Brazos Valley Gives returns next month, benefitting over 150 non-profits

Early donations will begin on September 19th, and their big Giving Day is October 18th.
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Published: Sep. 14, 2022 at 9:22 PM CDT
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BRYAN, Texas (KBTX) - A ribbon cutting brought dozens of Brazos Valley non-profits to Big Shots Aggieland to kick off a big fundraiser.

Brazos Valley Gives is back for the fourth year, which raises funds for over 150 non-profit organizations from across the Brazos Valley. Event co-chair Molly Watson says this year, early donations will begin on September 19th, and their big Giving Day is October 18th.

“Our first year we raised a little over $320,000, and we thought it was amazing. Then the second year, we bumped up, and then the third year, it was $930,000. We really want to hit a million this year. We are just hoping, and we think we can,” Watson said.

The fundraiser is an 18-hour long event where people can donate any amount of money to the non-profit of their choosing.

“Our whole community can just come together just one community empowering donors, so you can give as little as $10 and I do want to say that there is no maximum gift,” she said.

Presenting sponsors David Gardner’s Jewelers as well as West, Webb, Allbritton & Gentry will give bonus prizes to non-profits who receive the most donations each hour on Giving Day. Wendie Warren with David Gardner’s Jewelers says this is an opportunity for them to get connected with area non-profits.

“It’s really just fun to meet everybody and find out what the organizations are doing and how you can really make a difference in changing lives saving lives and just really make a difference right here in our community,” Warren said.

Weldon Russell, a West, Webb, Allbritton & Gentry shareholder, says they need the community to help make this a success.

“You can literally go out and support whatever nonprofit it is that you know really means a lot to you and touches your heart, whether that’s the large nonprofit that might have been here for a long time, or, you know, the smallest of nonprofits that do stuff that’s just as important, but just touches a different part of that community,” Russell said.

Donations can be made online at brazosvalleygives.org once early donating begins next week. Physical donations can be dropped off on Giving Day at The Eagle in Bryan, Caldwell Civic Center, and Washington County Chamber of Commerce.