5 non-profit groups get $4,100 each in GBM donations

Posted on Jan 27 2021

Pastor Wayne Guillespie of Salvation Army Saipan Corps, leftmost, Jay Santos of Make-a-Wish Guam & CNMI, fifth from left, and John Hirsh of American Red Cross–NMI Chapter, sixth from left, pose with some of the donors at the check presentation for the Guam Business Magazine Executive of the Year New Year New Hope Initiative held at the Aqua Resort Club in Saipan yesterday, Jan. 26. The three non-profits each received $4,100.  (IVA MAURIN)

The Guam Business Magazine Executive of the Year New Year New Hope Initiative donated $4,100 each to five non-profit organizations in the Marianas, three of which are based in the CNMI.

Present yesterday to receive the checks at the Aqua Resort Club are the three Saipan-based non-profits: Salvation Army–Saipan Corps, American Red Cross–NMI Chapter, and Make-a-Wish Guam & CNMI. The Guam-based recipients are Salvation Army-Guam Corps and the Guam Memorial Hospital Volunteers Association.

Guam Business Magazine Publisher Maureen Maratita acknowledged “how hard times are” for the organizations, and expressed hope that the donations will help in the work they do.

The initiative was supported by the Executives of the Year, including prominent companies in the Mariana Islands, which chose the non-profits receiving the donation. Marian Aldan-Pierce (2000 Executive of the Year), and TanHoldings’ David Sablan (2005 Executive of the Year) and Jerry Tan (2009 Executive of the Year) were present at the event.

“These leaders and organizations have made this unique initiative possible by their swift response. The magazine was unable to host the gala this year, but through their support, the program can still make a positive contribution in 2021,” Maratita added.

John Hirsh, executive director of the American Red Cross-NMI Chapter, said the organization has been very busy reaching out to the public on COVID-19 safety, among others.

“I know that a lot of people worked hard under extremely challenging conditions, economic conditions, to put these donations together, so to everyone who worked so hard to contribute and donate, thank you very much,” said Salvation Army pastor Wayne Guillespie.

Jay Santos of Make-a-Wish highlighted their mission to grant the wishes of children who have critical illnesses and whose lives are a challenge.

Iva Maurin | Correspondent
Iva Maurin is a communications specialist with environment and community outreach experience in the Philippines and in California. She has a background in graphic arts and is the Saipan Tribune’s community and environment reporter. Contact her at iva_maurin@saipantribune.com
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