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August 22, 2013

Credit unions support Make-A-Wish

MANCHESTER — At the 13th annual Richard D. Mahoney Credit Union Charity Golf Tournament, the New Hampshire Credit Union League announced that $160,000 had been raised for Make-A-Wish New Hampshire for 2013.

The amount raised surpassed the initial 2013 goal by $5,000, and was achieved through the collaboration and collective efforts of New Hampshire’s 20 credit unions and a series of statewide and local fundraising initiatives. Funds raised in 2013 by the NHCUL, for this benevolent organization, surpassed the 2012 record by more than $10,000.

“The task of raising more than $160,000 this year for Make-A-Wish — coupled with the 17-year fundraising total of nearly $1.8 million dollars — can be attributed to our credit unions, employees, corporate donors, and the more than 520,000 credit union members in New Hampshire, who worked tirelessly and contributed generously to fundraising initiatives throughout the year — a true collaboration on all fronts,” said Gerald Dumoulin, NHCUL board chairman.

“More than a third of the funds raised this year were from the 13th Annual Richard D. Mahoney Credit Union Charity Golf Tournament, which raised $55,0000, due in large part to the 120 participants and 24 corporate sponsors. The remaining $105,000 was raised through fundraising auctions and sales of calendars and candy bars, along with donations from credit union and their members,” he added.

Make-A-Wish makes dreams come true for those New Hampshire residents with life-threatening illnesses. Wishes granted this past year included: a trip to Disney for a child battling cystic fibrosis; a stellar athlete battling leukemia was granted a basketball court in his backyard; a 3-year-old child with a serious illness enjoyed meeting and dining with his favorite Sesame Street characters; a 17-year-old was granted a golf simulator to practice and prepare for tournaments when he was not well enough to hit the range.

New Hampshire Credit Union League is a trade group representing New Hampshire’s 20 consumer-owned credit unions. Credit unions are not-for-profit financial cooperatives and offer a variety of consumer financial services. For more information, visit goCU.org.

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