081613 Bank of NH Honored by United Way for fundraising efforts (280w/ 4 col. photo Bank of nh)

LACONIA —  Bank of New Hampshire was honored at the Central New Hampshire chapter of the Granite United Way's Annual Meeting and Awards Ceremony with The Nighswander-Chertok Award.

The Nighswander-Chertok Award recognizes a supporting partner that utilized best fundraising campaign practices over the past year which led to significant community impact. Best practices include, but are not limited to, executive and board engagement, goal setting and benchmark publicizing, employee education and engagement, incentives to participate, community leadership development practices and corporate financial commitment.

In addition to employee contributions and the banks match, Bank of New Hampshire's United Way Committee coordinated fundraisers such as an intranet auction, jeans days, cookbook sales, bake sales and a cutest pet photo contest to raise a record breaking $120,000. Karon Thibault, AVP - Bank Office Support Manager and Donna Harris, VP - Customer Service Center Manager, volunteered to be the campaign co-chairs for the bank. Through creativity and hard work, the employees delivered a record level of funding and employee participation.

Jack Terrill, Senior Vice President of Community Impact for the Central New Hampshire Chapter of Granite United Way stated, "I would like to congratulate the United Way committee and employees at Bank of New Hampshire. We sincerely appreciate their support. Bank of New Hampshire is a staple in our community and one of the reasons we have had so much success at United Way."

With 21 banking offices throughout New Hampshire and assets exceeding $1 billion, Bank of New Hampshire is the oldest and largest independent bank in the state.