MARLBOROUGH, Mass. (6/16/14)--New Hampshire credit unions donated a record $180,000 to Make-A-Wish New Hampshire this year, exceeding the state league's goal of $160,000 (CU Scan June 13).
Hanging out with Wish Child Hannah are Ron Covey, St. Mary's Bank CU and New Hampshire Credit Union League social responsibility committee chairman, left, and committee members Nancy Nadeau, Bellwether Community CU, and Jody Ducharme, Granite State CU. (New Hampshire Credit Union League photo)
The New Hampshire Credit Union League formalized the gift this week when it handed the organization, which grants the grand wishes of sick children, a large check after a charity golf event.
The donation was made in memory of the late Northeast CU CEO Peter Kavalauskas, who recently passed away after announcing his retirement after 35 years of work for the $986 million-asset credit union in Portsmouth, Mass.
Several "Wish Children" attended the golf outing, passing out lemonade on the golf course to participants. After the event, Hannah, who had her wish granted, thanked all those who made her dream come true.
"Because of you, I was able to go to Disney World and see Cinderella's castle and have a princess makeover," said Hannah, who received a standing ovation in return.
The contribution by the league brings its total amount donated to Make-A-Wish over the past 18 years to $1.97 million.
"We thank you for being our partner," said Julie Baron, Make-A-Wish New Hampshire CEO. "Your donation orchestrates the greatest return--a child's joyful heart."
Added Baron: "The league, and its member credit unions, remains the top corporate partner of Make-A-Wish New Hampshire with the largest donation to date."