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NBA star applauds Maine CUs raising 402K for hunger
PORTLAND, Maine (2/9/11)--Maine’s credit unions celebrated their efforts towards “thawing” out hunger at the Thaw to End Hunger Celebration Event, Feb.7 in Portland. This year’s funds raised total $402,740, an increase of nearly $27,000 over last year’s record. The funds will allow food pantries across Maine to purchase nearly $5 million dollars of food through the Good Shepherd Food Bank.
Click to view larger image John Murphy (from left), president of the Maine Credit Union League; Luke Labbe, chair of the Maine Credit Union League’s Social Responsibility Committee, and National Basketball Association Hall-of-Famer Rick Barry prepare to hold the check with the record-setting amount raised by Maine’s credit unions in 2010 through the Maine Credit Unions’ Campaign for Ending Hunger. (Photo provided by the Maine Credit Union League)
The celebration luncheon featured an address by National Basketball Association Hall of Famer Rick Barry. Barry cited the accomplishment of Maine’s credit unions as “evidence of what can be done when you work as a team,” and applauded their efforts. “I applaud credit unions for taking on this cause and giving back to their communities and for the credit unions and their members for answering the call to action,” he said. “This is an extraordinary achievement, especially in these economic times." In addition to his keynote address on community service and the importance of ending hunger, Barry unveiled the check announcing the new record for Maine’s Credit Unions Campaign for Ending Hunger. Representatives from each credit union in attendance also had their picture taken with Barry, as he presented them with certificates and envelopes containing the total funds each credit union will distribute in their own community. The campaign “not only had a record setting year but it formed new relationships with food pantries across the state,” said John Murphy, president of the Maine Credit Union League. “These enhanced efforts are extremely important, as food pantries continue to see a significant increase in requests during these difficult times. The generosity of the over 600,000 credit union members in Maine is extraordinary. This marks the 15th consecutive year that the campaign has raised a record-setting total--a remarkable effort in such a challenging economy.” Since 1990, the campaign has raised $3.9 million to help end hunger in Maine.

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