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June 10, 2016

NH Credit Unions Repeat Record Donation of $200,000 to Make-A-Wish® NH

The highlight of the Richard Mahoney Charity Golf Tournament was the check presentation of $200,000 made to Make-A-Wish New Hampshire. Pictured left to right are Association President Paul Gentile, Make-A-Wish New Hampshire CEO Julie Baron and Director of Community Outreach Nikki Lyons, Wish Child Emme, brother Sawyer, mom Katy, and New Hampshire Social Responsibility Committee Chairman Brian Hughes from Holy Rosary Credit Union.


"Brrrreeezy and cccold" were the words of the day heard yesterday as 120 golfers piled on the layers and hit the links at the 15th Annual Richard D. Mahoney Charity Golf Tournament held at Candia Woods Golf Links, Candia, N.H.


The group was fearless as they navigated quickly around the course but took the time to enjoy a wonderful day for wishes and dreams come true for their charitable partner, Make-A-Wish New Hampshire.


In the final moments of the awards dinner, the New Hampshire Credit Unions presented a repeat record-breaking donation of $200,000 to Make-A-Wish New Hampshire CEO Julie Baron, Wish Child Emerson (Emme - age 3), mom Katy, and brother Sawyer. The amount, $25,000 higher than the goal set in September 2015, was the crowning moment of this year's efforts of New Hampshire's Credit Unions, bringing a 20-year total to more than $2.3 million raised for wishes. The New Hampshire Credit Unions remain the biggest corporate partner of Make-A-Wish New Hampshire with the largest donation to date.

Second place team but the winner of the credit union trophy. From left to right are New Hampshire Social Responsibility Committee Chairman Brian Hughes,  the Bellwether Community Credit Union team of Rich Moses, Deb and Michael L'Ecuyer, and Stephen Pedro; and Association
President Paul Gentile.


Throughout the day, the golfers were greeted with big smiles from Wish Child Emme, Sawyer, and volunteer Alexias Juneau from Bellwether Community Credit Union. The group graciously served cold and refreshing cups of lemonade at the Make-A-Wish New Hampshire Lemonade Stand.


During the awards dinner, Emme's mom Katy thanked everyone and spoke from the heart about what it meant to her family to have such a dream come true for Emme. "We thank all the credit unions for your generous support of Make-A-Wish and helping families such as ours share a special moment. It came at a time when we needed it the most as a family," said Katy. (Emme's story will soon be featured in an upcoming issue of the Daily CU Scan.)


Emme stole the hearts of everyone in the room when she showed them all her princess makeover and spoke a big and sweet "Thank you."


New Hampshire Credit Unions' Social Responsibility Committee Chairman Brian Hughes from Holy Rosary Credit Union extended his thanks on behalf of the Social Responsibility Committee to all credit unions, their members, the chapters, the vendors and everyone who volunteered for their tremendous support they have all given in the last twenty years.

The foursome from Northeast Credit Union were ready for a refreshing cup of lemonade from Wish Child Emme and her brother Sawyer. From left with Emme and Sawyer are Scott Barden, Tim Collia, Andrea Pruna, and Steve Giguere.


"The New Hampshire Credit Unions are proud to sponsor the Richard Mahoney Charity Golf Tournament which is one of our largest annual fundraisers to benefit Make-A-Wish New Hampshire. Our donation each year helps Make-A-Wish grant wishes to so many children in our state. There is a big place in our hearts for these kids and the staff at Make-A-Wish," exclaimed Hughes. He continued, "We thank all our credit unions, our valued partners, and thousands of members that have helped us reach and surpass our goals in donating more than $2.3 million in total."


Hughes and Association President Paul Gentile presented many tournament awards to those whose talents shined on the course and even some to those who made a great effort. The tournament ended in a three-way tie and was determined by matching score cards. In the end, the first-place team from Ben Franklin Printers with an impressive score of 66 included Norm and Linda Goulet, Bill Avery, and Jason Luke. The second biggest award of the day went to the foursome of Michael and Deb L'Ecuyer, Rich Moses and Stephen Pedro of Bellwether Community Credit Union with a score of 66 as the credit union team who took home the coveted golf trophy.

Gentile noted how impressed he was by the energy of the credit unions saying, "The New Hampshire Credit Unions have shown incredible commitment and dedication to Make-A-Wish New Hampshire. Their efforts have made a difference in the lives of thousands of wish children who have seen their wishes come true. The cooperative spirit is alive and well in the New Hampshire Credit Unions."

Headshot of Brian Hughes

Brian Hughes

President & CEO

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