DALLAS -- The Hurricane Ike fundraising campaign providing disaster relief to industry victims stepped up the pace last week with plans unveiled for a $100,000 celebrity golf tournament Nov. 18 at a Dallas country club.
High-level sponsors for the event, coordinated by the Texas Credit Union League, include a coalition of corporates, CU vendors and the Harmon Killebrew Foundation.
Southwest Corporate FCU, US Central FCU, Co-Op Financial Services, Bluepoint Solutions, Pulse and American Share Insurance were listed as confirming sponsors, putting up $7,500 each.
The Nov. 18 event includes golf foursomes to play 18 holes "of championship golf at the fabulous Cowboys Golf Club in Grapevine along with sports celebrities," including Minnesota Twins Hall of Famer Harmon Killebrew. The tab per foursome is $1,000.
"This tournament will be a fabulous way to support the disaster relief efforts," said Richard Ensweiler, Texas Credit Union League CEO/president. "The credit union community has been quick to respond to the initial disaster needs, and we know the demand will be there for the longer term needs as well."
The Texas Credit Union Foundation already has provided nearly 900 grants to Texas CU employees and members, with the total distributed now topping $469,000.
Separately, the league and the foundation said it will be hosting a nationwide adopt-a-family program and wish list over the Christmas holidays, providing a means for those affected to place their needs on league Web sites.
"Credit unions worldwide can select a family and fulfill the wish list," said the league. It will also be offering counseling sessions Nov. 3-6 for affected employees in four coastal cities. The debriefing sessions, conducted by psychologist Charles A. Scott, will be held in Port Arthur, Orange, Clear Lake and Beaumont.
"Credit union employees who have suffered personal loss as a result of Hurricane Ike are encouraged to take advantage of this opportunity share experiences with their peers, who perhaps are going through similar stresses and sense of loss," said Richard Grady, vice president of marketing/public relations and communications for the league.