Glynn Sheridan has a problem, but it’s a problem he doesn’t mind too much. He has more money for his organization, Junior Achievement, than he has volunteers to carry out the mission for which the money was raised.
The Lawrence St. Patrick’s Day Parade broke its previous record of $52,500 with 2011 fundraising, collecting $66,000. Junior Achievement, Cooper’s Cause Foundation and Imagine Drop-In Childcare received $22,000 each during a presentation Thursday at Capital City Bank, 740 N.H.
Sheridan said the money Junior Achievement received would allow the organization to move into at least 40 more classrooms. It is present in more than 200 classes, teaching children real-world skills with a focus on business.
Sheridan, who is on Junior Achievement’s board of directors, said in the past he’s had to turn down requests from schools to bring in the program because of lack of funds. Now they need more volunteers to teach children.
“It’s a great problem to have,” he said.
Kristi Keefer, co-founder of Cooper’s Cause Foundation, said the $22,000 donation was the largest the organization had ever received. She said it took the organization, now in its fourth year, a couple years to collect $16,000 to help four pediatric heart patients.
The St. Patrick’s Day donation will help even more families.
“The people are out there. The need is out there,” Keefer said.
Erin Taylor, director of Imagine Drop-In Childcare, was a queen candidate for the parade and helped with the fundraising.
“I get to see it pay off,” she said.
Debi Drummet, co-chair of the St. Patrick’s Day Parade committee, said she was grateful that Lawrence residents and businesses were willing to give so much even in a down economy.
“It’s been a great year,” she said.