Last night we were so excited to attend one of our very favorite events of the year, New Hampshire Charitable Foundation’s Annual Meeting. A lively atmosphere of nonprofits leaders and program participants, Charitable Foundation supporters and donors, came out in droves for this night of celebration. We sat to beautiful musical selections by the students and faculty of the Upper Valley Music Center. When the program began we heard from Melinda Mosier, Director of Donor Services for the welcoming, followed by Sister Paula Marie Buley, Secretary of the Board, who gave the audience a brief review of 2017 as listed in their attractive Annual Report. Next the President and CEO, a well-respected and loved leader, gave his remarks around this year’s Annual Meeting theme, On A Mission.
The absolute highlight of the Annual Meeting program was certainly the next part, in which four outstanding organizations doing unbelievably valuable things in the state of New Hampshire had a chance to speak about and shine onstage for the audience, and shine they did. Following with the Charitable Foundation’s theme, On A Mission:
…to support service members and their families was Sgt. Maj. Victor May, New Hampshire National Guard and Larry Gammon, President and CEO of Easterseals New Hampshire.
…to help girls build confidence and strength was Elaine Hamel, Founder, Girls at Work, as well as a group of girls from the program who were not only strong, powerful girls, but who also built the gorgeous podium from where the night’s message was delivered from!
…to tell the truth about our history was NH State Senator David Watters, and JerriAnne Boggis, Executive Director, The Black Heritage Train of New Hampshire, who blew the audience away with her remarks about her invaluable work in the state.
…to engage and inspire was Alec Doyle, Executive Director, The Colonial Theatre, and his presentation captivated the audience and inspired many.
Simon Delekta, the Foundation’s Senior Program Officer gave the Closing and we enjoyed a great time of networking and hearing more from the organizations that keep our state running in the best of ways. Delicious finger food (as usual!), and lovely conversation with old and new friends capped off the evening.
Kudos and heartfelt thank you to the New Hampshire Charitable Foundation for truly understanding the climate of the state and helping the very best nonprofit organizations find grant and funding possibilities with the Foundation’s benevolent, caring donors and trusts. We can’t imagine our state without The New Hampshire Charitable Foundation and are so grateful to you — staff, donors, partners and volunteers, for keeping helping NH thrive.