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DALLAS — Let’s face it, we have a lot of pointless holidays, but that makes the important ones, like North Texas Giving Day, really stand out.

It’s the 8th annual online giving event to raise as much money as possible in one day for North Texas non-profits so start digging into your pockets!

A whopping $37 million was raised!

There’s around 2,500 non-profits in North Texas, ranging from helping people to animals.

One of the non-profits in attendance at NorthPark Center was the Dallas Zoo. Lacey LaPointe, Vice President of Advancement at the Dallas Zoo, says the money raised goes a long way, “What it does for us is it takes care of our more than 2,000 animals that we have, a part of our family, but actually it also lets us spread that to our conservation partners around the world.”

The giving festivities continued over at Community Beer as they hosted a paw party in conjunction with Dallas Pets Alive!

“Community Beer is such a great supporter for us, so if somebody walks in and they’re like, ‘Oh my gosh, dogs! That’s great!’ Maybe they have a couple of beers, maybe they want to adopt a dog after that,” said Leslie Sans, Dallas Pets Alive! Executive Director.

The money raised will go to providing healthcare to rescued dogs so they can have a better chance of finding a forever home.