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Tampa Bay Times readers helped more than double newsroom’s fundraising goal

Weeklong campaign to benefit local news brought in over $120,000 and counting.
Two weeks after winning the Pulitzer Prize for investigative reporting, the Tampa Bay Times newsroom held its annual weeklong fundraiser. Readers helped the Times more than double the fundraising goal.
Two weeks after winning the Pulitzer Prize for investigative reporting, the Tampa Bay Times newsroom held its annual weeklong fundraiser. Readers helped the Times more than double the fundraising goal. [ BOYZELL HOSEY | Times ]
Published Jun. 3|Updated Jun. 3

When the Tampa Bay Times newsroom kicked off a week-long annual fundraiser, we set a goal of $50,000.

And, wow, did our readers respond.

We raised $121,370, and checks are still arriving.

More than 500 individuals made contributions online, ranging from $10 to $5,000.

We received $52,490 through our campaign portal. Another $9,395 came to us through our main donation page at tampabay.com. And as of Friday, we logged an additional $59,485 in checks mailed to us, including one for $50,000 from The Yerrid Foundation, a nonprofit chaired by prominent Tampa attorney Steve Yerrid.

We are incredibly grateful.

Related: Support our Tampa Bay Times journalism funds

All the proceeds will help pay for local news gathering. The amount raised during this campaign is enough to fund two journalists for a year.

Since our fundraising drive closed, some of you have asked if you can still contribute.

You can. Just go to www.tampabay.com/donate for the details. You can also reach out to Annica Keeler, our director of development and community relations, at akeeler@tampabay.com or by phone at 727-892-2264

From all of us at the Times, we want to extend our heartfelt appreciation for your support and encouragement.

Thank you!

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