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New Haven BGC- Great Give 2013

Ready? Set? It’s only a few days away! The #GreatGive2013 begins at 8:00 AM Wed. 10/2. 36 hours to change the world! #NHV #NewHaven

New Haven, CT (September 19, 2013) –At a special kick-off celebration at New Haven’s City Hall, The Community Foundation for Greater New Haven announced it will once again hold The Great Give® – a 36-hour online giving campaign to raise funds for local nonprofits serving Greater New Haven. The Great Give® 2013 will take place between October 2 at 8:00 am and end October 3 at 8:00 pm; up to $150,000 in matching funds will be awarded to nonprofits profiled on® that serve The Community Foundation’s 20-town region in South Central Connecticut. Individual grant prizes will be awarded in $15,000, $5,000, $3,000 and $2,000 denominations; three $15,000 Grand Prizes are available to the nonprofits that secure the greatest number of individual donors, greatest number of new donors and the most money raised. Rules and grant prizes are online at

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Since his days as a star guard at the old Lee High School (and, as a senior, at Hillhouse), Tharon Mayes has lived life on a worldwide stage.

He had a standout career at Florida State that translated into a brief foray into the NBA (76ers, Clippers), followed by 10 years playing professionally in Europe — from Spain to Greece and all points in between. During summers, he’d fly to South America to play for a couple of months.

Since calling it quits on his playing career, Mayes has been involved with youth programs in Florida, Toronto and, most recently, Boston, where he and his older brother, Larry, were instrumental in helping to lower the crime rate in a Dorchester neighborhood, earning praise from Mayor Thomas Menino.

Read full article from the New Haven Register about Tharon Mayes as a role model.

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