McKINNEY (Sept. 15, 2014) — Thursday, Sept. 18 from 6 a.m. to midnight is North Texas Giving Day, and 20 Collin County nonprofits will be at McKinney’s historic downtown square (111 N. Tennessee St.) from 10 a.m. to 10 p.m.

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The event features carnival games, prizes, and showcase performances. The nonprofits are available to share information about what they do for the community and to help donors make donations that qualify for $2 million in bonus funds and prize money.

After last year’s national record-crushing 75,000 donations totaling $25.2 million, North Texas Giving Day is back with the hope that North Texas will rise to the challenge and outdo itself once again. With new community events, extra time to donate and additional prizes, the sixth annual North Texas Giving Day aims to raise the giving day bar once again to benefit more North Texas nonprofits.

Donations can be made 6 a.m. to midnight on Sept. 18 to more than 1,600 certified nonprofits listed on the new website Donations $25 and above will be amplified by $2 million in bonus funds and prizes.

In just five years, North Texas Giving Day has pumped more than $60 million into the North Texas community. In 2013, more than 75,000 gifts totaling $25.2 million, benefiting more than 1,350 nonprofits.

Schedule of Events

Free Carnival games, prizes, animals, popcorn and drinks all day!

11:00 a.m. – Welcome and Proclamation by McKinney Mayor Brian Loughmiller

11:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. – Performance by First Class Bluegrass sponsored by Embrace Texas

4:30 p.m. to 5:30 p.m. – Performance by McKinney Boyd High School Orchestra sponsored by McKinney Education Foundation

7:30 p.m. to 8:15 p.m. – Performance by McKinney Community Band

Participating Agencies

The Alliance of Elite Youth Leadership

Boys and Girls Club of Collin County

CASA of Collin County

Collin College Foundation

Collin County City of Hope

Collin County Humane Society

Community Lifeline Center

Embrace Texas

Heard Natural Science Museum & Wildlife Sanctuary

Lifepath Systems Foundation

ManeGait Therapeutic Horsemanship

McKinney Community Band

McKinney Education Foundation

North Collin County Habitat for Humanity

North Texas Cat Rescue

Refuge City

St. Cloud’s Rescue

Stronger Than Espresso

The Samaritan Inn

Volunteer McKinney