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Salmon Press staff step up to support Make-A-Wish

Inside Sales Representative Beth Tobyne, Managing Editor Brendan Berube and Meredith News Editor and writer Erin Plummer were among the Salmon Press employees who took part in the Meredith Community Wide Yard Sales last week to raise money for Make-A-Wish foundation. (Photo by Donna Rhodes) (click for larger version)
May 23, 2019
MEREDITH ¬– This year, the employees of Salmon Press have joined the Make-A-Wish Foundation's Rafting for Wishes event in July and as one of their fundraising efforts for this charitable cause, the staff took part in the Meredith Community Wide Yard Sales last Saturday, with all proceeds from the employee sale going to Rafting for Wishes.

Make-A-Wish is a nonprofit organization that grants special requests of youngsters with a serious or life-threatening illness, ranging from relaxing vacations, trips to sporting events, adaptive playgrounds in their backyard and much more.

Each group that signs up to join Rafting for Wishes receives a Wish Buddy to partner with for the event. Wish Buddies are children who have already had a wish granted but hope their story will inspire people to help grant wishes for other boys and girls in New Hampshire.

Meredith News MONSTARS has been partnered with now 15-year-old Brookyn for the 2019 Rafting for Wishes. In December of 2017 Brooklyn was diagnosed with Hodgkin's Lymphoma. When she was asked what her wish would be, Brooklyn thought beyond her own wants and asked instead that the foundation help a group of rescued puppies that were being housed at high kill rate shelters across New Hampshire. As a result, seven puppies were transported to the NHSPCA where "Brooklyn's Adoption Day," hosted by she, her friends and family, helped find forever homes for the young dogs.

"For Brooklyn, using her wish to save the lives of animals was more important than anything else to her. She is forever grateful to have been given the opportunity to have a wish that she could in turn use to help save animals who do not have a voice," the Make-A-Wish Foundation said.

Everyone at Salmon Press was touched by Brooklyn's story, and has committed to working hard to help grant more wishes for children like her. Beth Tobyne from the advertising department took the initiative to organize The Meredith News MONSTARS Rafting for Wishes team and organized last weekend's yard sale at the company's local headquarters in downtown Meredith.

"I thought this would be a good idea, a way for us to engage with the community and be part of something that takes place right here in Meredith," Tobyne said.

The sale had everything from household goods, children's games, and clothing to sports memorabilia, classic books, vinyl records and even paintings by one of their own graphic designers, Patti O'Donnell. There were also hot bowls of homemade macaroni and cheese along with cookies and other refreshments available throughout the day.

Eighteen-year-old Ashley of Meredith was one of the many customers who took home items from the sale and said she was happy to help Make-A-Wish.

"I have a cousin who got a wish granted and he got to go to a Bruins game," she explained. Thankfully, Ashley and her family added, her cousin is doing fine today.

Among those pitching in to help with sales that day was Executive Editor Brendan Berube who was pleased to see so many stop by and contribute to the fundraiser.

"It's a beautiful day; a great day to be out and about in the community, and I'm happy to volunteer my services for a great cause," Berube said.

Now in its ninth year, Rafting for Wishes is a 24-hour event where teams will gather on rafts off Hesky Park in Meredith, starting at 5 p.m. on July 19, to show their support for Make-A-Wish. Those who wish to show their support through the Meredith News MONSTARS may do so by dropping off donations of any size at the Salmon Press office, located at 5 Water Street. Checks can with the notation "Rafting for Wishes" can also be mailed to Salmon Press, P.O. Box 729, Meredith, N.H. 03253, or presented to any company employee. One hundred-percent of the money raised will help grant the wish of yet another New Hampshire child.

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