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Oscar winner Maine CUs announce 450K raised for hunger
PORTLAND, Maine (2/15/12)--Maine credit unions raised $446,929.56--an increase of nearly $45,000 over last year's record--during their 2011 Campaign for Ending Hunger, the Maine Credit Union League announced Monday.

Maine credit unions raised $446,929.56 during their Campaign for Ending Hunger in 2011. The Maine Credit Union League made the announcement Monday during the Thaw to End Hunger Celebration Event. Pictured, from left, are Luke Labbe, chair of the league's Social Responsibility Committee; Ernest Thompson, Academy Award Winning writer of the movie "On Golden Pond"; John Murphy, president of the Maine Credit Union League. (Photo provided by the Maine Credit Union League)
In addition to raising a record-setting amount in 2011, the campaign also surpassed the $4 million milestone in funds raised since the campaign began 22 years ago. 

"The generosity of the over 615,000 credit union members in Maine is extraordinary," John Murphy, league president of the Maine Credit Union League said during the Thaw to End Hunger Celebration Event on Monday. "This marks the 16th 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 celebration was a luncheon event, and featured an address by award-winning author Ernest Thompson, who helped to unveil the big check announcing the total raised.

Ernest Thompson 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. "On Golden Pond" was named as one of the Top 100 romantic films of all time by the American Film Institute.

Since 1990, the Maine credit unions' campaign has raised more than $4.3 million. All money raised goes directly to end hunger and stays in Maine.


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