Published: Mar 27, 2012 4:02 PM EDT
Updated: Mar 27, 2012 4:56 PM EDT

PORT CHARLOTTE, Fla. - The Giving Partner's 36-Hour Challenge lasts from March 27th to 6 p.m. March 28th.
The online fundraiser started at 6 a.m. Tuesday and more than a hundred organizations from Charlotte, Sarasota, and Manatee counties started entering their pledged donations.
Through the challenge, about $340,000 in matching funds were up for grabs on a first-come, first-served basis and that money was gone in five minutes.
Within about 25 minutes the challenge had already exceeded a million dollars in donations.

The Cultural Center will be open for 36 straight hours trying to collect as many donations as possible.
This effort will support:
Charlotte County Homeless Coalition
Charlotte County Habitat for Humanity
Cultural Center of Charlotte County
Virginia B. Andes Volunteer Community Clinic

For More information you can visit:
www.GivingPartnerChallenge.org