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Credit union sponsors Madawaska’s annual music series

MADAWASKA, Maine — NorState Federal Credit Union recently partnered with Madawaska’s Music in the Park series, held annually on Thursday evenings in the town’s Bicentennial Park, and donated $3,000 to help the series thrive.

The local music series has been alive and well attended for many years thanks to a dedicated committee of locals who love to bring joy and music to young and old alike. A variety of local musicians, many of who donate or offer their time and talents at a reduced rate, keep the event moving forward.

The committee organizes the Thursday evening events as well as holiday bookings around Independence and Labor days from middle of June through September. When there is rain in the forecast, they let people know on social media that the event moves inside at the Multi-Purpose Center.

“Through a generous donation from the credit union, we are able to focus on raising funds necessary to bring in local artists, update outdated equipment, and focus on increasing attendance and welcoming more businesses to participate during the NorState Music in the Park series,” said Jane Corbin Carter, longtime Music in the Park coordinator.

“This event brings in young families, teens, retirees and allows family and friends to gather and enjoy each other’s company while listening to good tunes,” Carter said. “It allows local health care facilities to offer outings to their clients and locals on a fixed income to enjoy a few hours of free entertainment and friendship.”

“Looking at our sponsorship goals for 2019, we wanted to brand our credit union with local events that bought something to the community, to businesses and people, to young and old alike,” said Denise Duperré, NorState’s executive marketing director.

“Branding our credit union with a local music series, and giving support and encouragement to a successful annual, weekly event, is a winning combination for our communities,” she added.

“NorState FCU cares about its members and the communities we live and work in. So, like The Beatles song lyric suggests, ‘I get by with a little help from my friends,’ we need to pull together and create an environment where everyone is welcomed,” she said.

“We went through years of requests from individuals and event coordinators, and looked at regularly scheduled events within different areas of the county, and identified those events that benefited both community and citizens, as well as assist event coordinators who were probably in need of that beneficial ‘boost’ to keep things fresh and enjoyable for years to come.”

The NorState Music in the Park series opens mid-June and is free to all, from 6 to 8 p.m., every Thursday evening through September. Attendees should bring your lawn chair or blanket, family and friends, and enjoy the entertainment, vendors and the atmosphere of community.

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