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October 14. 2012 11:24PM

Credit Union Week: Efforts of Bellwether employees result in $20,000 for Susan G. Komen for the Cure


Shown are Bellwether Community Credit Union employees who helped raise money for the Susan G. Komen 3-Day for the Cure walk in Philadelphia Oct. 5-7. Shown are, back row, from left, Susan Bohan, Melissa Daily, Darlene Bravo-Perez, Deb Lyford, Michael L'Ecuyer, Mellisa Denny, Priscilla Moniz, Kelly Jorgensen, Jeff Benson, Don Blanchette, Maggie Healey, Craig Hawkins, Louise Chouinard, Jason Reilly, Stephen Isaacs, Kim Dichard, Maryanne Pasquarella, and Lou Longo; middle row, from left, Amy Perkins, Courtney Castanino, Eric Dami, Angela Chabot, and Steve Thompson; and seated, from left, Cheri Ciras, Amy Sue Poirier, Bonnie Ryan and Nathan Saller. 

MANCHESTER – Fighting breast cancer has been a mission near and dear to Bellwether Community Credit Union. Employees throughout the company have been impacted directly or indirectly by the disease, and in 2010 Bellwether decided that was time to proactively fight back.

In 2010 and 2011, Bellwether was a major sponsor of a breast cancer awareness event organized by a local radio station. This year, two employees, Nancy Nadeau and Lori Eldridge, decided to participate in the Susan G. Komen 3-Day for the Cure walk in Philadelphia Oct. 5-7. When Bellwether heard about their plans, the credit union decided to get behind them both supportively and financially.

Bellwether provided a matching gift for a portion of the money the two employees raised. The credit union also held fundraising efforts at branch locations in Manchester, Nashua and Bedford. Raffle tickets were sold for a chance to win one of three pink-themed gift baskets. Bellwether collected donations online and at branches for the two employees and their team, Wings of Hope, leading up to their participation in the 3-Day walk in Philadelphia. The credit union also used their website, www.bccu.org, and Facebook page to engage their 30,000 members and friends in the fight against breast cancer.

On Oct. 5, the first day of the walk, Bellwether employees wore shirts with the Wings of Hope logo. The familiar pink ribbon on the rear of each shirt was made up of names of all Bellwether employees - forming a virtual team of walkers and Bellwether's assistance, the two employees were able to raise more than $20,000 for Susan G. Komen for the Cure.

Bellwether Community Credit Union President/CEO Michael L'Ecuyer explained that many employees have been impacted by breast cancer, making the cause close to the organization's heart.

“Unfortunately, breast cancer has touched many of us or our loved ones in some way,” L'Ecuyer said. “We decided to increase our impact this year by supporting two of our own employees who decided to undertake a personal challenge to fight the disease. We are so proud of Nancy and Lori and their hard work and dedication. We also are grateful for the support and generosity our employees and members who cheered them on.”

Bellwether Community Credit Union offers financial services to consumers who reside or work in New Hampshire. As a not-for-profit credit union, Bellwether focuses on returning value back to members through attractive rates and low fees; local, personal service; and services, delivery channels and processes that make members lives easier. Members can access their accounts at more than 28,000 free ATMs nationwide and approximately 6,500 CU Service Centers around the world. Bellwether Community Credit Union has branch locations in Bedford, Manchester and Nashua. For more information about Bellwether Community Credit Union, visit BCCU.org.



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