Governor Lynch Commends 2006 State Employees' Charitable Campaign

From the Office of Governor John Lynch

CONCORD - Gov. John has issued a commendation recognizing the 2006 New Hampshire State Employees' Charitable Campaign.

Gov. Lynch issued a commendation to recognize the generosity and compassion displayed by New Hampshire's state employees during this annual charitable event.

Last year, more than 2,880 state employees gave $354,000 to the Charitable Campaign. In the 11 years, since the campaign began an independent organization, it has raised nearly $3 million for nonprofit organizations across New Hampshire.

State Treasurer Michael Ablowich is serving his third year as chair of the campaign and Deputy Secretary of State Thomas Manning is serving as chair of leadership giving through the Golden Dome Circle. Any state employee who donates 1 percent or more of his or her annual salary is eligible to become a Golden Dome Circle member. The funds raised are administered through the United Way of Merrimack County to nonprofit agencies throughout New Hampshire.

Gov. Lynch will help kickoff the 2006 campaign at the 2006 State Employees' Charitable Campaign Charity Fair at the Howard Recreation Center in Concord on Friday.

A copy of the commendation is attached.

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State of New Hampshire
By His Excellency
John Lynch, Governor

A Commendation

THE STATE EMPLOYEE
CHARITABLE CAMPAIGN


WHEREAS, The State Employees' Charitable Campaign became an independent charitable campaign in 1995 after years of success as part of the United Way; and

WHEREAS, The amount raised has increased from $148,000 annually to more than $350,000, totaling $2,711,278 over 11 years; and

WHEREAS, More than 2,880 generous employees gave $354,980 last year, the 11th year of the State Employees' Charitable Campaign; and

WHEREAS, Hundreds of state employees have served on the State Employees' Charitable Campaign Management Team and as coordinators of the campaigns in state offices all over New Hampshire; and

WHEREAS, The Campaign is well led with State Treasurer Michael Ablowich serving his third year as Chair and Deputy Secretary of State Thomas Manning serving as Chair of leadership giving through the Golden Dome Circle; and

WHEREAS, United Way of Merrimack County is again efficiently administering the campaign so that state employee dollars can quickly go to work in non-profit
agencies throughout the State of New Hampshire;

NOW, THEREFORE, I, JOHN H. LYNCH, GOVERNOR of the State of New Hampshire, do hereby commend the State Employees' Charitable Campaign for their generosity and compassion during this annual event.


Given at the Executive Chamber in Concord, this 31st day of March, in the year of Our Lord two thousand and six, and the independence of the United States of America, two hundred and thirty.