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Matthews Alive Festival breaks fundraising record

Thousands of people lined historic downtown Matthews for a Labor Day parade as part of the Matthews Alive festivities on Saturday, Sept. 5, 2015.
Thousands of people lined historic downtown Matthews for a Labor Day parade as part of the Matthews Alive festivities on Saturday, Sept. 5, 2015. jsimmons@charlotteobserver.com

Organizers of the 2015 Matthews Alive Festival recently announced that a record $135,443 will be distributed to the 42 non-profits that provided more than 2,200 volunteers for this year’s Labor Day Weekend festival.

Sales of carnival rides, games, attractions, food vendor and craft booth rentals, exhibitor booth rentals and sponsorships generated the proceeds from the festival.

It is the highest payout in the festival’s 23-year history.

We had great crowds all day, every day.

Lee Anne Moore, Matthews Alive executive director

In addition to the hard work of Matthews Alive Board members and volunteers, Matthews Alive executive director Lee Anne Moore said the weather was a big factor in the festival’s success.

“We were blessed with super weather and low humidity, which never seems to happen in early September,” Moore said. “We had great crowds all day, every day.”

Though next year’s festival is still 10 months away, organizers are already busy planning for an even bigger and better event in 2016. If you would like more information or to find out how to get your non-profit involved in next year’s Matthews Alive, visit www.matthewsalive.org.

Organizations who will share in the proceeds from the 2015 festival are:

Blessed Assurance Adult Day Care, BSA Pack 214, BSA Troop 164, BSA Troop 174, BSA Troop 39, BSA Troop 46, BSA Troop 502, Butler Girls’ Volleyball, Butler High School Lacrosse Boosters, Butler HS Band Boosters, Butler Key Club, Butler Football Boosters, Candlewyck Baptist Church, COS Kids, Crestdale Middle School PTO, Cross and Crown Lutheran Church, Cub Scout Pack 46, East Meck Band Boosters, Girl Scouts Meck 8 Service Unit/Hornets Nest Council, First Baptist Church, HAWK, Home School Key Club, Levine Senior Center, The Matthews Help Center, Matthews Elementary PTO, Matthews Kiwanis Club, Matthews Masonic Lodge, Matthews United Methodist Church Youth Ministries, Matthews Women's Center, Socrates Academy Parent Faculty Involvement Association, South Meck Band Boosters, Stingray Aquatics, East Mecklenburg High School Band, Marvin Ridge High School Band, Sun Valley High School Band, Providence High School Band, Butler High School Band, Independence High School Band, Charlotte Woodworkers, Dreamweavers Basket Guild, Charlotte Woodcarvers and Oasis Shrine Club.

Melinda Johnston is a freelance writer: m.johnston@carolina.rr.com.

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