DULUTH, Ga. -- To honor the legacy of one of its native sons, Georgia's credit unions have contributed more than $66,000 to help build a national memorial to honor Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.
As of Nov. 29, 24 credit unions in Georgia have contributed more than $56,000, in addition to a $10,000 contribution by the Georgia Credit Union League Service Corporation, according to Georgia Credit Union Affiliates.
"Georgia credit unions know firsthand the impact that Dr. King has made on our state and our country," said Michael Mercer, president/CEO of GCUA. "Our participation in this effort is our way of demonstrating support for this incredible project that will impact generations to come."
The foundation (www.mlkmemorial.org) is currently raising $100 million towards the building of the memorial and center that will feature King's life and accomplishments. To date, the foundation has raised more than $84 million. The memorial is scheduled to be completed in 2009.
"Credit unions, credit union leagues, foundations, business partners and associations across the country understand the value of the Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Memorial to our country and the honor of taking advantage of this historic opportunity," said Hubert Hoosman, president/CEO of Vantage CU and treasurer of the African-American Credit Union Coalition, which has spearheaded fundraising efforts for the King memorial "More importantly, the national credit union movement has stepped up to the plate again to show differentiation between credit unions and other financial institutions."
Credit union leaders from across Georgia have expressed their commitment to being part of the Martin Luther King, Jr. Memorial.
Claude Garret, president of MidSouth FCU of Macon, said, "MidSouth is tremendously honored to support this fund to preserve the legacy of Martin Luther King, Jr. The efforts of credit unions across the nation to help raise funds and increase awareness of this mission show our combined strength and commitment to our nation's rich heritage."
"Augusta Metro Federal Credit Union is a proud contributor to the Martin Luther King Memorial Project," said Sherry Saxon, CEO of Augusta Metro FCU. "Dr. King's message of the American Dream aligns with the credit union philosophy of people helping people.'"
"Atlanta Postal Credit Union is proud to be a sponsor of the Martin Luther King, Jr. National Memorial," said Don DeCinque, president/CEO of Atlanta Postal CU. "Being headquartered in Atlanta, we wanted to show our support for a hometown hero."
Janet Davis, president/CEO of TIC FCU in Columbus, said, "This is an important project that will honor a true pioneer and one of our country's most important leaders."
"Dr. Martin Luther King spent his life helping to improve the lives of others, a philosophy which is synonymous with the mission of credit unions," said Coosa Valley FCU CEO Ron Tomlinson. "We were glad for the opportunity to contribute to the Memorial and in so doing, be a part of honoring one of America's greatest heroes."