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Bishop's Summer Reception a Success

October 3, 2017

Bishop's Summer Reception a Success

3rd annual Vita et Caritas Award given to Linda Shemanske of
Good Beginnings of the Upper Valley

(MANCHESTER, NH) - The 2017 Bishop’s Summer Reception to benefit the Bishop’s Charitable Assistance Fund (BCAF) was held on September 7 on the grounds of St. Pius X Parish in Manchester. Attended by more than 350 guests, the Reception capped a successful campaign that raised nearly $220,000. Now in its 32nd year, the BCAF has raised and distributed more than $6 million to assist organizations that improve the quality of life and provide the basic essentials for individuals and families in New Hampshire, especially the poor and disadvantaged.

Dan and Laurel Will of Loudon co-chaired the 2017 campaign. In his remarks at the event Dan noted, “The BCAF helps community agencies meet the immediate needs of New Hampshire residents - food, clothing, shelter, medicine and health care, for example. Gifts to the BCAF are deployed in communities where the needs are basic and urgent. Since the BCAF began, hundreds of agencies and organizations throughout our state have received a well-deserved and empowering gift from the BCAF. Many of them are smaller or not well known, and a grant from the Bishop’s Charitable Assistance Fund often makes a tremendous difference in their ability to serve their clients.”

In his remarks, Bishop Peter Libasci thanked those who donated to the Bishop’s Charitable Assistance Fund, saying, “Since 1985, your generosity has allowed me and my predecessors as Bishop to support so many organizations that bring relief to our brothers and sisters, regardless of their background, faith, or present circumstances. With your help, we’ve provided assistance to our state’s homeless shelters, food pantries, and family assistance centers. You’ve helped immigrants and refugees, the elderly, those with unmet medical needs, and children and youth at-risk find hope for a better tomorrow. Working together, we have helped to improve the lives of thousands throughout our state.” He also expressed his appreciation to the volunteer members of the campaign committee and the BCAF Board of Directors.

A highlight of the Summer Reception was the presentation of the annual Vita et Caritas Award to Linda Shemanske of Good Beginnings of the Upper Valley. The award, given in memory of the late Ruthie Ford, recognizes a volunteer who demonstrates exceptional service to a non-profit organization assisting women, children and families. Linda is a 31-year volunteer with Good Beginnings of the Upper Valley, having been among the founders of the organization along with other women of St. Denis Parish in Hanover. She serves as an in-home volunteer, spending 2-3 hours a week visiting a family with a new baby, providing respite, friendship, and education for new parents. She also serves as Board Vice President, helping to oversee the finances of the organization.

About the Bishop’s Charitable Assistance Fund

The Bishop’s Charitable Assistance Fund is a not-for-profit organization within the Catholic Church in New Hampshire. The Fund enables the Bishop of Manchester, through a volunteer board of directors, to make grants to not-for-profit organizations, without regard to religious affiliation, for projects that help people in New Hampshire meet their basic needs. The Bishop’s Summer Reception, begun in 1985, accepts donations that serve as the sole source of support for the Fund. For more information about the Bishop’s Charitable Assistance Fund visit www.catholicnh.org/bcaf.

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PHOTO CUTLINE: L-R: Dan Will, Bishop Libasci, Laurel Will, Linda Shemanske at the BCAF Summer Reception. (Photo by Jeff Dachowski)

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The Diocese of Manchester is the Roman Catholic Church in New Hampshire, serving the needs of 255,000 Catholics. For more information, please visit www.catholicnh.org/overview.