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Governor Hassan buys first Make-A-Wish® fundraising calendar sponsored by NHCUL

On October 30, 2013, New Hampshire Governor Maggie Hassan was joined by members of the New Hampshire Credit Union League (NHCUL), representatives of Make-A-Wish® New Hampshire (Make-A-Wish®), credit union employees from throughout New Hampshire, and local guests, to launch the sales season of the Make-A-Wish® 2014 Calendar Raffle.  The event to launch the 2014 Calendar Raffle, which is limited to 2,500 calendars, featured speeches from representatives of both the NHCUL, Make-A-Wish®, and Governor Maggie Hassan. 

John R. Young, NHCUL and Make-A-Wish® Board member, informed guests of the significance of fundraising initiatives by New Hampshire’s credit unions, and praised Governor Hassan for her support of the Calendar Raffle. “Starting this month and throughout the year, the credit unions of the NHCUL are joining forces to raise funds for Make-A-Wish®,” stated Young.  The Make-A-Wish® Calendar Raffle is in its sixth year and a total fundraising goal of $160,000 has been set to support Make-A-Wish®.  To achieve this goal, New Hampshire credit unions participate in a variety of fundraising programs, which include:  The Richard D. Mahoney Charity Golf Tournament; candy bar sales; League Chapter and state convention auctions; and theme park ticket sales.  “The NHCUL is grateful for the more than 500,000 New Hampshire residents who are credit union members and Governor Hassan for supporting the fund raising efforts of the New Hampshire credit unions to benefit Make-A-Wish®,” added Young.

Julie P. Baron, CEO of Make-A-Wish® New Hampshire, praised the philanthropic spirit and philosophy of New Hampshire’s credit unions.  “The Make-A-Wish® New Hampshire is so appreciative of the credit unions and their members for helping us say ‘yes’ to 84 Wish children and their families this past year.  As our partners in our dream to grant a wish for every eligible child in New Hampshire facing a life-threatening medical condition, the credit unions continue to impact our mission more and more each year.  Their commitment to granting a heartfelt wish for children who are facing grown up battles have also inspired others to bring hope, strength, and joy to every corner of our state,” said Baron.  She added, “We can’t thank them enough for knowing a wish come true empowers these children to fight harder against their illnesses.”

Governor Hassan commended New Hampshire credit unions for their corporate social responsibility and for making a difference in New Hampshire.  She shared a special message, “My mom always said to me that what kids need more than anything else is to know that they have a grown-up in their corner.  Through the work of Make-A-Wish® and the New Hampshire Credit Union League, along with your supporters, our most vulnerable children have seen that, in their time of greatest need, there are so very many grown-ups in their corners.”  She went on to say, “People in the Granite State come together to help each other and improve our communities all the time, and your efforts to support our children and strengthen our families is a prime example of what I love most about our state – the ‘all-hands-on-deck’ ethos of our people.” Governor Hassan then purchased the first 2014 calendar from Wish Children – Jack, (age 8 from Bow) and Abby, (age 7 from Merrimack) – who autographed the Governor’s calendar. The Governor chose Calendar #81 as she is the 81st Governor of New Hampshire.  The group presented the Governor with a framed memento of both Jack and Abby’s stories from the 2014 calendar which they also autographed for her.  The Governor noted that the number 81 is reversed in the amount that the League has donated to Make-A-Wish® New Hampshire - $1.8 million.