LACONIA — Bank of New Hampshire would like to thank its employees and local businesses who donated and bid on the 176 items that were auctioned off in this year's Holiday Auction. The $21,000 in proceeds from the Holiday Auction were donated to the New Hampshire National Guard's Chaplain Emergency Relief Fund.
The fund was established during Operation Desert Storm when many military families faced financial hardship during the deployment of their loved ones. Any military member living in New Hampshire or serving in a New Hampshire unit is eligible to receive support. Monies are used exclusively to assist military members and their families who are experiencing an unexpected financial crisis. In the six years that Bank of New Hampshire has been supporting the NHNG-CERF through their annual auction, the bank has donated more than $86,000 to the fund.
"The generosity of Bank of New Hampshire has been a significant factor in our operation year after year," stated Chaplain Steven Veinotte, Trustee for the Chaplain Emergency Relief Fund. "In addition to the normal challenges of deployments and training, 2013 has seen the added burden of sequestration and a government shut-down. In uncertain times like these, the ability to provide emergency assistance to our NH military families is needed more than ever."
For more information or to make a tax-deductible contribution to CERF, write to: CERF, PO Box 3448, Concord NH 03302-3448.