The first Hope-A-Thon for the Dickson County Help Center surpassed its goal of raising $20,000 Friday with more donations coming in. Broadcast for eight hours on WDKN and The One FM, the Hope-A-Thon concluded Friday with over $18,500 pledged to support the agency that provides food, medication, utility, rent and other assistance to Dickson County residents. Friday night’s Sock Hop at Events on Main pushed the day’s fund-raising past the $20,000 mark, which will be doubled to $40,000. A local family that wishes to remain anonymous had pledged to match dollar for dollar up to $20,000 that could be raised by the end of the month. “We met our $20,000 match and continue to collect,” Help Center Executive Director Renee Boehm said in a Facebook post. “We are so thankful and excited by the generosity of Dickson County.” Local churches, businesses, organizations and individuals called in pledges all day Friday as volunteers manned the phones and several special musical guests performed live throughout the Hope-A-Thon. Boehm said because the Help Center covers its overhead through revenue produced by its Thrift Store, 100 percent of the donations raised in the Hope-A-Thon will go to the agency’s various assistance programs. Anyone who still wishes to donate to the Help Center can call 441-0076.