With help from Columbus employees, residents and business leaders, the city raised $32,857 to help Haiti after it was ravaged by a deadly earthquake in January.
“We had a lot of fun with this campaign,” said Lisa Goodwin, deputy city manager of Columbus. “We wanted to do something with the employees.”
The city hosted two radiothons in the “Columbus Gives its Heart to Haiti” campaign in front of the Government Center between Feb. 1 and March 31. That was combined with efforts from businesses and residents in a “Columbus United For Haiti” festival at South Commons.
At the Government Center, Mayor Jim Wetherington and other city officials stood on the street corners near the Government Center seeking donations for its $50,000 goal. Employees purchased buttons, dinners, special coupons to wear jeans and took part in other opportunities to donate money.
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Columbus business owners helped sponsor a fundraiser at the Civic Center with food, games and live entertainment. It alone raised $4,313. More than $22,000 was raised through the radiothons, employees and residents’ donations. Fourth Street Baptist Church also contributed $5,000.
To end the campaign, city employees were handed red gloves to take part in a festive tribute to the fundraising effort and Haiti. The money collected by the city will go to CARE Inc.