The Sharing Center receives $5,000 from National Consumer Panel

National Consumer Panel last week donated $5,000 to The Sharing Center after Salem resident Karen Mahoney's essay on why the center should get the donation was selected from 1,800 entries nationwide. Pictured are (from left): Karen Rasmussen of The Sharing Center Board, Mahoney, Karen Hillock and Greta Menke of The Sharing Center Board, Neal Campbell from National Consumer Panel and David Menke of The Sharing Center Board.

Representatives of National Consumer Panel were in Paddock Lake last week to deliver a $5,000 check to The Sharing Center after a local resident told the group why that organization was worthy of the donation.

Salem resident Karen Mahoney’s family tracks their purchases for The Nielsen and Symphony IRI companies, to be used as part of consumer behavior databases.

Late last year, National Consumer Panel sent Mahoney an email inviting her to submit a paragraph about a charitable organization. The company was planning to give $10,000 to one charitable organization in the U.S. Instead they picked two out of 1,800 entries — including The Sharing Center — and sent $5,000 to each.

In this video, Neal Campbell of National Consumer Panel reads Karen’s entry:

Mahoney’s name may seem familiar to readers of A freelance journalist, she is a frequent contributor to and other area news publications and Catholic newspapers.


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