The Detroit News Published 1:42 p.m. ET Dec. 28, 2018

In a contest that literally wasn’t decided until the last minute, FOCUS Detroit won the $20,000 prize in The Detroit News Holiday Cheer for Charity competition Friday.

Charging from third place among the five nonprofits in the finals, FOCUS Detroit strategically timed its major donations to come in at the wire in a contest where dollars counted as votes.

When the Orthodox Vision Foundation doubled a planned $5,000 gift and someone else added a seconds-before-the-noon-deadline $500, FOCUS Detroit — whose mission is to connect communities with kids in need to help them thrive in school — edged Brilliant Detroit by only $464.

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