Wednesday, February 13, 2013
Well-known musician, Jonathan Edwards (c), John Murphy, President of the Maine CU League (l), and Luke Labbe (r), Chair of the League's Social Resp. Committee, unveil the record-setting total raised by Maine's credit unions in 2012.
On Wednesday, February 13, at South Portland's Marriot Hotel Ballroom, Maine's Credit Unions announced that the 2012 Maine CUs' Campaign for Ending Hunger was another record-setting year with $471,744.42 raised, nearly $25,000 more than last year's record. Through buying power, the funds will enable food pantries and hunger organizations to purchase nearly $7 million worth of food to help Maine's hungry.
"The generosity of the nearly 627,000 credit union members in Maine is extraordinary," explained John Murphy, President of the Maine Credit Union League. "This marks the seventeenth consecutive year that the Campaign has raised a record-setting total. To raise nearly a half a million dollars this past year is especially remarkable in such a challenging economy."
The luncheon event featured an address by Jonathan Edwards, a top-selling and enduring musician who has had multiple hits over the years including a Top 5 song, "Sunshine." Edwards not only gave remarks about the importance of giving back, but also helped unveil the 2012 total and presented Certificates to all credit unions in attendance. He concluded the event with a very special musical performance.
Edwards, who now lives in Cape Elizabeth, said he is "so touched by the sense of community and willingness to help others that Maine credit unions have captured through this Campaign. It is really impressive and I am honored to be a part of it. Thank you for spreading some 'sunshine' to the problem of hunger in Maine." Edwards has participated in providing songs to a couple of recent CDs that have raised funds for the Campaign.
Since 1990, the Maine Credit Unions' Campaign for Ending Hunger has now raised $4.8 million to help end hunger in Maine. 100% of all funds raised stay in Maine and go directly to the cause of ending hunger.