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NH’s 2nd Annual Make 12-Hours Count Radio-thon for Veterans Tops $150,000

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Granite Staters, Celebrities, Elected Officials, iHeartRadio, News Radio FM 96-7, WGIR 610 Team Up with Veterans Count to Support Families

Manchester, NH – The 2nd Annual Make 12 Hours Count Radio-thon for Veterans Count, a program of Easter Seals celebrating its 10th anniversary, was a motivational day that raised more than $150,000 to help local service member and their families! This incredible 12-hour Radio-thon was broadcast on News Radio 96-7 in Portsmouth, News Radio 610 in Manchester as well as nationwide on iHeartRadio.com. Presented by LTC Partners, the donations poured in on a day officially proclaimed by NH Governor Maggie Hassan as “Veterans Count Day”.

“The outpouring of kindness for veterans and their families from our neighbors throughout New Hampshire was truly inspiring,” said Easter Seals NH President & CEO Larry Gammon. “That kindness, combined with the support we received from sponsors, volunteers and especially the dedicated people at News Radio 96-7 and News Radio 610, were indispensable in raising significant funds to help our service members through challenging times.”

Lucy Lange Gappens, SVPS for iHeartMedia- New Hampshire was equally thrilled: “We are overwhelmed and humbled by the response to this effort! Thanks to the dedication of New Hampshire Today host Jack Heath and the entire team at iHeart- New Hampshire for coordinating with the team at Easter Seals -Veterans Count, as well as the generous sponsors for their involvement in making this is the most successful radio-thon we have ever had.”

The Radio-thon featured 12 hours of compelling content about the challenges faced by military families and how Veterans Count provides support. Additionally, the broadcast included testimonials from clients, sponsor recognition, and check presentations. The Radio-thon was broadcast live with donations ranging from a $25,000 pledge from Presidential candidate Donald Trump and a $15,000 donation from former NH Governor Craig Benson to piggy banks stuffed with dollars and coins.

NewsRadio 610 and WGIR 96-7 wish to thank the hourly Supporting Sponsors: Autofair, Bank of America, Granite Group Benefits, Granite State Indoor Range, Great American Restaurants, Kittery Trading Post, Manchester Harley Davidson, New England Dragway, New Hampshire Motor Speedway, Service Credit Union, Toyota of Portsmouth, and Walmart. Thank you also to more than 100 event and phone bank volunteers as well as incentive sponsors, food sponsors, and to the companies who participated in grassroots fundraising efforts.

The proceeds from this Radio-thon will directly impact the lives of veterans, service members, and their families. Since 2006, Veterans Count has provided more than 9,000 individuals with services including suicide prevention, employment, homelessness, substance abuse treatment, transportation, and mental health issues resulting from post-traumatic stress disorder and/or traumatic brain injury. Additionally, Veterans Count provides financial assistance for food, home maintenance, utilities, housing, rent, fuel assistance, vehicle repair, child care, gasoline, and medical bills.

If you missed the Radio-thon and would like to make a donation to help NH veterans and their families, please visit vetscount.org/nh or call 844.650.VETS.

State’s 2nd Annual “Make 12 Hours Count” Radio-thon for Veterans Hits Airwaves March 23

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News Radio 96-7 & WGIR-AM 610 Team Up with Veterans Count to Support Our Military Families

Manchester, NH – In a state-wide, patriotic show of support for all that our veterans, service members and their families have sacrificed, Veterans Count, a program of Easter Seals NH, will take to the airwaves for the 2nd Annual “Make 12-Hours Count” Radio-thon, presented by LTC Partners, on March 23 from 6 am – 6 pm on News Radio 96-7, WGIR-AM 610 as well as iHeartRadio.com.

The Radio-thon will feature 12 hours of compelling content about the challenges faced by military families and how Veterans Count and other organizations provide support. Additionally, the Radio-thon will include testimonials from clients, sponsor recognition, celebrity endorsements and check presentations. The Radio-thon, hosted by the host of NH Today Jack Heath, will be broadcast live on Manchester’s WGIR-AM 610 and Rochester’s News Radio 96-7. Listeners not in the coverage area for these two stations will be able to access the broadcast online at iHeartRadio.com, or through the iHeartRadio app.

This major effort will directly impact the lives of service members of all eras and their families. Since 2006, Easter Seals Military & Veterans Services provided more than 9,000 individuals with services for challenges including suicide prevention, employment, homelessness, substance abuse treatment, transportation, and mental health issues resulting from post-traumatic stress disorder and/or traumatic brain injury.

Additionally, Veterans Count provides emergency financial assistance for food, home maintenance, utilities, housing, rent, fuel assistance, vehicle repair, child care, gasoline, and medical bills.

Thank you to our Supporting Sponsors: Autofair, Bank of America, Granite Group Benefits, Granite State Indoor Range, Great American Restaurants, Kittery Trading Post, Manchester Harley Davidson, New England Dragway, New Hampshire Motor Speedway, Service Credit Union, Toyota of Portsmouth, and Walmart.

For more information about how to get involved, please contact Development Director Joe Emmons at 603.621.3570. Please call 844.650.VETS on March 23 to make a donation. 

Eagle Storage of Dover Hosts 2nd Annual Benefit Yard Sale and Auction for Veterans Count

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On Sunday, September 20, 2015, from 9AM to 1PM, Eagle Storage, on Route 155 in Dover, will host a giant benefit yard sale. Sponsored by BlueTech Car Wash and Calling All Cargo, the proceeds from sponsorships and seller registration fees will go to benefit Veterans Count, a program of Easter Seals, whose mission is to provide critical and timely financial assistance and services when no other resource is available to veterans, service members and their families, to ensure their dignity, health and overall well-being.

It is suggested that yardsalers donate $2 for entry into event (not required). Refreshments will be available for sale.

Liz Comeau, Site Manager for Eagle Storage, says “Eagle Storage has always been community minded by donating money and storage to local organizations, and we are excited to continue our new yard sale tradition.”

Veterans Count will have its own sale table loaded with donated items that Eagle Storage has been collecting over the summer. Item donations, clean and in good repair, can still be dropped off at Eagle Storage, 221 Knox Marsh Rd, Dover NH. 9AM to 4PM Mon – Sat up until September 19, and must be approved by staff. At 1PM, a WINNER TAKE ALL AUCTION will be held, with all proceeds going to Veterans Count.

Denise Poulos, Veterans Count board member, says “I was honored when Eagle Storage reached out with the generous offer to support Veterans Count through this popular event. This program truly does offer a hand up to our military families and offers an opportunity for all members of the community to show their appreciation.”

In 2014, more than 800 shoppers attended the event, and Eagle Storage helped to raise over $1,500 for Amy’s Treat, another local non-profit. This year is expected to exceed that total.

Details and registration forms for sellers can be found at www.eaglestorage.net/yardsale Deadline for seller registration is September 17, 2015. Questions can be directed to Eagle Storage 603-750-7500.

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Veterans Count Launches Inaugural Lakes Region Golf Tournament, Raising $83,000 for NH’s Military Families

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Nearly 100 golfers from across the Lakes Region and state hit the course for a cause on Monday, July 20, for the inaugural Veterans Count Lakes Region Golf Tournament at Laconia Country Club. Their generous support helped raise $83,000 for Veterans Count, a program of Easter Seals, which provides critical and timely financial assistance and services when no other resource is available to veterans, service members and their families, to ensure their dignity, health and overall well-being.

Since 2007, Veterans Count has served over 9,000 individuals in a variety of ways including suicide prevention, homelessness, substance abuse treatment, employment, transportation, and mental health issues resulting from post-traumatic stress disorder and/or traumatic brain injury. Veterans Count supports families through a care coordination model and provides emergency financial assistance for food, home maintenance, housing, rent, fuel assistance, utilities, vehicle repair, gasoline, medical bills, and child care.

Thank you to all of our generous tournament sponsors: NASWA, UBS, Northeastern Sheet Metal, Bob Litterst, Weirs Publishing Company – Weirs Times and Cocheco Times, Walt Havenstein, Charles Schwab, Michael Salter, T & M Commercial Funding, Fisher Scientific, Bank of New Hampshire, Granite State Plumbing and Heating LLC, The Clark Family, Shep Brown’s Boat Basin, Michael Handrahan Remodeling, Inc., Sig Sauer, MCCOY GLOBAL MANAGEMENT LTD, Integrity Earthworks, Daniels Electric Corporation, Electrical Supply Company, Belknap Landscape Company Inc., Bo Brown, Atlantic Valuation Consultants, LLC, and Pike Industries.

Next year’s tournament will be held July 18, 2016. For sponsorship opportunities, please contact Director of Development, Joe Emmons at jtemmons@eastersealsnh.org.

3rd Annual SOS Seacoast Gala

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The Wounded Warrior Amputee Softball Team Hits the Diamond in Nashua and Manchester for NH Veterans, Service Members and Their Families

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NH Nemesis and Local Celebrities Join the Action to Play Ball for Easter Seals Veterans Count

Manchester, NH – The National Wounded Warrior Amputee Softball Team (WWAST) will travel to the Granite State this summer to play two games that will benefit Veterans Count, a program of Easter Seals New Hampshire. The first game is on Friday, July 24, 2015 at 7 pm at Historic Holman Stadium in Nashua, home of the Silver Knights, against the NH Nemesis, a Nashua-based, 60-plus softball travel team. The excitement continues on Saturday, July 25 at 12 pm at Northeast Delta Dental Stadium, home of the New Hampshire Fisher Cats in Manchester. The rival team will be made up of local and “imported” talent and celebrities including Manchester Police Chief David Mara, Rock 101’s Adam Furious, WMUR on-air personalities and many more.

The collaboration between the WWAST and Veterans Count will benefit local veterans in New Hampshire and the WWAST. The WWAST is comprised of young, competitive, athletic veterans and active duty soldiers who have lost limbs post-9/11, while serving their country in the military/war. The team includes individuals with a variety of amputations. They travel the country playing abled-bodied teams in competitive, celebrity and exhibition softball games, bringing their special brand of softball, courage and inspiration.

This weekend-long, patriotic effort will directly impact the lives of NH service members of all eras and their families. Since 2007, over $2M in donations to Veterans Count has provided more than 8,000 individuals with services including suicide prevention, employment, homelessness, substance abuse treatment, transportation, and mental health issues resulting from post-traumatic stress disorder and/or traumatic brain injury. Additionally, Veterans Count provides financial assistance for food, home maintenance, utilities, housing, rent, fuel assistance, vehicle repair, child care, gasoline, and medical bills.

“The WWAST represents some of our nation’s bravest and most determined heroes, soldiers and veterans and we could not be more proud to partner with them in this effort,” said Easter Seals NH President & CEO Larry Gammon. “These young athletes have sustained severe injuries resulting in amputation while serving in the military/war, and through extensive rehabilitation, they have become competitive athletes again. Their armor now includes prosthetic legs and arms, along with extreme perseverance and attitude.”

Admission for each game is $10 per person. Tickets for the July 24th contest are available at www.nashuasilverknights.com, and by visiting or calling the box office of Historic Holman Stadium at 603.718.8883. Tickets for July 25 are available at www.nhfishercats.com, and by visiting or calling the box office of Northeast Delta Dental Stadium at 603.641.2005

Thank you to our Corporate Sponsors: City of Nashua, New Hampshire Fisher Cats, Next Step Bionics & Prosthetics, and The Silver Knights. Additional Corporate Sponsorships are available at a variety of levels. For more information, please contact WWAST-NH Committee Member Norm Harrison at 603.321.0461 or norm.harrison@yahoo.com.

About The Wounded Warrior Amputee Softball Team
WWAST is a 501(c)(3) charitable organization whose mission is to raise awareness, educate, and inspire the public about the strength and resiliency of our wounded warriors. Carrying the motto ‘Life without a limb is limitless,’ the Team is comprised of veterans and active-duty servicemen who have lost limbs while serving our country in the global war on terrorism in Iraq and Afghanistan. These soldiers and athletes now travel the country playing abled-bodied teams in competitive, celebrity, and exhibition softball games, bringing their special brand of softball, courage, and inspiration. Additional information can be found at www.woundedwarrioramputeesoftballteam.org.

About Easter Seals New Hampshire
For more than 75 years, Easter Seals NH has provided exceptional services to ensure that all people with disabilities or special needs and their families have equal opportunities to live, learn, work and play in their communities. Easter Seals services include autism services, inclusive child care and early intervention, special education, medical rehabilitation, camping and recreation, vocational services, senior services, substance abuse services, adult day programs, community based services, individual service options, transportation services, residential service options, dental services and veteran services. As a leader in health care services for individuals with disabilities and special needs, ESNH employs more than 1,400 individuals who serve more than 11,000 children, adults and seniors in over 90 programs throughout the state. To learn more about Easter Seals NH, visit www.easterseals.com/nh and www.vetscount.org.

NH’s First 12-Hour Radio-thon for Veterans Tops $125,000

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Granite Staters, Celebrities, Elected Officials, and News Radio 96-7 & News Radio 610 Team Up with Veterans Count to Support Military Families

Manchester, NH – The Inaugural Make 12 Hours Count Radio-thon for Veterans Count, a program of Easter Seals, was a motivational day that raised $125,000 to help local service member and their families! This groundbreaking 12-hour Radio-thon was broadcast on News Radio 96-7 in Portsmouth, News Radio 610 in Manchester as well as nationwide on iHeartRadio.com. Presented by LTC Partners, the administrator of the Federal Long Term Care Insurance Program and BENEFEDS, the donations poured in on a day officially proclaimed by NH Governor Maggie Hassan as “Veterans Count Day”.

“The outpouring of kindness for veterans and their families from our neighbors throughout New Hampshire was truly inspiring,” said Easter Seals NH President & CEO Larry Gammon. “That kindness, combined with the support we received from sponsors, volunteers and especially the dedicated people at News Radio 96-7 and News Radio 610, were indispensable in raising significant funds to help our service members through challenging times.”

Jeff Pierce, Senior Vice President of Programming for iHeart Media- New Hampshire was equally thrilled: “We are overwhelmed by the response to this effort! Thanks to the dedication of New Hampshire Today host Jack Heath and the entire iHeart- New Hampshire Team coordinating with the team at Easter Seals -Veterans Count, this is the most successful Radio-thon we have ever had.”

The Radio-thon featured 12 hours of compelling content about the challenges faced by military families and how Veterans Count provides support. Additionally, the broadcast included testimonials from clients, sponsor recognition, celebrity endorsements and check presentations. Hosted by NH radio legend Jack Heath, the Radio-thon was broadcast live with donations ranging from a $25,000 pledge from Donald Trump and a $10,000 donation from former NH Governor Craig Benson to a piggy bank filled with dollars and change from a young listener.

NewsRadio 610 and 96-7 wish to thank the hourly Supporting Sponsors: Autofair, Granite Group Benefits, Grappone Automotive, Kittery Trading Post, Manchester Harley Davidson, New England Dragway, Service Credit Union, Toyota of Portsmouth, and Walmart. Thank you also to all event and phone bank volunteers as well as incentive sponsors, food sponsors, and to the companies who participated in grassroots fundraising efforts.

The proceeds from this Radio-thon will directly impact the lives of service members of all eras and their families. Since 2007, more than $2 M in donations has provided 8,300 individuals with services including suicide prevention, employment, homelessness, substance abuse treatment, transportation, and mental health issues resulting from post-traumatic stress disorder and/or traumatic brain injury. Additionally, Veterans Count provides financial assistance for food, home maintenance, utilities, housing, rent, fuel assistance, vehicle repair, child care, gasoline, and medical bills.

If you missed the Radio-thon and would like to make a donation to help NH veterans and their families, please click here.

If you were unable to listen in on our Veterans Count Radio-thon on March 25, just click here to listen to some of the amazing and inspiring client testimonials as well as interviews with Governor Hassan, Donald Trump, Seth Myers, and many more!

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Former Adjutant Gen. of the NH National Guard Kenneth Clark (ret) helps to man the busy phone bank.

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Phone bank volunteers took calls from more than 400 donors from around the state.

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NH Radio Legend Jack Heath lead the charge to pull of this monumental effort.

 

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