HUNTSVILLE — A slate of seasonal fundraisers has been wiped clean by COVID-19 — and Huntsville charities are feeling the pinch.
Melissa Polischuk, fund development and public relations co-ordinator for Hospice Huntsville, said the not-for-profit palliative care organization postpones its spring events in the wake of the public health crisis, including its largest annual fundraiser, Hike for Hospice Huntsville.
The charity, she said, still needed to raise $658,000 annually.
As a result, the organization had launched online fundraising campaigns through canadahelps.org.
Community members were rising to the challenge, too, whether by signing up for annual giving programs, like Hospice Huntsville’s 500 Club, or sewing masks to raise donations or hosting online auctions via social media.
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Katherine Craine, executive director for Huntsville Hospital Foundation, said several seasonal fundraisers and events had been cancelled in 2020, including the Huntsville Hospital Foundation Charity Golf Tournament.
Seasonal events typically help the foundation raise at least $500,000.