New Hampshire Credit Unions Reach $2 Million Dollar Fundraising Milestone for Make-A-Wish® New Hampshire
Members of New Hampshire Credit Unions take a photo op with all the Wish children during last night’s special $2 Million Celebration.
New Hampshire Credit Unions along with representatives from Make-A-Wish New Hampshire held a special $2 Million Dollar Milestone celebration last night at the League’s Merrimack Valley Chapter’s annual holiday auction to benefit Make-A-Wish New Hampshire
New Hampshire Credit Union officials presented an additional donation of $30,000 to Make-A-Wish New Hampshire, bringing their eighteen-year total raised to more than $2 million dollars.
Making the presentation on behalf of the credit unions in the state included: Ronald Covey, Jr., chairman, NHCU’s Social Responsibility Committee and president/CEO of St. Mary’s Bank Credit Union, Manchester; Gerald Dumoulin, league chairman and president/CEO of Guardian Angel Credit Union, Berlin; John Young, board member of both Make-A-Wish NH and the league, and president/CEO of New Hampshire Federal Credit Union, Concord; and Association President Paul Gentile.
During the celebration, Make-A-Wish New Hampshire representatives alongside cfredit union officials revealed Wish child Amelia’s (Amy) special wish being granted by NH credit unions.
Amy is a vibrant 8-year-old who loves everything American Girl. She enjoys arts and crafts, cooking with her grandmother, and playing with her American Girl dolls. For her wish, Amy and her family will depart on December 13th to visit the American Girl Doll facility in Wisconsin. While on her wish, Amy will get to see how the dolls are created and so much more.
Making the $2 Million Dollar check presentation to Make-A-Wish New Hampshire CEO Julie Baron (left) are Association President Paul Gentile; New Hampshire League/Make-A-Wish Board Member John Young; and New Hampshire League Chairman of the Board Jerry Dumoulin
Julie Baron, CEO of Make-A-Wish New Hampshire praised the credit unions for their contributions in saying, “It is the sheer joy of a wish that is the most powerful medicine of all. Our partners - the credit unions in the state - have made that possible. Thanks for $2 million and bringing so many wishes to life.”
In honor of the $2 million dollar milestone, more than 25 wish children and their families encircled the group in attendance for the special celebration as part of the Merrimack Valley Chapter’s holiday party to benefit Make-A-Wish New Hampshire. Dressed in capes as super heroes, many carried posters as their message of thanks along with a special decorated banner that read:“Thanks for Two Million…Yesterday, Today, and Beyond!” The wish children and their families presented everyone in the room with a card that told a wish child’s story and highlighted their wish.
“Raising more than $2 million dollars over the past eighteen years is a significant milestone for New Hampshire’s credit unions and I attribute this to our credit unions, employees, chapters such as the Merrimack Valley and Monadnock Chapters, corporate donors, and the more than 545,000 credit union members here in New Hampshire. Anyone involved with Make-A-Wish New Hampshire knows how important this organization is to the well-being of the children and families they serve,” said Ronald Covey.
“The tradition of cooperation and giving that New Hampshire credit unions have built with Make-A-Wish is inspiring. The more than 1,000 wishes they’ve helped grant have made an impactful difference in the lives of the Make-A-Wish children. It was a very special evening,” said Association President Paul Gentile.
Standing left to right: Association President Paul Gentile; Make-A-Wish NH CEO Julie Baron; Precision FCU Treasurer/Manager Jeffrey Belisle; Social Responsibility Committee member Nancy Nadeau from Bellwether Community CU; Cheshire Health FCU Manager Pamela Bailey; NGM Employees FCU Manager Sharin Hurlbutt; Cheshire County FCU Manager Lynda Faulkner. Kneeling: Social Responsibility Committee member Sally Sutton from NH Postal CU and Social Responsibility Committee Chairman Ronald Covey, Jr. from St. Mary’s Bank CU.
The credit unions of the Monadnock Chapter of New Hampshire gathered for their Make-A-Wish New Hampshire holiday auction, last night at Pappagallos in Keene, NH, as credit unions continued their $2 Million milestone celebration.
Guest speakers included Association President Paul Gentile who commended all the credit unions for their great support for Make-A-Wish New Hampshire.
Ronald Covey, Jr., Social Responsibility Committee chair, spoke next expressing his special thanks to all the credit unions for supporting Make-A-Wish New Hampshire through the years.
Make-A-Wish New Hampshire CEO Julie Baron followed offering thanks to all the credit unions saying, “Bringing a wish to life is truly amazing and we couldn’t make that happen without your help.” She also talked about several new wishes that will be happening soon as a result of the credit unions’ support.
Following dinner, the group held a fun and competitive holiday auction. Special auctioneer for the evening was local radio personality Jared Goodell from WKNE. Jared is responsible for the “Keene Idol” competition. At the conclusion of the evening, more than $1,200 was raised for Make-A-Wish New Hampshire.