Credit unions’ End Hunger campaign raises record amount in 2011

Posted Feb. 28, 2012, at 11:20 a.m.
Last modified Feb. 28, 2012, at 4:38 p.m.

SOUTH PORTLAND, Maine — Maine’s credit unions recently announced that in 2011, Maine Credit Unions’ Campaign for Ending Hunger raised $446,929.56, an increase of nearly $45,000 over last year’s record. In addition to raising that record-setting amount, the campaign also surpassed the $4 million milestone in funds raised since the campaign began 22 years ago.

“The generosity of the more than 615,000 credit union members in Maine is extraordinary,” said John Murphy, president of the Maine Credit Union League. “This marks the sixteenth consecutive year that the campaign has raised a record-setting total, and the milestone of the campaign surpassing the $4 million mark in funds raised since the campaign began — a remarkable effort in such a challenging economy.”

The announcement was made at a celebration luncheon at the Marriott Hotel in South Portland and featured an address given by award-winning author Ernest Thompson, who won an Academy Award and Golden Globe for writing the classic film “On Golden Pond,” which is based on Thompson’s summers at Belgrade Lakes in Maine. In addition to giving the keynote address on community service and the can-do attitude and neighbor-helping-neighbor spirit he learned from spending nearly every summer in Maine, Thompson helped unveiled the big check announcing the total raised during the campaign.

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