The Anchorage Mayor's Charity Ball distributed this year's checks to four Anchorage charities and chose the recipients for 2020's fundraiser on Tuesday.

This year's event raised more than $176,000 for local nonprofits:

•     Bean's Cafe/The Children's Lunchbox: $44,604
•     The Alaska Literacy Program: $44,804
•     The Arc of Anchorage: $47,434
•     Pulse Dance Company: $39,529

"It says a lot about what Anchorage is all about right now," Mayor Ethan Berkowitz said at Tuesday's event. "In spite of everything, all the discussion about the economic turmoil that's occurring here — which is vastly overblown by the way — people of Anchorage are incredibly generous. We want to make sure that we can support the organizations in the community that make Anchorage a more vibrant and healthy place to live."

Next year's nonprofits are Alaska Injury Prevention Center, Alzheimer's Resource of Alaska, Alaska Theatre of Youth and Alaska Trails. Each year, the four charities to benefit are chosen at random after a screening process. 

The annual fundraiser started in 1994 while Rick Mystrom was mayor and has raised over $3.5 million since then. Next year's ball will be held on Oct. 10, 2020.

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