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CHC alum hosts Facebook fundraiser

Catching up with Matthew Ricker

Like many alumni from CHC’s children’s program, Matthew Ricker stays connected to CHC through fundraising events. In recent years, Matthew has played a proactive role in helping to raise funds for our Golf event and Winter Appeal. Most recently, he leveraged the fundraising power of Facebook – along with the generosity and support of his family and friends – to make a donation to CHC in connection with his birthday.

We caught up with Matthew, now an accomplished employee benefits expert, for a quick Q&A about his Facebook fundraiser.

CHC: What inspired you to create a Facebook fundraising campaign?

Matthew: I received communication therapy at CHC for several years as a child after getting a cochlear implant. That experience made a big difference in my life, and I’m grateful.

CHC: What was the reaction from friends and family?

Matthew: Lots of people donated, and it was comforting to receive so much support, personally and for CHC.

CHC: Any advice for others looking to do their own fundraiser?

Matthew: Anyone can fundraise on Facebook, even if it’s not a birthday fundraiser. What I did was explain my history with CHC and how they benefited me. That is what helped me to raise a lot of money.

CHC: Can you share with us what you’ve been up to since graduating from Iona College?

Matthew: I graduated from Iona College in May, 2018. For my senior year in college, I interned at Fox News. I currently serve as the Employee Benefits Clerk for the City School District of New Rochelle. I worked there on a part-time basis while I was in high school and college, and then was recently promoted to that position. I also host a radio show on New Rochelle’s local station, WVOX.

CHC: Matthew, your friends at CHC wish you continued success! We’re grateful for all your support and look forward to working together on our next fundraising venture!

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