More than 425 local businesses and individuals donated $137,747 to benefit the Shoreline Soup Kitchens & Pantries in Connecticut though the Gowrie Group Challenge.
The Connecticut-based independent insurance agency said the fundraising effort surpassed a declared goal of raising $125,000 and more donors than ever before participated.
The Gowrie Group launched the annual effort Nov. 15 with a $25,000 dollar-for-dollar matching donation to the Shoreline Soup Kitchens.
LC Doane Co., The Safety Zone, Tower Labs, Andre Prost and All Waste became partner sponsors by providing an additional $22,500 in matching funds, Gowrie said. Two special community events also contributed to the effort this year: a benefit concert at The Katharine Hepburn Cultural Arts Center and the "Ahavah" ballet by the Christian Academy of Dance.
"Since the inception of the Gowrie Challenge 11 years ago, we have raised close to $1 million to benefit SSKP,” Gowrie Group CEO Carter Gowrie said in a statement. “That equates to nearly 3 million meals. I am proud to be a part of a strong local community which believes in supporting those in need."