Despite COVID-19 pandemic, H-545 exceeds $50,000  dollar-for-dollar challenge

By Chad Koenen


With donations ranging from as little as $5 to as much as $10,000, the Henning H-545 organization not only met, but blew past its goal of raising $50,000 in 2020. In fact, a late surge in donations helped the organization raise $60,528 in one year alone. That was despite all of the uncertainties of the COVID-19 pandemic.

“It was wonderful, far more than we expected in this crazy year,” said H-545 member Deb Miller.

The local non-profit, which awards scholarships to Henning High School seniors and post secondary students, attempted to raise the money after receiving a challenge from an anonymous donor. The donor agreed to match every dollar raised in 2020 up to $50,000.

To the best of anyone’s memory it is the first dollar-for-dollar match challenge the organization has received. As a result of meeting its challenge the Henning H-545 Foundation essentially added $110,528 in donations that will assist Henning High School seniors and alumni for another generation.