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February 24. 2013 8:35PM

New Hampshire Businesses: Doing Good

St. Mary's Bank makes $2,700 donation

MANCHESTER - St. Mary's Bank has announced a $2,700 grant to the Franco-American Centre. The funds will be used to help create and support an on-line and direct sales operation, in support of the center.

"New Hampshire has a very rich and long multicultural history and we recognize the need to preserve it for future generations," said Ronald H. Covey, Jr., St. Mary's Bank President and CEO. "We are pleased to support the mission of the Franco American Centre and its plans for the future."

Since the Franco-American Centre's move from Concord Street in downtown Manchester to the campus of Saint Anselm College, sales inventory has been stored in one large trailer. A second trailer has been donated to hold inventory, but work must be done to renovate them as one unit.

"We have the opportunity to increase our service to the Franco community by selling books, specialty products and pieces of art from North American and European artists," says Centre President Raymond Houle.

With the donation of shelving from the college, the services of a web specialist to expedite online sales, and with a parcel of campus land to accommodate this sales unit, the grant from St. Mary's Bank "will put this opportunity together for us," said Houle.

Sullivan Tire collects for food pantry

MANCHESTER - Sullivan Tire is helping drive donations to New Horizons for New Hampshire. Between now and March 11, the Sullivan Tire location at 921 S. Willow St. in Manchester will collect non-perishable food items for the pantry. Anyone who brings in a donation will receive a coupon for $10 off any auto service at Sullivan Tire.

New Horizons for New Hampshire Inc. is a soup kitchen, pantry and shelter serving more than 200 meals daily and providing groceries to 900 families each month. The organization is located at 199 Manchester St.

"This is a very exciting opportunity for New Horizons to partner with such a wonderful family owned business like Sullivan Tire," said Charlie Sherman, executive director of New Horizons for New Hampshire. "The Sullivan family has a long history of supporting local non-profit organizations and this effort comes at a time when the need is greater than ever."

"It's certainly been a long, cold winter, and even more so for families who are struggling financially," said Mark Gillard from the Sullivan Tire marketing team. "This is an easy way for residents to help support a great community resource while also saving a little money on their next auto service."

Anthem collects shoes for Breathe NH project

MANCHESTER - Anthem Blue Cross and Blue Shield in New Hampshire announced today that it is proud to serve as a collection site for Breathe New Hampshire and their drive to collect gently worn shoes in support of lung disease.

The Breathe New Hampshire Youth Network (NHYN) is currently collecting used shoes to bring attention to the impact of tobacco use in the state, as well as the number of lives lost in New Hampshire due to smoking. Their goal is to collect 1,700 pairs to be featured locally in an impactful display this spring.

If you or your organization would like to contribute gently-worn shoes to their cause, contact Breathe New Hampshire at (800) 835-8647. All collected shoes will be donated to those in need upon completion of the project.

Anthem will be collecting donations in their visitor lobby, located at 3000 Goffs Falls Road in Manchester through Friday, March 8. Donation hours are Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.

"We've been long-standing supporters of Breathe New Hampshire and their wonderful work and are pleased to support this collection effort," said Richard P. Lafleur, M.D., F.A.C.P., medical director, Anthem Blue Cross and Blue Shield in New Hampshire.

For more tobacco-related statistics and to follow the shoes, visit www.breathenh.org.

Stop & Shop shoppers raise $11,200

QUINCY, Mass. - The Stop & Shop Supermarket Company LLC announced today the success of its 23rd annual Food for Friends program. Customers in New Hampshire set the bar high by raising more than $11,200 for the New Hampshire Food Bank.

In total, Stop & Shop's Food for Friends program raised nearly $2 million across the Northeast and 100 percent of the funds raised will go to regional food banks and local pantries as part of the company's hunger relief efforts.

The chain-wide effort kicked off this past summer with the Healthy Ideas Food for Friends program, and continued in November with several different elements:

-- Customers could contribute through in-store donations of $1, $3 or $5 at checkout registers.

-- Charity Boxes filled with Stop & Shop Own Brands items were sold chain-wide; boxes were donated directly to a local food pantry adopted by a store and any additional proceeds going back into the program. This year, more than 46,595 boxes were donated by Stop & Shop customers.

--Kraft and Unilever contributed several hundred thousand coupon booklets worth $10 to reward customers who donated.

-- Stop & Shop contributed a company match of $500 per store.

"As a supermarket, fighting food insecurity is one of our core charitable focuses and the Food for Friends program is an easy way to raise the issue more broadly with our customers and really work as partners to give back," said Joe Kelley, president of Stop & Shop's New England division. "We are so proud of our customers and so grateful for their help in our mission to help fight hunger in our communities."

LRGHealthcare sets record for United Way

LACONIA - The employees of LRGHealthcare have completed their main fundraising drive for the United Way, setting a record of $122,500 for the organization. Central New Hampshire's largest healthcare organization and its employees have raised a collective five-year total of more than $610,500 in support of the community, demonstrating their daily commitment to improve the health and well-being of those who depend on local social services.

This year's fast-paced campaign was designed and coordinated by the LRGHealthcare employee team of Denise Tucker, Tracie Fitzpatrick, Heidi Smith, Holly Young, Cass Walker, Sarah Lapointe, Anita Morrison and Debra Clarke, with outstanding support from the executive management team. The campaign was performed within a two-week period and offered some exciting incentives from local businesses to inspire giving.

"My thanks to our employee campaign team for making this happen, and to all the donors who stepped up to support the wide array of services made possible by the United Way. We are truly proud of our employees and their community commitment, and we will continue our commitment to work collectively to address local health and human service needs," said Tom Clairmont, President and CEO of LRGHealthcare.

United Way's Jack Terrill was very thankful for the efforts of LRGHealthcare. "For years, LRGHealthcare and its employees have taken responsibility for the community's well-being, and has long been a core supporter of the United Way. When we all work together on common goals it makes positive change in people's lives a reality. Congratulations to the fundraising team, and to the entire LRGHealthcare team for another successful fundraising effort."

Lincoln Financial gives to United Way

CONCORD - It pays to give back; just ask Lincoln Financial Group. Their annual United Way workplace campaign was more than a financial success - raising $185,218 for United Way programs - it also continues to cultivate the philanthropic mindset in their employees.

A group of more than 20 employees formed a United Way Committee this year, coordinating a United Way Booth Day during Halloween as part of their workplace campaign. More than 30 United Way partner agencies attended this event with over 400 Lincoln Financial Group employees who had the opportunity to learn first-hand about the programs their donations were supporting.

"Our United Way Booth Day event was a win-win for our employees and the agencies United Way serves," said Loraine Bernard who co-chaired as the Employee Campaign Coordinator with Paul Farrell said. "We have co-chairs for the United Way campaign that work together over a two-year time frame. Our role is to help employees understand where their contributions can go and how they can make the greatest impact to their community."

The support of United Way doesn't end when their employee campaign closes. Lincoln Financial Group partners with United Way throughout the year to keep employees informed about the work being done in the community. United Way presents at the corporation's quarterly new hire orientations, attends officer meetings and provides Lunch & Learn opportunities with other partner agencies to communicate the importance of giving back.

Lincoln Financial Group also supported United Way's annual Day of Caring by sending 108 volunteers from the company to work on community projects.

"Lincoln Financial Group is committed to the community and we strive to offer ample opportunities where our employees can further educate themselves about the critical programs funded by United Way," said Byron Champlin of Lincoln Financial Group. "Our employees have demonstrated year after year that they, too, see a true value in making a gift to United Way. By offering updates on United Way programs they know their donation is in action."

"United Way is fortunate to have a partner like Lincoln Financial Group working with us to improve the lives of those in our community," said Patrick Tufts, president and CEO of Granite United Way. "Their dedication, on both a corporate and personal level, has repeatedly made a positive impact in this region. Countless individuals and families have benefited from their support."



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