First Service Federal Credit Union, Columbus, Ohio, recently hosted its third annual charity golf outing at The Country Club at Muirfield Village, raising $7,482.17 for the Children's Miracle Network with proceeds going to Columbus Children's Hospital. Over 100 golfers enjoyed 18 holes of golf, lunch, dinner and a silent auction. The silent auction included items ranging from autographed sports memorabilia to dinner and hotel packages. A Cadillac CTS was provided for a hole-in-one prize. Michigan Schools and Government Credit Union, Clinton Township, Mich., sponsored its annual Canned Food Drive recently. With contributions from employees, members and local neighbors, the CU collected over 5,000 pounds of nonperishable food items. All proceeds were donated to benefit the Gleaners Community Food Bank of Southeastern Michigan. The CU also recently sponsored its quarterly blood drive. Members and employees donated 56 pints of blood, which will be used to save 168 lives. The Weirton-Wellsburg Chapter of Credit Unions sponsored a picnic for the Christian Center children recently. The credit unions rented the new shelter at Starvaggi Memorial Park in Weirton for the picnic. Krogers and AVI Food Systems donated food for the event. Along with sponsoring the picnic, the credit unions purchased admission for the children to swim at the pool and gave money to them to purchase a treat at the pool's snack bar. Cross Valley Federal Credit Union, Wilkes-Barre, Pa., recently held its annual Youth Day Carnival at its main branch. The free event was open to the public, and was a great way for families of Cross Valley FCU to spend a Saturday and learn about money management programs available at the CU for their children and grandchildren. The day featured a magic show, pony rides, carnival games, face painting, ice cream, food and popcorn, as well as live remote with Frankie and Magic93. Cross Valley FCU helps teach students ages 3-12 about saving through a special group called Scottie Savers. Young adults ages 13-19 have an opportunity to join Cross Valley's Executive Student Program to further gain knowledge about money management skills. Cleveland/Bradley County Teachers Federal Credit Union, Cleveland, Tenn., recently donated a computer to Bradley Initiative Credit Union to assist that CU in opening a Hispanic teller station. Cleveland/Bradley County Teachers FCU has been a supporter of BICU since its inception in 2003. BICU is the only state chartered low-income designated credit union in the state. Afena Federal Credit Union, Marion, Ind., recently teamed up with local retailers to raise money for Children's Miracle Network programs at Riley Children's Hospital. The CU is selling the Afena Local Retailer Discount Card for $10 (2 for $15) to be used for discounts at participating area businesses. Georgia Federal Credit Union, Athens, Ga., recently awarded a digital camera to the Visual Arts Program at Burney-Harris-Lyons Middle School. As an e-statement/bill pay promotion, members were asked to enroll and enter a contest for a digital camera. The member who won, donated her camera to the school. Veridian Credit Union, Waterloo, Iowa, recently announced the recipients of its Culture & Arts Grant. Veridian's Culture & Arts Grant targets programs that promote awareness and educate the community on cultural and art-related issues. Fifteen thousand dollars was available from this grant. The following organizations received funding: The University of Northern Iowa, for "Illuminations of the Holocaust"; The Hearst Center for the Arts, for "Picture Stories: A Celebration of African American Illustrators"; Waverly Shell Rock Elementary School, for "Cultures and Folk Dances from Around the World"; The Cedar Rapids Symphony Orchestra, for "Ensembles in the Schools"; Des Moines Art Center for "Day of the Dead"; and The Ruby Van Meter School for "Rick Lussie Music Appreciation Day." Aberdeen Proving Ground Federal Credit Union, Aberdeen, Md., recently donated $15,000 to the Cecil Community College Fund. APGFCU supports initiatives that positively affect the community and is proud to support the foundation's cause to have an educational impact on every household in Cecil County and the surrounding areas. Workers' Credit Union, Fitchburg, Mass., recently contributed $1,000 toward the town's drive to replace the 42-year-old fire engine that the Orange Fire Department currently uses. The engine will be replaced when the town reaches its goal of raising $35,500 for a match grant to purchase a new ladder truck.
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