The Phinney Neighborhood Community Chorus’s annual concert to benefit a school in Haiti raised far more money this year than previously.
Chorus member Mike Veitenhans tells me the chorus had hoped to raise $8,000. But shortly before Saturday night’s concert, a representative from the Mona Foundation, which funds the Georges Marcellus School in rural Haiti through donations, told the chorus that an anonymous donor had heard about the chorus’s fundraising efforts and promised to match whatever they raised, up to $10,000.
After informing the audience of that pledge match, audience members reached deep and donated $11,550. A few more donations rolled in after the concert, and with the anonymous donor match, the chorus raised a record $21,550.
The chorus has now raised more than $90,000 for Haitian school children in the last 15 years.