Washington County Gives Kick Off Event Held at Hagerstown City Park Awards $5,500 to Participating Nonprofits


The Community Foundation of Washington County MD, Inc. has kicked off a week of anticipation leading up to Tuesday, May 10th’s tenth annual Washington County Gives Day of Giving with an official “Kick Off Event” at Hagerstown City Park. Hosted by local personality Ryan Smetzer this event drew attendance of approximately 150 nonprofit representatives, all eager to win prizes.

Aspiring to Serve, American Red Cross of Greater Shenandoah Valley, and Authentic Community Theatre each won $1,000 prizes sponsored by AC&T, the John R. Hershey & Anna L. Hershey Family Foundation, and Volvo Group.

Habitat for Humanity of Washington County and Humane Society of Washington County each won $250 prizes sponsored by Mathias Trust.

Horizon Goodwill Industries, Discovery Station at Hagerstown, Western Maryland Hospital Center Therapeutic Gardens, Reach of Washington County, Hagerstown Hopes, and Justice’s Sake, each won $250 prizes sponsored by God’s Grace Fund.

Maryland Crime Victims’ Resource Center, Inc. of Western Maryland, St. Maria Goretti Catholic High School, Inc., and Camp Ritchie Museum, Inc., each won $100 random prizes.

Washcloths for Wellness and Washington County Arts Council each won a $100 Ryan Smetzer Award.

To view participating non-profit organizations competing for leaderboard positions and prize drawings, potential donors are encouraged to visit www.washingtoncountygives.org.

In the past nine years, Washington County Gives has raised $3,794,397 for our community. It creates real change that goes directly to participating nonprofits through unrestricted fundraising, combined with fund-matching and random prizes drawn from overall sponsorships.

This year’s sponsors include AC&T, the John R. Hershey & Anna L. Hershey Family Foundation, Volvo, the Pauline Anderson Foundation, God’s Grace Fund, Mathias Trust, The Nora Roberts Foundation, the Hamilton Family Foundation, FirstEnergy Foundation, CNB Bank, Copyquik, Jamison Door, Hagerstown Honda, Patriot Federal Credit Union, Younger Auto Group, Blue Ridge Risk Partners, Twigg Cycles.

Donations open at midnight on Tuesday, May 10th and last for a full 24 hours, exclusively at www.washingtoncountygives.org