Despite losing a $20,000 match from a private supporter, the Dickson County Help Center still exceeded its goal of $40,000 in pledges and donations during its third annual Hope-A-Thon on WDKN and The One FM Wednesday. With some pledges still being counted and donations being accepted through the end of the month, the Hope-A-Thon ended yesterday with a total of $43,200 pledged or donated to fund assistance programs at the help center. The two previous Hope-A-Thons started with an anonymous local family pledging to match up to $20,000 in donations and both raised the required amount to earn the full match. But that family was not able to continue with its generous pledge this year and the help center went into its third Hope-A-Thon with a goal of raising the full $40,000. The drive did receive a significant $10,000 pledge from an anonymous donor to kick things off and by 5 pm had received pledges and donations of more than $30,000 to fly past the goal. “On behalf of the help center, we are truly thankful and humbled by the generosity of our great community. We went into this year’s Hope-A-Thon without a $20,000 match, yet holding to our $40,000 goal we had set for the past two years,” said Executive Director Renee Boehm. “Through everyone’s generosity, we surpassed our goal and still have donations coming in. For this, we are truly grateful. A special thanks to all our sponsors, donors and countless volunteers. Together we are making a difference.” While the eight-hour radio telethon was held Wednesday, the Hope-A-Thon is conducted for all of November and donations will be accepted through the end of the month to go toward its total. The Hope-A-Thon is the help center’s largest single fund-raiser of the year and 100 percent of donations go to the center’s assistance programs from the food bank to utility assistance, from medical costs to emergency needs. Some of the funding will be used for the center’s Thanksgiving program on Monday. The help center plans to distribute more than 400 turkeys and all the trimmings for a Thanksgiving dinner starting at 9 am. On Wednesday, Geoff Scott of Scott’s Computers will be at the help center to fry turkeys free for those who receive one of the center’s Thanksgiving meals and for a small donation for anyone else. Thanksgiving Day is the help center’s second annual Give and Gobble 5K Run. Over 500 runners and walkers are expected for the Thursday morning event that raised $14,000 last year. Registration begins at 6 am in Holland Park. At 8 am there will be a Turkey Chase for kids eight and under in which participants will chase Give and Gobble mascot Jake down Main Street trying to get a tail feather for prizes. The entry fee is $10. The Give and Gobble 5K and Kids One-Mile Fun Run will begin at 8:30 am at Holland Park. There will be cash and other prizes for top finishers. Registration for the 5K is $45 and can be completed at The Shoe Co. through the end of this week or online at gg5k.org. For more information, contact the Dickson County Help Center at 615-441-0076.