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Monday, May 21, 2012

Community Financial Gives a Thumbs Up for Charity! $25,000 Awarded to Local Charities

 Tim Cassidy, Fund Development Director (left), 
Cathy Clough, New Hope Center Executive Director,
and Bill Lawton, Community Financial Credit Union, President/CEO
 The votes are in and Thumbs Up For Charity! has a winner.

Throughout the month of April, Community Financial invited the community to vote online among five finalists to determine the Thumbs Up For Charity! prizewinners.

After the votes were tallied, New Hope Center for Grief Support in Northville, took the $10,000 grand prize.

New Hope Center for Grief Support is dedicated to providing grief support services to adults and children who are grieving after the death of a loved one.

“We are so appreciative to Community Financial for their support,” said Cathy Clough, Executive Director of New Hope Center for Grief Support.  “We rely on donations in order to offer our services at no charge to anyone who can benefit from them. Community Financial’s funds will enable us to help more people in an even bigger and better way.”

Clough added that New Hope Center will use the funds to be able to offer more services to those who are grieving. “It’s all to help grieving people in bigger and better way,” Clough said.

The other finalists who also received donations were: Plymouth-Canton Community Schools’ WSDP Radio, The New 88.1 and the Friendship Shelter from Gaylord, which took home $5,000 prizes.  Old Village School of Northville and Montmorency County Council on Aging from Montmorency County each received $2,500. 

“This was an extremely close vote, which goes to show how valued each of these organizations are by the community,” said Sarah Cousineau, Community Financial Credit Union marketing manager. “At Community Financial, we are proud to be able to bring these organizations to the forefront and highlight the amazing work they do.”
Stay tuned to Community Financial to hear more about its commitment to the community.  You can also stay connected by “liking” Community Financial on Facebook at or on Twitter at

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