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October 14. 2012 11:24PM

Credit Union Week: NH credit unions and Make-A-Wish celebrate a fruitful partnership


Pictured at the check and plaque presentation at the Richard Mahoney Charity Golf Tournament are, from left, Michael L’Ecuyer, president/CEO of Bellwether Community Credit Union; Make-A-Wish Foundation of N.H. CEO Julie Baron; Wish Child Meghan; John Young, president/CEO of New Hampshire Federal Credit Union; Miss New Hampshire and Wish Ambassador Megan; Beverly Mahoney; and NHCUL director/chairman of the Social Responsibility Committee Brian Hughes, president of Holy Rosary Credit Union. 

For 16 years, the New Hampshire Credit Union League along with its member credit unions, employees, members, chapters, corporate vendors, and the League’s Social Responsibility Committee members have personified the mission of the Make-A-Wish Foundation of New Hampshire, supporting hundreds of Wish children and their families by remaining the only million dollar donor with more than $1.6 million donated.

The enthusiasm and commitment displayed throughout the credit union community is infinite and has helped grant hundreds of heartfelt wishes for children in New Hampshire.

The effort is spearheaded through the League’s Social Responsibility Committee, made up of volunteers from credit unions throughout the state, that work cooperatively on statewide initiatives for charitable activities that enhance the positive image of credit unions as well as the public’s overall awareness. With a multitude of fundraisers, countless volunteer hours, and unwavering cooperation throughout the New Hampshire credit union community, it is easy to see through the twinkle in a child’s eyes that wishes and dreams come true.

These wishes provide a child with the hope for better times, the strength for the tough times, and the joy to experience the present of which anything is possible … even the future.

The League’s 2011/2012 fundraising season was remarkable with much excitement in the year. Several of the traditional fundraising activities launched through the Social Responsibility Committee include a yearly calendar raffle that features the story of two wish children; delectable chocolate dream bars from Granite State Candy Shoppe; a credit union charity golf tournament; summer theme park ticket sales; and more. The culmination of these fundraisers and additional events resulted in a $150,000 donation to Make-A-Wish in June of 2012.

Not only did the Social Responsibility Committee embark on the task of raising money through the year but also worked closely with Make-A-Wish to bring the magic of its 1,000th wish to life. In January, history was made for both organizations as the 1,000th wish was unveiled … David’s Castle. The credit unions took the leadership role in making the 1,000 th wish a dream come true for David. More than 250 people witnessed the knighting, crowning, and key ceremony for King David as his wish was granted; his very own castle (24 by 24 feet) built in his back yard in Epping.

The festivities included the arrival of David and his family via limousine, and the Epping Fire Department continued the journey down the gravel driveway to the entrance area of the castle, greetings from his entire 7th grade class from Epping Middle School, a Medieval troupe roaming throughout the crowd, refreshments, and a cake made as a replica of the castle.

Gov. John Lynch spoke at the celebration along with representatives of the League and Make-A-Wish.

While the partnership developed with Make-A-Wish can be counted in years and dollars, the passion displayed by credit union members and employees is immeasurable, and that heartfelt commitment is recognized each year by more than 25 wish children and their families who visit the credit unions with special treats and a personal thank-you on behalf of Make-A-Wish.



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