"We are excited for our members and employees to get involved in the fund raising efforts to support ABC's "Extreme Makeover: Home Edition" show. This is the chance of a lifetime for the Huber family, and we are honored to partner with Builders Commonwealth on making a dream come true," said Affinity Plus FCU President/CEO Kyle L. Markland.
The credit union has teamed up with Duluth, Minn.-based Builders Commonwealth to help raise funds to support the Huber family. While Builders Commonwealth builds the family's new home, Affinity Plus has donation collections sites available at all branch locations and online at via the Website www.extremebuilderscommonwealth.com.
According to Markland, Builders Commonwealth selected Affinity Plus as a partner based on their shared business philosophy that puts people over profits as well as their long-standing relationship.
On Aug 3, the Extreme Makeover team traveled to Douglas County, Wis. to tell Howard and Jessica Huber that they will have a newly rebuilt home in seven days. The service-minded couple value community involvement and were excited to buy a dilapidated farmhouse after they met in hopes they could fix it up within a few years. Although they were struggling financially, Jessica, a nursing student, encouraged her husband to pursue his lifelong dream of being a firefighter. Through long hours of hard work, and as many as five jobs between them, the Hubers were able to both pay off their debt and see Howard established as the most popular and most decorated firefighter in town. Although the Hubers did everything they could to repair the house, it was beyond their ability and Howard feared that the next 911 call he intercepted might be about his own home.
The makeover reveal will air during the reality program's seventh season on ABC.
Peanuts, Cracker Jack and a Wedding Ring:
Candy and Walter Say 'I Do' at the Stadium
One deserving couple exchanged vows at York Revolution baseball stadium in Pennsylvania earlier this month thanks in part to First Capital Credit Union's sponsorship of the third annual wedding night.
First Capital staff watched as Candy Seitz and Walter Reed were wed by their chosen pastor under a white lattice arch set up over home plate. But the unconventional setting wasn't the only unusual aspect of the wedding. It took "22 years and the promise of an outrageous wedding ceremony" for Seitz to accept a proposal from Reed, who because of a genetic condition needs to receive a heart transplant in the next year, according to First Capital Marketing Director Tara Houser.
Houser took the field to present a $50 Visa gift card to the couple, who also enjoyed a limo ride and a reception in a stadium suite.
First Capital decided to sponsor this year's wedding night after its "resounding success" sponsoring last year's event, which took place during one of the most highly attended games of the season, Houser said. The credit union's name and logo was "everywhere," and the bride of the contest-winning couple happened to be a First Capital member service representative. The credit union got a lot of exposure and received positive feedback from people who attended the game or read about it afterwards, Houser said.
This year, First Capital contributed $3,500 towards sponsoring the event and reached attendees through signage, P.A. announcements and a promotional booth, Houser said.
The credit union plans to sponsor York Revolution's wedding night again next year.