March Madness Means Money for Local Charity

Wonder how much money has been wagered, won and lost during the NCAA Basketball Tournament that ended last night? For some of the teams, the financial reward to their institutions and coaches is staggering. In Las Vegas, the money flowed, and in office pools around the country, lots of dollars changed hands this morning. And for the Anders Minkler & Diehl Hoops for Hope pool, Girls on the Run St. Louis ends the tournament in the plus column.

So how much money will the benefactor of this pool actually get? That number is a secret for the moment. We can tell you that the number of people who played was up 20% over last year, and that the total dollars raised is up from last year’s approximately $5,500. But, Anders is planning a presentation to Girls on the Run, so that number will have to remain hush-hush for a bit longer.

Many thanks to the St. Louis Business Journal for partnering with us on this endeavor and diligently posting scores from beginning to end of March Madness. Thanks to all our other 2011 Double-Diamond SUPER Platinum Sponsors – Big River Running Company; Burck, Lapidus, Jackson & Chase, P.C in Houston; Cowboy Ribeyes, Discovery Group, Edward Jones; Ernst & Morris in Atlanta; NovaColor, and Rung.

So the stats of this pool look pretty much like this:

  • Girls on the Run will have more funds to buy running shoes for girls who may otherwise not be able to afford them or put a program in place at a school that has been on the list to get one.
  • Lots of people enjoyed their celebrity status, albeit fleeting, in the Business Journal Morning Call and Daily Update.
  • Current Anders client Jim Tricarico took first place…will he pick the iPad2 as his prize?
  • Others will have their pick of Cardinal tickets, New Balance Running Shoes, Cowboy Ribeye steaks and other prizes.
  • Lots of fun was had by all.

And most importantly, everyone feels pretty good about the effort.