LAWRENCE — The Merrimack Valley Credit Union raised more than $22,000 at its 19th annual golf tournament.

Event attendees played golf, entered raffles and enjoyed the weather on June 10 at the Atkinson Country Club and Resort. All funds raised will benefit the Merrimack Valley Charities Fund, which enables the credit union to support more than 60 local nonprofits with fundraising activities throughout the year.

“It’s great when we can spend time with friends, both new and old, while raising money for vital organizations in our community,” said John J. Howard, President & CEO of Merrimack Valley Credit Union. “These are the organizations that are out there to support individuals and families in need in our community. We’re lucky to play a small role in the meaningful work these organizations do.”

MVCU has hosted a golf tournament for the past 18 years, encouraging members of the community to enjoy a day on the links to raise money for local causes. MVCU has raised more than $400,000 for the Merrimack Valley Charities Fund and local nonprofits since the inaugural tournament, supporting organizations that are dedicated to ending homelessness, feeding the hungry, curing childhood diseases, supporting local veterans and providing scholarships.

Representatives from Greater Lawrence Community Action Council, Emmaus, Inc., Family Services of the Merrimack Valley and Home Health VNA/Merrimack Valley Hospice took on advisory roles in this year’s tournament. These organizations have benefited from the funds raised in past tournaments and contributed to this year’s festivities by serving as sponsors, golfers and volunteers.

The annual golf tournament is just one of the events MVCU organizes each year to raise money for the Merrimack Valley Charities Fund. MVCU teams contribute throughout the year, donating funds they’ve raised for “dress down” days, bake sales, raffles and snack sales. Members also donate throughout the year at events, such as “Shred-It” day, when members can drop-off personal documents they’d like to shred. Overall, MVCU donates an average of $130,000 each year to community organizations and nonprofits.

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UMass Lowell hosts entrepreneur program

HAVERHILL — For new and growing businesses, strategic partnerships and effective collaborations can help build customer bases, increase sales, take a product to launch faster, or reduce costs.

For Greater Haverhill Chamber of Commerce's next Entrepreneur Development Series workshop, the iHub welcomes its director, Tom O'Donnell, for a program on "Strategic Partnering and Collaborations," including the opportunity to form meaningful partnerships with research universities, such as UMass Lowell. The workshop will take place Thursday, July 27, 5:30 to 8 p.m. at the UMass Lowell iHub, 2 Merrimack St., Haverhill.

O’Donnell will highlight ways to successfully leverage strategic partnerships to reach your business goals and ways to utilize university resources.

In addition to his role overseeing UMass Lowell’s two Innovation Hubs, O’Donnell is the senior director of Innovation Initiatives at UMass Lowell and a visiting faculty member for the Manning School of Business teaching graduate and undergraduate courses in venture creation, managing innovation, corporate entrepreneurship and strategic management. Prior to joining the university, O’Donnell had a long career in the tech industry with leadership roles in business development at companies including Cisco Systems Inc., TIAX, LLC, and Project Genesis.

This workshop is free and open to the public. Doors open at 5:30 p.m. for refreshments and networking; workshop begins at 6 p.m.

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