Despite the financial impact of the pandemic, area businesses have again stepped up to make possible a prize package of over $14,000 with the support of the Cattaraugus Region Community Foundation for Cattaraugus Gives in 2020.  

Cattaraugus Gives is a 24-hour online fundraising event that will be held on Tuesday, Dec. 1, this year and will bring together area nonprofits in a variety of service areas in friendly competition to celebrate the community’s spirit of giving.

Last year, participating 70 Cattaraugus Gives participating nonprofits together raised $110,996 during the 24-hour event.

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Confirmed prizes for Cattaraugus Gives to date are as follows:

  • The Cutco Corporation Overall Most Donors Top Prize (sponsored by Cutco Corp.) - $2,000 for the organization receiving gifts from the most donors overall during Cattaraugus Gives
  • The Both, Branch and Hendrix Overall Most Donors Second Prize (sponsored by Both, Branch and Hendrix) - $1,000 for the organization receiving gifts from the second most donors during Cattaraugus Gives
  • The Kaleigh Wilday Fund Youth Enrichment Prize (sponsored by the Kaleigh Wilday Endowment Fund) - $500 for the youth enrichment organization or organization offering youth enrichment programming that receives the most donors.
  • The Eager Beaver Prize (sponsored by CRCF) - $500 for the organization receiving gifts from the most donors between 12 and 1 a.m. during Cattaraugus Gives
  • The Early Bird from Bluebird Square Golden Ticket Prize (sponsored by Park Centre Development) – Random $250 drawing of organizations receiving a donation between 6 and 7 a.m.
  • The Breakfast Hour Golden Ticket Prize (sponsored by the Hedley-Brook Agency) - Random $250 drawing of organizations receiving a donation between 7 and 8 a.m.
  • Community Bank’s Bank is Open Hour Prize (sponsored by Community Bank, N.A.) - $500 for the organization receiving gifts from the most donors between 8 and 9 a.m.
  • CRCF Growing Good Golden Ticket Prize – Random $250 drawing of organizations receiving donations between 9 and 10 a.m.
  • BWB Morning Golden Ticket Prize (sponsored by Buffamante Whipple Buttafaro P.C) - Random $250 drawing of organizations receiving a donation between 10 and 11 a.m.
  • CRCF Supportive Hour Golden Ticket Prize – Random $250 drawing of organizations receiving a donation between 10 and 11 a.m.
  • Morgan Stanley Lunch Meeting Hour Prize (sponsored by the Cornell-Pleakis Group at Morgan Stanley) - $500 for the organization receiving gifts from the most donors between 11 a.m. and 12 p.m.
  • Duggan & Duggan Community Building Hour Prize (sponsored by Duggan & Duggan) – $500 for the organization receiving gifts from the most donors between 12 and 1 p.m
  • CRCF Responsive Hour Golden Ticket Prize – Random $250 drawing of organizations receiving a donation between 1 and 2 p.m.
  • Holiday Valley Powder Hour Prize (sponsored by Holiday Valley) - $500 for the organization receiving gifts from the most donors between 3 and 4 p.m.
  • Homeward Bound Golden Ticket Prize (sponsored by Howard Hanna Realty) – Random $250 drawing of organizations receiving a donation between 4 and 5 p.m.
  • Olean Area Federal Credit Union After Work Drive-Through Hour Prize (sponsored by the Olean Area Federal Credit Union) - $500 for the organization receiving gifts from most donors between 5 and 6 p.m.
  • The Olean Hour Golden Ticket Prize (sponsored by the Greater Olean Area Chamber of Commerce) – Random $250 drawing of organizations receiving a donation between 6:04 and 7:04 p.m., in honor of the year of Olean’s founding in 1804
  • The Women’s Health Hour Prize (sponsored by Women’s Health of WNY) – $500 for the organization receiving gifts from the most donors between 7 and 8 p.m.
  • The Petruzzi Power Hour Prize (sponsored by Petruzzi Insurance) $500 for the organization receiving gifts from the most donors between 8 and 9 p.m.
  • Olean Medical Group Wellness Hour Golden Ticket Prize (sponsored by Olean Medical Group) – Random $250 drawing of organizations receiving a donation between 9 and 10 p.m.
  • It’s Getting Late Golden Ticket Prize  (sponsored by Jim Bardenett) - Random $250 drawing of organizations receiving a donation between 10 and 11 p.m.
  • CRCF Last Push Golden Ticket Hour Prize (sponsored by CRCF) – Random $250 drawing of organizations receiving a donation between 11:00 p.m. and 12:00 a.m, the final hour of Cattaraugus Gives.
  • CRCF Big Donor Prize – $1,000 for the organization receiving the most gifts of $100 or more.
  • CRCF Big Donor Prize (second place) - $500 for the organization receiving the most gifts of $100 or more.
  • CRCF Social Media Champion Prize - $250 for the organization with the most creative social media campaign as judged by the CRCF marketing committee.
  • CRCF Social Media Champion Prize (second place) - $150 for the organization with the most creative social media campaign (second place).
  • CRCF Fundraising Champion Prize - $500 for the organization with the peer-to-peer fundraiser who raises the most money during Cattaraugus Gives.

Additionally, CRCF will also be sponsoring a $1,000 Big Donor Match that will match $100 of the first 10 gifts of $100 or more during Cattaraugus Gives.

CRCF will also be sponsoring three total prize drawings for organizations registered early for Cattaraugus Gives. The first, a $100 drawing, was won by Canticle Farm.

All prizes are subject to change. Offline donations will count only towards the overall prizes for most donors and the Big Donor Prize. Offline donations will not count towards any time-based prizes. Organizations can receive a maximum of two prizes. If an organization is chosen initially as a winner of more than two prizes, the organization will receive the two prizes with the highest dollar amounts.

According to CRCF Executive Director Karen Neimic Buchheit, the growing prize package and increased recognition of Cattaraugus Gives positions the day to have an even bigger impact at a critical time.

“We know that people are our area nonprofits have felt the financial strain of the COVID-19 pandemic, but we have seen our community step up time and time again to make a difference for those in need,” Buchheit said. “In a time where we have to be physically apart, Cattaraugus Gives brings us together, and I know the community will again rally around the nonprofits that provide such essential services, especially in times like these.

Any businesses or individuals who would still like to join in sponsoring Cattaraugus Gives can contact the foundation at foundation@cattfoundation.org or 716-301-2723. Any changes to the prize list will be reflected at cattaraugusgives.org/prizes.

To learn more about how to support Cattaraugus Gives, visit cattaraugusgives.org.

The Cattaraugus Region Community Foundation is the area’s supportive, responsive and trusted community foundation. Established in 1994, CRCF is growing good by connecting donors to the causes they care about most in the region. Grants from the foundation support many areas, including education, scholarships, health care, the arts, community development, human service, and youth development. To learn more, call (716) 301-CRCF (2723), email foundation@cattfoundation.org, or visit online at www.cattfoundation.org. CRCF is also on Facebook (facebook.com/cattfoundation) and Twitter (@CattFoundation).