Winchester CEO’s Facebook Challenge Raises Money for Non-Profits

This will help the community facing struggles caused by the pandemic

Winchester, VA – A CEO of a Winchester transitional living program is raising over $20,000 for non-profits through a social media challenge based on promoting hope and gratitude during the coronavirus pandemic.

Julie Funkhouser of Recovery Connection LLC started the 30-Day Connection Challenge in late March with each daily challenge asking people in her Facebook group to interact with the post.

For every challenge met, Funkhouser pledges $500 to non-profits helping the community facing struggles caused by the pandemic.

“I’m going to figure out where the money’s going at the end when I get feedback from people,” Funkhouser said. “I want people to participate and really take this as an oppoprutnity to come together and be a part of something great.”

Funkhouser began her work in addiction recovery following the death of her husband in which the Facebook group is named for.

The challenge began March 24 and will end April 23, following Virgina Governor Northam’s original statewide shutdown that has since been extended.

Funkhouser said she expects to pledge at least $25,000 by the end of the challenge and hopes people will be inspired to donate their time and resources to those in need during the pandemic.

More information on Recovery Connection LLC and the 30-Day Connection Challenge can be found at

By Timothy Young