The three charities on the 100 Heroes shortlist have been announced.
This is the first ever shortlist for the fundraising system that was brought to Prince George this spring by local entrepreneur and philanthropist Colin Breadner.
The way the system works is, the public steps forward with 100 (or more) people donating $100 each. With that payment comes the chance to nominate three worthy local causes. All the money involved must remain in Prince George. The nominations were placed in a bowl and on Friday, Breadner randomly reached into that bowl live on social media. He randomly drew three charity names from that pile.
"There are duplicates in there. There are a few charities that were nominated several times, so we will just pull (the names) out until we have three different charities," said Breadner as he went.
The three lucky charities were PG Animal Rescue Society, AiMHi - Prince George Association for Community Living, and School District 57's Community Schools initiative.
Those three selected charities (pending their verification) will send a representative to a 100 Heroes gathering where 100 people contributed $100 each into a single pool of cash.
The three representatives will make a short speech telling a story about their mission. The 100 in the room will then vote on the best presentation and that charity gets all the money in the pool.
Breadner clarified that the minimum 100 heroes mark was surpassed and "as of this morning, there were 127 members" who put in their $100 contribution so "one of these nominees will walk away with, right now, with $12,700" but that total could still grow.
The inaugural event will take place on April 29, 6:30 p.m. at Trench Brewing & Distilling. To be there for the voting, you can still submit your $100 to the 100 Heroes campaign. Look them up on Facebook for more information or phone 250-552-3949.
There is scheduled to be a rotation of four 100 Heroes events each year.