French Broad Crossing, a residential development within Preserve Communities, will donate more than $16,000 to local nonprofit Beacon of Hope which will provide 64,000 meals to Madison County families impacted by the coronavirus pandemic. The donation was driven by a matching campaign in which Preserve Communities CEO and Founder Jack Fisher pledged to double donations from the community up to $5,000. The donation to Beacon of Hope was made through the company’s foundation, The James Fisher Memorial Foundation.
“I grew up in Madison County so it holds a special place in my heart,” said Fisher. “I’m so inspired by how this community has united to help our neighbors in need and look forward to a continued partnership with Beacon of Hope to ensure those who are food-insecure will always have a reliable resource to turn to.”
The matching campaign was a true community effort with participants including French Broad Crossing homeowners, prospective homeowners and others in the community. Donors met the $5,000 matching grant in under 24 hours and then tripled it by the end of the campaign.
“We are seeing demand skyrocket due to COVID-19 so this donation could not have come at a better time, as we try to keep up with the growing need,” said Jessi Koontz, executive director & CEO of Beacon of Hope. “With this generous donation, French Broad Crossing and the community are reminding us how fortunate we are to live in a small town with a big heart.”
In April, Beacon of Hope served 982 families and those numbers continue to increase. To learn more about how you can help Madison County families in need, visit www.thebeaconofhopemarshall.org.