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Checkers sought $10,000 to help Hospitality House but get double the money

The Charlotte Checkers Charitable Foundation and the family foundation created by Checkers owner Michael Kahn issued a joint community challenge Wednesday, offering to match up to $10,000 in donations made this year to the nonprofit Hospitality House of Charlotte.

It took less than an hour, however.

The challenge was issued during the nonprofit’s annual fall luncheon on Wednesday. By the time it was over, the 130 attendees had donated enough to match the $10,000 two times over. In all, $33,000 was raised – $550 per minute.

“We were ecstatic to match it in only a day,” said Carrie Howell, CEO of Hospitality House. “And I would have estimated $20,000 would be raised in total, not $33,000.”

Hospitality House of Charlotte is a nonprofit that provides lodging to families of patients receiving medical treatment at local hospitals. To date, it has helped more than 46,000 guests from 49 states and 38 countries.

Kahn is a member of the agency’s board. The luncheon also included representatives from the Carolina Panthers, the Levine Children’s Hospital, Novant Health and Carolinas HealthCare System.

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