NoteWorthy – 9/9/18

Joseph Girard-Meli on September 9th, 2018

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For the Love of Erika Wins Jeanne D’Arc Credit Union’s Nonprofit Day Campaign

For the Love of Erika is the winner of Jeanne D’Arc Credit Union’s National Nonprofit Day Campaign. The organization received a $2,018 donation as the winning prize. Taylor Goodman-Leong, 19 of Westford, Mass., started the organization when she was just 7-years-old in memory of her childhood friend, Erika, who passed away from brain cancer.

For the Love of Erika has donated 14,000 toys and gifts to children in hospitals and shelters all across New England, as well as those in the Department of Children & Families. “I feel really honored to be selected. When I found out, I was super surprised and I had no idea, but I know this donation is going to help For the Love of Erika a lot,” said Goodman-Leong.

Jeanne D’Arc Credit Union ran the Nonprofit Day Campaign from July 23 through August 10 as a way to celebrate National Nonprofit Day. “It is an honor to name For the Love of Erika as our Nonprofit Day Campaign winner,” said Mark S. Cochran, president and chief executive officer of Jeanne D’Arc Credit Union. “We are very impressed by Taylor’s story and her commitment to bringing joy to children in our local community. At Jeanne D’Arc, we are dedicated to supporting nonprofit organizations that assist our neighbors in need.”




This week, Stay Work Play New Hampshire announced the hiring of Sarah Davis as the organization’s event coordinator. A 2018 graduate of the University of New Hampshire, Davis holds a Bachelor of Science in business administration. She most recently served as an event planning intern with Boston-based Conventures, Inc., where she helped to plan and execute a number of events, most notably the Boston Seafood Festival. In her new role, Davis will provide leadership in the planning, coordination, and evaluation of Stay Work Play events, including the organization’s signature annual event, the Rising Stars Awards, to be held this year on Thursday, October 11, at the Currier Museum of Art in Manchester.


Stay Work Play New Hampshire also announced the promotion of Beth San Soucie to communications & outreach manager. San Soucie, a three-year veteran of Stay Work Play, most recently served as the organization’s program manager. In her new role, she is responsible for the planning, development, and implementation of all of the organization’s marketing strategies and communications. San Soucie is also responsible for helping to build and manage the organization’s brand and all aspects of communications in order to raise awareness of the organization and its mission.





September 10

The 13th annual Fore Melmark New England Golf Tournament will be held at the Andover Country Club. Funds raised will support the organization’s mission of serving children, adults and their families affected by a broad range of intellectual disabilities. Andover, Mass. |

Merrimack Valley Food Bank will hold its 25th annual Golf Tournament and Awards Dinner at Indian Ridge Country Club. Participation in the tournament directly supports the organization’s hunger relief efforts in nearly 50 communities and towns in Massachusetts and New Hampshire. Andover, Mass. |

The Greater Haverhill Chamber of Commerce will hold its 27th Annual Golf Tournament at Haverhill Country Club. In addition to a fun day of golf, attendees will enjoy lunch and dinner, a free swag bag and pair of golf gloves, raffles, auctions and more. Haverhill, Mass. |

September 13

The Boys & Girls Club of Greater Haverhill will hold “Nine & Wine,” a combination of nine holes of golf and a wine, beer and food tasting, at the Renaissance Golf Club at 4 p.m. Proceeds will benefit the nonprofit’s work in the Greater Haverhill area. Haverhill, Mass. |

September 15

The 38th annual Special Field Games is a sporting event for people of all ages with special needs, co-sponsored by the Knights of Columbus and the Service Club of Andover. Along with the event and awards, music and great food are all included in this free event. This year’s games will be held at Northern Essex Community College’s Haverhill campus, with registration beginning at 8:30 a.m. Haverhill, Mass. |

The annual Team Walk n’ Roll Cruise for CancerCare will roll out for an 83-mile, police escorted motorcycle ride at 11 a.m. Registration begins at 9 a.m., kickstands up at 10:30 a.m. The ride begins and ends at Lowell Elks Lodge. $30 per ride, $15 per passenger, $10 non-rider donation includes law enforcement escorted ride, coffee and doughnuts, giveaways, lunch, entertainment and raffles. Rain date Sunday, Sept. 16. Lowell, Mass. |

September 16

Temple Emanu-El is pleased to announce that bestselling author Rachel Kadish will speak about her award-winning novel, “The Weight of Ink.” A continental breakfast will be served at 9:30 a.m. and the presentation will follow at 10:00 a.m. Haverhill, Mass. |

September 22

Join over 40 food, craft and nonprofit vendors at this year’s Fall Equinox Fest in Exeter, N.H. There will be live music and a full day of yoga practice. The event runs from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Exeter, N.H. |


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