$104,000 for United Way
SCHENECTADY, N.Y. —MVP Health Care co-workers in New England and New York raised more than $104,000 for United Way organizations across MVP’s footprint in New Hampshire, New York and Vermont.
More than 25 percent of MVP co-workers contributed to the campaign by signing up for payroll deduction, making a one-time gift, and/or participating in raffles, the company said.
David W. Oliker, MVP’s president and CEO of MVBP (www.mvphealthcare.com), said in a news release that raising money “is challenging in the current economic climate, but MVP’s coworkers recognize that tough times mean that the organizations and agencies funded by the United Way are providing increasingly critical services and support.”
“MVP is one of the most generous companies in our community and helps us assure that programs like Big Brothers Big Sisters, the Boys and Girls Clubs, Meals on Wheels and the homeless and domestic violence shelters have the funding they need to help people who really need help in our community,” said Brian Hassett, president and CEO of the United Way of the Greater Capital Region in New York.
$7,500 for school, college
BEDFORD —Centrix Bank presented the Manchester Community Music School with a $5,000 donation to the school’s Composing our Future Campaign, and also made a $2,500 contribution to St. Anselm College as a partner in the college’s Corporate Partners Program.
The donations were awarded on behalf of the Bank’s Community Investment Program.
The Composing our Future Campaign will support several initiatives for the music school, one to provide music lessons in Manchester’s public schools.
The Corporate Partners Program provides scholarship funding to New Hampshire students enrolled at the college and assists students of all financial backgrounds.
$11,000 for Cancer Society
BEDFORD — The American Cancer Society received more than $11,000 while celebrating the special bond between people and their dogs at Bark For Life, held at Lake Massabesic in Auburn.
From Pugs to Great Danes, more than 90 dogs and their owners participated in the event, a non-competitive 1.5-mile walkathon that recognized 10 cancer survivors and raised funds.
Brigit Ryan-Souza of the American Cancer Society said in a news release it was inspiring “to see dogs and their owners enjoy each other’s company while raising lifesaving funds to fight cancer together.”
All dogs received a Bark For Life bandana, and participants who raised at least $100 received a T-shirt.
$24,000+ for the Philharmonic
MANCHESTER — The New Hampshire Philharmonic announce a number of significant sources of financial support for the coming season.
An anonymous donor has pledged a challenge grant to match 50 percent of contributions up to $20,000 from individual donors.
Philharmonic board member Val Zanchuk said in a news release, “We expect this generous pledge to catalyze giving by current and new members of the Philharmonic Society.”
Also, the New Hampshire State Council of the Arts has awarded an operating grant of $9,200 to the orchestra for its new season.
The Frederick Smyth Institute awarded a grant of $10,000 to the orchestra. The Smyth Institute has been a supporter of the Philharmonic since the 1950s.
Peerless Insurance renewed its significant financial support as a season sponsor of the orchestra’s 108th season, the eighth consecutive year for Peerless in that anchor position.
The Jack and Dorothy Byrne Foundation voted to award the orchestra a grant of $5,000 to support the orchestra’s Drawn to the Music program, which involves thousands of schoolchildren in the creation of a unique concert performance. The orchestra said several other foundations are expected to support this collaborative arts project, now in its seventh year.
$5,000 for the Manchester YMCA
MANCHESTER — The YMCA of Greater Manchester was recently awarded a $5,000 grant from Lincoln Financial Foundation, in support of their Youth Opportunities Unlimited dropout prevention programs.
The Y’s YOU programs serve at-risk children and teens ho participate in the Y’s START, STAY, or STRIVE dropout prevention programs.
“Lincoln Foundation hopes to help reduce the dropout rate in Manchester schools and close the achievement gap between low-income students and their more affluent peers,” said Byron Champlin, Lincoln Foundation program officer, in a news release.