Browns to match $10K donation to Greater Cleveland Food Bank

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CLEVELAND — The Cleveland Browns will match the $10,000 donation being made to the Greater Cleveland Food Bank from funds raised for the canceled perfect winless season parade, in addition to an extra $10,000 to the GCFB, the team announced Tuesday evening.

That brings the total donation to $20,000 or 80,000 meals.

In a statement, the Greater Cleveland Food Bank said the following about the team’s generous donation:

“We are blown away by the generosity and creativity of Cleveland Browns fans. In a matter of days they have donated over $10,000 to support hunger relief efforts in Northeast Ohio. We are proud to announce that the Cleveland Browns are going to match these donations and have pledged an additional $10,000 to the Greater Cleveland Food Bank to say thank you to their fans for supporting us! The Browns have been an incredible partner to the Food Bank for many years and we are extremely grateful for their support!”

Fan Chris McNeil started the  perfect season parade Facebook event as a joke. But after the team moved to 0-14 and McNeil met with Cleveland city officials, it looked as if it just might happen.

The event needed $1,999 to cover parade costs such as security and restrooms. That amount was quickly reached…and then some. 

And then the Browns beat the Chargers on Christmas Eve, 20-17.

The parade has raised over $8,000 on its GoFundMe page.  Donations were still coming in, even after the win. The Cleveland Pizza Company donated over $2,000 alone on Christmas Day.

Organizers have announced that all of the money raised will be donated to the Greater Cleveland Food Bank.  The plan all along had been to donate any extra funds  to the Food Bank.


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