Second Permian Basin Gives to take place May 18

first_img Facebook WhatsApp Local News Pinterest Twitter WhatsApp After a chaotic 2020 in which numerous nonprofit organizations had to postpone or cancel fundraisers in the Permian Basin due to COVID, the inaugural Permian Basin Gives was soon put to plan.The community-wide event and community coordinated event turned out to be a success back in August and now the second edition of it will take place on May 18.One-hundred-thirty-one nonprofits from the area will be coming together to participate in the 24-hour day of giving.“It’ll be nonprofits from Midland and Odessa and the Trans-Pecos area, so all over the area and it’s a way for people to donate and make an impact with the nonprofit sector,” Executive Director of the Nonprofit Management Center Laurie Johnson said.Johnson said that the idea of a giving back fundraiser for nonprofits had been in the works for awhile, but they hadn’t been able to find the right way to do it until last year.“Several of the directors of area nonprofits were talking about what we can do to try and put together some way to encourage giving to the nonprofits because so many of us had to cancel or postpone events,” Johnson said. “Some had to be put on hold in so many cases. We wanted to find a way to encourage giving to the nonprofits so we came together as a group and created Permian Basin Gives where all the donations are driven through the website.Beginning at 12:01 a.m. on May 18, it will last until 11:59 p.m. Only gifts received during the 24-hour period can be applied to the goal and are eligible for matching donations for those designated agencies.A list of the agencies can be found at the Permian Basin Gives website.“You can go on there and look at the list of nonprofits that are participating or you can click on their icons and it will take you to their page,” Johnson said. “But it’s really a community effort. We really felt the need to help nonprofits while everyone was struggling and has been struggling, because in many cases, some people have had to cancel their fundraising events. It also encourages people to think past the events and encourages them to look for new ways to get new donations.”Johnson said most of the difficulties in coordinating the event have come from doing it virtually.“Most of everything is being done by Zoom now,” Johnson said. “Coordinating via Zoom and getting people out into the community to put out yard signs and pick up yard signs and that’s been challenging because we’ve had to do it all virtually.”The nonprofits that participate are asked to set their goals for the fundraiser.“There are participation forms and deadlines that they have to meet to be able to participate,” Johnson said. “They have to set a goal and the goal that’s been set by the nonprofits is a little over $2.5 million for that 24-hour period.”Last year’s goal was $1,688,500.That mark was more than met as last year’s Permian Basin Gives reached a total of $1,826,060.98.“Without the nonprofits, we wouldn’t have the community that we have,” Johnson said. “The nonprofits provide so much.”Just like in August, this edition of Permian Basin gives will feature a telethon on the day of the event.“This year, Channel 7, Channel 9, Channel 2 and Basin PBS will all be participating and from 6:30-7, the three networks and Basin PBS will be televising live from the Basin PBS studios,” Johnson said. “Then from 7-8:30, the telethon will continue and be broadcast on Basin PBS, but the other networks will be participating. I think it’s amazing that we were able to get all four networks to come together and participate together to do this.”Another key difference between this Permian Basin Gives and last year is the amount of people who are aware of it now.“We have more participants,” Johnson said. “What’s different is that this year (is) we can concentrate more on getting people to donate versus having to tell people what Permian Basin Gives is. Last year was the first year that people had heard of it. Now, people are aware of it.” Twitter By Michael Bauer – May 14, 2021 Facebook Second Permian Basin Gives to take place May 18 Previous articleTxDOT launches awareness campaignNext articleDAILY OIL PRICE: May 14, 2021 Michael Bauer Pinterestlast_img read more

ISDH announces 42 new deaths and new cases of COVID-19

first_imgPositive Cases per CountyThe Indiana State Department of Health (ISDH) today announced that 642 additional Hoosiers have been diagnosed with COVID-19.  A total of 10,154 Indiana residents have tested positive for the coronavirus.  To date, 54,785 tests have been reported to ISDH and a total of 519 Hoosiers have died to date.Locally, Decatur County has a total of 165 positive cases and 17 deaths (up 5 cases and 3 deaths, respectively), Franklin County has stayed at 87 positive cases and 7 deaths, and Ripley County numbers have shifted down to 77 positive cases (up 1 case) and 3 deaths. The changes in Ripley and Franklin County are due to Batesville residents that live in Franklin County being counted in the incorrect County.  Deaths per Countylast_img

Ninth-ranked men’s tennis to take on Bay Area teams

first_imgThe No. 9 men’s tennis team comes back to Marks Stadium after over a month on the road for two back-to-back conference matches against No. 16 Cal on Friday and No. 36 Stanford on Saturday.USC is 11-4 overall and 1-1 in the Pac-12 after losing 4-3 to Washington on Friday and beating Oregon 4-3 on Sunday.The Trojans have four singles player ranked nationally. At No. 25 is senior captain Max de Vroome, currently enjoying the best ranking of his college career. No. 55 is junior Nick Crystal, followed three spots behind at No. 58 by freshman Logan Smith. Another freshman, Jake deVine ranks at No. 109. The only doubles pair is composed by Crystal and freshman Laurens Verboven, currently at No. 38.The first opponent for the Trojans is No. 16 Cal on Friday. The Golden Bears are 10-3 on the season and undefeated in the Pac-12 after beating Arizona 4-0 and Utah 4-3 last week.Four Cal players are currently ranked nationally in singles. At No. 17 is junior Andre Goransson, followed at No. 28 by junior Florian Lakat. At No. 40 is sophomore Billy Griffith, while at No. 62 is senior Oskar Wikberg. The Golden Bears have two doubles pairs in the rankings as well. At No. 44 is junior Filip Bergevi with Lakat, who is also ranked at No. 76 with Goransson. The last meeting between USC and Cal dates back to last year, when the Trojans defeated the Bears 4-2 on the road in Berkeley.USC will play No. 36 Stanford on Saturday. The Cardinal are 10-6 overall, and they have an undefeated 2-0 record in the conference.The Cardinal have four players in the rankings. Sophomore Tom Fawcett leads the team at No. 6, followed at No. 56 by another sophomore, David Wilczynski. At No. 101 is freshman Sameer Kumar, while senior Maciek Romanowicz is currently at No. 110. Romanowicz is also in the doubles rankings at No. 64, pairing up with senior Nolan Paige.The Trojans beat the Cardinal 5-2 in a non-conference match earlier in this season on Feb. 26. In that match, the Trojans were able to come back after losing the doubles point, recording five wins in the singles matches. The only loss in singles came from Court 5, where freshman Jack Jaede lost at the tiebreak of the third set to Romanowicz.The matches will begin at 3 p.m. on Friday and at 12 p.m. on Saturday.last_img read more