Nice work by the New Hampshire Fisher Cats (Class AA; Eastern League) and its Fisher Cats Foundation, which is closing in on $2 million in giving since the foundation's inception in 2006.
The team and Foundation have now provided more than $1.87 million in monetary and in-kind donations to over 2,500 non-profit and charitable organizations. The latest contributions in the organizations' year-round efforts provided support for The Friends of Bridges House in Concord, New Horizons for New Hampshire, and City Year New Hampshire.
"In addition to our annual college scholarship program and our ongoing support for the Children's Hospital at Dartmouth-Hitchcock, we continue to bolster organizations that provide valuable resources to our community," said Fisher Cats President Rick Brenner. "Our most recent contributions will allow these groups to continue their efforts to make our communities more attractive places to live, work, and visit.
The Fisher Cats and Fisher Cats Foundation partnered with New Horizons of New Hampshire in a recent campaign utilizing the social networking website Facebook. In conjunction with WMUR, Rock 101 and The Morning Buzz, and WHEB, the Fisher Cats encouraged Facebook users to 'Like' the Fisher Cats official team page at www.facebook.com/nhfishercats. During the two-week promotion, more than 1,500 fans cast their virtual support of the Fisher Cats, resulting in a donation to support New Horizons, a Manchester-based soup kitchen, food pantry, and homeless shelter. New Horizons plans to use the money to increase its capacity to provide shelter for the homeless with the purchase of new beds.
The Foundation's donation to City Year New Hampshire continues a mission for both organizations to improve the lives of young people in New Hampshire. City Year unites young people across the state for a year of full-time service to provide them with the skills and opportunities to change the world. The contribution will help City Year corps members put their idealism to work by tutoring and mentoring school children, reclaiming public spaces, and organizing after-school programs both in New Hampshire and abroad.
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