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Public Invited to Give, Celebrate Generosity on Match Day


By the Hutchinson Community Foundation


HUTCHINSON, Kan. — As a highlight of Hutchinson Community Foundation’s 35th year of serving Reno County, Match Day, the popular day of community generosity, returns May 1 with a slate of activities planned.

A theme of this year’s Match Day is “Love where you live,” and members of the public are invited to demonstrate their love by coming to the Wiley Building, 100 N. Main St., Hutchinson, from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. May 1 to give to their choice of 38 Reno County nonprofit organizations. Those gifts will be met proportionately from the community foundation’s $100,000 matching pool. On the last Match Day in 2020, 949 donors raised $411,699 in 24 hours for 34 nonprofits.

All gifts will benefit the organizations’ endowed funds. “Match Day has always been about building the long-term sustainability of local nonprofit organizations by helping to build their endowed savings accounts,” said Aubrey Abbott Patterson, community foundation president and CEO. The support from strong endowments helps nonprofits spend more time focused on their missions, she said.

As extra incentive to come to the Wiley Building, hourly prize grants will be given throughout the day, drawn from the previous hour’s donors contributing in person. Organizations can also earn prize grants if they have the most individual donors.
The following activities are also planned:

  • Happening all day: Giving stations, placemaking demonstrations from the Wiley Building through DCI park, arts and crafts activities, music and sound provided by B.Epic! Events, photobooth, window and chalk art displays by Kara Vaughn, socializing areas provided by Sleep Shoppe and Furniture Gallery and Pools Plus, Ideatek Wi-Fi
  • 10 a.m. to noon: Daylight Donuts, live radio remote
  • 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.: Gambino’s Pizza, live musical performances atop the Historic Fox Theatre
  • 1 to 3 p.m.: Pies from Carolyn’s Essenhaus provided by People’s Bank and Trust
  • 3:30 to 5 p.m.: Ice cream provided by Heartland Credit Union, family philanthropy activities, May Day basket-making by Absolutely Flowers

For Reno County residents who can’t make it to Hutchinson, they will have the opportunity to give from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. at one of the following locations:

  • Arlington, Community Center, 900 W. Main St.
  • Buhler, Mustard Seed, 214 N. Main St., Buhler
  • Haven, Community Building, 215 S. Reno
  • Nickerson, Community Center, 11 N. Nickerson St.
  • Partridge, gazebo at Partridge Community Church, 218 S. Main
  • Pretty Prairie, City Office and Library, 119 W. Main St.

Donors may also give online from midnight to midnight May 1 at All donations, made in person or online, are tax deductible and can be made to multiple organizations.

For more information, visit or contact Aubrey Abbott Patterson, [email protected].

Participating organizations:

Big Brothers Big Sisters of Reno County
Boys & Girls Clubs of Hutchinson, Inc.
BrightHouse, Inc.
Buhler USD 313 Education Foundation
Cancer Council of Reno County
Cause for Paws
Central Christian School
Dillon Nature Center
Early Education Center, Inc.
Family Community Theatre
Food Bank of Reno County
Friends of the Zoo
Hospice & HomeCare of Reno County
Hutch Rec Foundation
Hutchinson Animal Shelter
Hutchinson Art Center
Hutchinson Meals on Wheels
Hutchinson Public Schools
Hutchinson Regional Medical Foundation
Hutchinson’s Historic Fox Theatre
Interfaith Housing & Community Services
Kansas Association of Community Foundations
Mennonite Friendship Communities
The Nature Conservancy in Kansas
New Beginnings, Inc.
Radio Kansas
Reno County Museum

Rise Up Reno Prevention Network
RSVP/The Volunteer Center
Salvation Army of Hutchinson
Stage 9
Sunshine Meadows Retirement Community
TECH, Inc.
United Way of Reno County
USD 312 Haven Schools
Wesley Towers
Hutchinson Community Foundation’s mission is to inspire philanthropy, leadership and collaboration to strengthen Reno County. Since 1989, the foundation has granted more than $104 million to organizations.