CONCORD, N.H. (11/10/14)--The New Hampshire Credit Union League sponsored an event to launch the Make-A-Wish 2015 Calendar Raffle fundraiser last week at the state house in Concord, and New Hampshire Gov. Margaret Hassan was first in line to purchase a copy (Daily CU Scan Nov. 7).
New Hampshire Gov. Margaret Hassan poses with those in attendance of the New Hampshire Credit Union League's launch event for the Make-A-Wish Calendar Raffle at the state house. (New Hampshire Credit Union League Photo)
Hassan bought Calendar No. 181 from Wish Children Isabella, 5, and Silas, 7, as she completes her first term as the 81st governor of the state.
In its seventh year, the calendar raffle is limited to 2,500 calendars and gives participants opportunities to win daily, weekly and monthly cash prizes throughout 2015. The fundraising goal is $200,000.
"The spirit, strength and resilience of the Make-A-Wish children and their families are an inspiration to the people of New Hampshire," Hassan said, adding that Make-A-Wish as well as the credit union league "have shown them that they have many people in their corners ready to help them through their toughest battles."
Other fundraising programs throughout the year include the Richard D. Mahoney Charity Golf Tournament, candy bar sales, league chapter and convention auctions, and theme park ticket sales.
During the Merrimack Valley Chapter's holiday party in December, credit unions are expected to make an additional donation that will bring the total donated to Make-A-Wish over the past 18 years up to $2 million.
"While New Hampshire credit unions come in different sizes and serve different fields of memberships, credit unions share a common commitment to improve the quality of life in New Hampshire," said Gerald Dumoulin, league board chair and president/CEO of Guardian Angel CU, Berlin, with $42 million in assets. "Our support of Make-A-Wish is one of these common commitments."
Added Julie P. Baron, CEO of Make-A-Wish New Hampshire: "Granting a child's wish impacts their physical health and is a life-changing experience for them. The hope, strength and joy you provide are powerful medicines for those children who face very grown-up battles."