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Give to the Max Day raises $18M in 24 hours, just shy of 2014 record

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More than $18 million was donated by Minnesotans to charities and nonprofits for Give to the Max Day, falling just short of the all-time record.

GiveMN puts the final total for its 7th annual daylong giving campaign at $18.063 million, which was donated by charitable Minnesotans to various schools, charities and other organizations listed on its website on Thursday.

It was just shy of the record $18.3 million donated in 2014, according to the Duluth News Tribune.

As of 11 p.m. on Thursday, the organization’s website showed that Cretin-Derham Hall had raised the most money at $505,511.

However the Star Tribune reports that Interfaith Outreach was on track to raise $700,000, which didn't show up on the GiveMN website because much was being raised offline and during the course of the week.

The organization has been sponsoring a happy hour, music and events to raise awareness about poverty at Lunds & Byerlys stores this week.

Elsewhere, the newspaper notes the Wildcat Sanctuary in Sandstone attracted a hefty number of donations from almost 600 people by Thursday evening.

In an effort to encourage Minnesotans to give what they can, GiveMN had matching donations and events throughout the day, including a lip sync battle with local principals.

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