Congratulations to Project New Hope in Leicester on winning the $5,000 grand prize in Main Street Connect’s Winter Wish List, sponsored by Gaudette Insurance.
Project New Hope earned over 4,500 votes from readers and supporters to help them win the grand prize.
The Winter Wish List promotion, sponsored by Gaudette Insurance, offered Main Street Connect readers a great opportunity to show their support for their favorite local not-for-profit organizations by voting for them everyday of the promotion, in hopes of gathering enough votes to win up to $5,000.
Project New Hope is an organization that provides all veterans and their families’ education, training and skills in a relaxed rural setting that elevates their ability to manage their lives after wartime service.
"This is going to help us fund our retreats," said Tracy Vaillancourt of Project New Hope. "All of the money we raise goes to our programming -- we're all volunteer-run -- and this is going to be a big help."
As community leaders, Main Street Connect and Gaudette Insurance knew that not-for-profit organizations need funding now more than ever and wanted to give back to the organizations that serve their local communities.
“We are very excited about helping the great non-profit organizations that serve many of the same towns we serve," said Lee Gaudette of Gaudette Insurance. The Winter Wish List promotion is a wonderful new way of reaching out and giving back to those communities.”
Earning the $500 runner-up prizes were Leicester Little League, Boy Scout Troop 53 of Auburn, Benjamin Franklin DeMolay in Grafton, Family Continuity Programs of Northbridge and the Northborough Education Foundation. Each organization received over 2,000 votes.
The Winter Wish List promotion generated a total of 24,862 votes for the 62 organizations that participated.
“We are hoping that all the organizations that were a part of the Winter Wish List, and serve our communities, will benefit from the awareness that this promotion has created for them," said Rick Anderson of Gaudette Insurance.
Massachusetts Publisher Jack Schofield of Main Street Connect said reader interest in the promotion was high.
“We are very excited by the support that the Winter Wish List promotion received from our readers," Schofield said. "They are responsible for bringing forward these great 62 organizations to the attention of the communities that we serve, especially during the holiday season.”