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Area nonprofits collectively raised $286,908 during the annual Match Madness campaign held through the month of March.

When added to the $75,000 match pool, the grand total for this year’s effort increased to $361,908.

Becca Raley, executive director of Partnership for Better Health, said that represents a 22% increase over last year’s effort which raised $297,000, including the match.

Now in its third year, Match Madness offers participating nonprofits a proportionate share of its stretch pool for the funds it raises during the campaign.

“The big theme for this year in every way was growth. We were able to grow the total match from $50,000 to $75,000 with M&T Bank’s contribution to that. We were able to grow the total number of organizations that participated from 21 organizations to 28 nonprofits this year,” Raley said.

The nonprofit organizations received checks for their donations at a reception Tuesday evening at a reception held at Two Mile House in South Middleton Township.

The top fundraising organizations for the campaign were The Salvation Army, Living Well Institute, Project SHARE, Cumberland Valley Rails to Trails Council and Maranatha.

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Email Tammie at tgitt@cumberlink.com. Follow her on Twitter @TammieGitt.

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Carlisle Reporter

Carlisle Reporter for The Sentinel.