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Penny Pitch raises nearly $183,000 for Gigi’s Playhouse

(Darrin Wright/WOwO News)

FORT WAYNE, Ind. (WOWO): This year’s 74th annual WOWO Penny Pitch was among the biggest ever.

Thanks to the generosity of donors large and small, $182,910 was raised for Gigi’s Playhouse Down Syndrome Achievement Centers of Fort Wayne.

It’s the single largest (non-matched) total in the fundraiser’s history.

The funds will go toward expanding the organization’s Career Development Programs, including the purchase of a van to transport Gigi’s “Ambassadors” to and from work at the Genesis Health Bar and the salary of the bus’s driver.

The initial goal was $81,000. With the surplus, Fort Wayne branch founder Cindy Atkinson says they will be able to expand their reach and service goals “tenfold.”

You can still donate to Penny Pitch, or learn more about GiGi’s Playhouse, at this link.

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