As it did last year, Music on the Hill came away from Fairfield County’s Giving Day as the biggest fundraiser in Wilton.
Sponsored by Fairfield County’s Community Foundation, 11,742 donors raised $1,719,685 for 415 organizations in a 24-hour online donation marathon on Feb. 28. This was the sixth Giving Day and the total dollars raised represents a 17% increase from the prior Giving Day record.
The overall leader was Curtain Call, Inc., community theater of Stamford, which raised $135,515 in gifts and prizes. It also had the second-most number of supporters at 1,045. LifeBridge Community Services had the most donors at 1,117, and raised $60,623 from gifts and prizes.
In second place overall was Wildlife in Crisis of Weston, which raised $82,110 from 150 gifts and prizes.
Music on the Hill, which finished in ninth place overall, by far raised the most money of any Wilton nonprofit, receiving $27,184. Next was the Animals in Distress cat shelter, which received $6,085.
Based at WEPCO, Music on the Hill has four musical ensembles that perform six concerts each year. It also offers educational workshops and social events.
Participating Wilton nonprofits were:
- A Better Chance of Wilton — $2,295
- Ambler Farm — $5,420
- Animals in Distress — $6,085
- Mianus Chapter of Trout Unlimited — $5,235
- Music on the Hill — $27,184
- Norwalk River Watershed Association (Georgetown) — $180
- Riverbrook Regional YMCA — $95
- The Salvation Army (Wilton Service Unit) — $150
- The Wilton Playshop — $1,660
- Trackside Teen Center — $360
- Visiting Nurse & Hospice of Fairfield County — $1,270
- Wilton Education Foundation — $200
- Wilton Historical Society — $445
- Wilton Singers — $1,240
- Wilton Volunteer Ambulance Corps — $275
- Wilton Youth Council — $800
- Woodcock Nature Center — $2,110
More details may be found at FCGives.org.