Brunch Bunch raises more than $34,000

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The annual Brunch Bunch charity "fun-raiser" held Thanksgiving morning in Kent raised more than $34,000, according to organizers of the event.

"Based on preliminary numbers, the committee is very excited to share that Brunch Bunch raised just over $34,000 this year," said Michelle Hartman, Brunch Bunch committee chairwoman.

"Once again, the community showed their support and generosity in a tremendous way by donating items for the live auction, as well as with their spirited bidding at the event. It truly takes a team effort of volunteers and community support to make this event the success it is year after year, and we are so grateful to be surrounded by so many caring people that give with an open heart," Hartman said.

The Brunch Bunch received a donation of $1,230 from Portage Community Bank, a partner organizer for the event.

Bank president Rick Coe said the money was raised by bank employees who paid $2 every Friday over the last few months for the right to wear jeans to work. Cajun Dave's at the Water Street Tavern also partnered with Brunch Bunch for a third year by offering smoked turkeys to help with the fundraising effort.

The gathering, which has become a Kent holiday tradition, dates to 1968. Proceeds from the annual auction are shared by charitable organizations. The event was held at the Kent American Legion Hall.

"We sincerely appreciate the support we receive each year, and we are already looking forward to Brunch Bunch 45!" Hartman said.

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