April 10, 2018

Brackets for Good tourney draws $157K in donations

PHOTO | Contributed
PHOTO | Contributed

A statewide fundraising tournament raised more than $157,700 for nonprofits across the state, officials said.

A total of 58 nonprofits participated in the head-to-head Brackets for Good competition, which challenges participating organizations to rally donors to out-fundraise their opponents in order to advance in the bracket-style tournament.

There were a total of 1,938 individual donations during the tournament, which ran from March 2 through April 8. In 2017, the Hartford-area Brackets for Good tournament raised $216,348.

First Tee of Connecticut, an organization providing a variety of educational youth programs across Connecticut, won this year's tournament by raising $19,242 during the final round, surpassing New Britain-based Community Mental Health Affiliates.

Overall, First Tee raised a total of $36,982, while Community Mental Health Affiliates, last year's champion, raised $21,266. First Tee will also get a $10,000 bonus grant from Stanley Black & Decker for winning the tournament.

Among the other Connecticut nonprofits raising the most funds are Hartford City Mission, $15,001; Cove Center for Grieving Children, $10,370; The Mark Twain House & Museum, $10,232; and the Connecticut Humane Society, $6,507.

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