The inaugural “Believe in Bellevue” held on Tuesday, August 4 rallied supporters from across the community and generated more than $20,000 for Bellevue nonprofits. Hosted by the Bellevue Public Schools Foundation, Bellevue Community Foundation and Bellevue Chamber of Commerce, in partnership with the City of Bellevue, “Believe in Bellevue” proved that the giving-spirit is alive and well in the Bellevue community.
More than 300 donations were gifted among the twenty participating nonprofits totaling $20,410. Many donors gave to multiple organizations. In addition to donations received from individual donations, nonprofits were also eligible for incentive cash prizes funded by event sponsors: Susan Hester for Legislature, Centris Federal Credit Union, State Farm Team Ricchini, High Hopes Foundation, Beardmore Subaru and Smith Kroeger.
August 4, 2020 will serve as a foundation for future “Believe in Bellevue” fundraisers. “Believe in Bellevue’s” organizing partners have high hopes for the event to grow into an annual Bellevue community staple. Due to this year’s success, significant expansion is anticipated in 2021. Plans for next year’s event are already in the works.
Bellevue Mayor Rusty Hike, thanked everyone who organized and participated in this inaugural fundraising effort and said, “we are fortunate that so many people were willing to come together and help make a tangible difference in our community. I look forward to watching this annual day of giving grow and prosper in years to come.”
Matt Goetz, who serves as the Director of the Bellevue Junior Sports Association (BJSA) also thanked the Bellevue Community for their charitable spending stating, “the money we raised in this one day of giving will allow us to enhance a few of our programs and offer better opportunities for the youth of our community. On behalf of the BJSA Board of Director’s, this support is humbling and much appreciated!”
Thank you to everyone who supported and donated to “Believe in Bellevue”. Nonprofits are an important part of the community and funding is essential to continue important efforts.
Additional information can be found at believeinbellevue.org.