Local Business Owner Uses Anniversary to Surprise Thousands of Nonprofits | Local news

Ella McGruder with Project Unity is holding a ping pong ball that she selected from Eric Wylie’s “10 for 10” project. The $ 4,500 written on the ball represents money the nonprofit has received from Wylie, left, and his wife, Joey. Wylie has donated a total of $ 53,000 to 10 local nonprofits.

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This fall, Eric Wylie celebrated the 10th anniversary of his firm Element Retirement & Investment Consultants by surprising 10 community nonprofits with thousands of dollars.

Named “10 for 10,” Wylie visited 10 nonprofits in the Bryan-College Station community with a bucket of 50 ping-pong balls, each valued between $ 2,500 and $ 10,000. $.

A representative from each nonprofit reached out in the bucket to pick up a ball with the selected dollar amount. Wylie traded the ping-pong ball for a check worth that amount. In total, Wylie said, he and his wife, Joey, donated $ 53,000.

“It was just a lot of excitement,” he said in October. “It was fun for them; it was fun for me. It’s just a blast. We had so much fun doing it for sure.

Wylie and his wife have served on the boards of various nonprofits and said they understand the time and energy it takes to raise money and how difficult it can be at times. The criteria they used to select the 10 organizations were local nonprofits that served underserved populations in the community.

Organizations that benefited from Wylie’s 10 for 10 project were United Way of Brazos Valley, $ 10,000; Project unit, $ 4,500; The antenatal clinic, $ 5,000; BCS Ensemble, $ 5,000; Hospice Brazos Valley, $ 4,000; Boys and Girls Club of the Brazos Valley, $ 5,000; Health for All, $ 5,500; the Brazos Valley Food Bank, $ 4,500; Twin Cities Mission, $ 3,000; and Save Our Streets Ministries, $ 6,500.