On October 10, 2012, New Hampshire Governor John H. Lynch was joined by members of the New Hampshire Credit Union League (NHCUL), representatives of the Make-A-Wish Foundation® of New Hampshire credit union employees from throughout New Hampshire, and local guests, to launch the sales season of the Make-A-Wish® 2013 Calendar Raffle. The event to launch the 2013 Calendar Raffle, limited to 2,500 calendars, featured speeches from representatives of both the NHCUL, Make-A-Wish®, and Governor John. H. Lynch. Governor Lynch commended New Hampshire credit unions for their corporate social responsibility and for making a difference for non-profit organizations in New Hampshire – including Make-A-Wish®. In addition, Governor Lynch shared the podium with the five Wish Children in attendance, and asked each to share details on the Wishes they received.
Lynch commented, “I believe there is nothing nobler a person can do than to help others. The credit unions’ support of Make-A-Wish® and these remarkable young people is a fantastic example of that.” Governor Lynch then purchased the first 2013 calendar and Wish Children – David, Jessica, Corey, Stephanie, and Megan (Miss New Hampshire) – were on hand to autograph the Governor’s calendar. The group presented the Governor with a special photo memory book from the previous 3 calendar event kick-offs.
Gerald Dumoulin, NHCUL Board Chairman, informed guests of the significance of fundraising initiatives by New Hampshire’s credit unions, and praised Governor Lynch for his support of the Calendar Raffle. “Starting this month and throughout the year, the credit unions of the NHCUL are joining forces to raise funds for Make-A-Wish®. The Make-A-Wish® Calendar Raffle is in its fifth year and a total fundraising goal of $155,000 has been set to support Make-A-Wish®. To achieve this goal, New Hampshire credit unions participate in a variety of fundraising programs, which include: The Richard D. Mahoney Memorial Golf Tournament; candy bar sales; League Chapter and state convention auctions; and theme park ticket sales. The NHCUL is grateful for the support of the more than 500,000 New Hampshire residents who are credit union members, and for Governor Lynch, who has been a steadfast supporter of Make-A-Wish® and the fund raising efforts of New Hampshire credit unions,” added Dumoulin.
Julie P. Baron, CEO of the Make-A-Wish Foundation® of New Hampshire, praised the philanthropic spirit and philosophy of New Hampshire’s credit unions. “The Make-A-Wish® Foundation of New Hampshire is so appreciative of the amazing partnership we share with the NHCUL. New Hampshire credit unions “live” and exemplify their sense of corporate social responsibility -“people helping people” - throughout the year. Their impact has reached every corner of the state – and is key in assisting Make-A-Wish® grant beyond 1,000 wishes and celebrating our 25th anniversary in 2012,” said Baron.