Locals and residents of Portsmouth, NH recently chose Portsmouth Symphony Orchestra as their favorite nonprofit in the “Vote for your Favorite Nonprofit” contest. Hosted by Meredith Village Savings Bank (MVSB), the contest took place between April and June, and asked Portsmouth community members to vote for the charitable organization that enriches their city the most. Portsmouth Symphony Orchestra received the most votes, winning MVSB’s $1000 cash prize. In addition, five participants were randomly chosen to win $100 for simply voting.
Celebrating its 150th anniversary next year, MVSB’s success can be traced back to an unyielding commitment to improving the economic health and well-being of the communities it impacts.
The contest was an opportunity for residents, volunteers and the working population of Portsmouth to support charitable organizations that move them, culminating in a nonprofit event on June 29 at the MVSB Portsmouth Office on 2839 Lafayette Road (Route 1). Local residents will have another opportunity early this fall to celebrate at the Portsmouth branch office as it hosts a celebration of its one year anniversary complete with food, prizes and fun.
Guests were treated to live music by the Orchestra and had a chance to mingle with prominent nonprofits from the area. “We’re both ecstatic and humbled to have won this gift,” said Ginna Macdonald, Executive Director of Portsmouth Symphony Orchestra. “It means the world that participants were moved enough to vote for us. Jim Carrigan and his team at Meredith Village Savings Bank are an incredible neighbor to this community. We continue to be grateful for the bank’s support and generosity.”
“It’s our pleasure to honor the Portsmouth Symphony Orchestra with this well-deserved prize,” said Jim Carrigan, AVP, Branch and Business Development Manager. “There were a number of nonprofits that locals showed great passion for. The voting was close, but Portsmouth Symphony Orchestra secured the win in the end. It’s wonderful, as the Orchestra brings incredible culture and exceptional music to this area, and we’re absolutely thrilled for them!”
Votes were also cast for the Music Hall, Cross Roads House, Haven, Fair Tide, the Chase Home, Krempels Center, Families First, Strawbery Banke and Seacoast Science Center.
The Portsmouth Symphony Orchestra contributes high quality symphonic music to the Seacoast community. Founded in 1997, the orchestra is comprised of more than 65 local professionals, educators, dedicated amateurs and advanced students. The orchestra presents four main concerts each season at the Music Hall in Portsmouth, in addition to numerous chamber music performances and school concerts throughout the year. For more information about the Portsmouth Symphony Orchestra and performances, visit portsmouthsymphony.org.