Credit Union of Georgia, Woodstock, Ga., sponsored the Kennesaw State University National Collegiate Golf Championship at The Golf Club at Bradshaw Farm last month. Seventy-five students and faculty of KSU participated in the golf tournament. The winners received a paid trip to Las Vegas to attend the National Golf Championship. Credit Union of Georgia donated $850 toward the grand prize. The tournament was given by the Kennesaw State Intramurals program.
Dow Chemical Employees' Credit Union, Midland, Mich., raised $25,147 for United Way of Midland County's 2010 campaign. DCECU employees were offered the opportunity to have their vehicles washed by the CEO and vice presidents if they increased their current pledge or started a new pledge. DCECU increased its contribution to the campaign by 26.5% compared to 2009.
DuTrac Community Credit Union, Dubuque, Iowa, hosted a "Shoes for School" drive, through its youth education and savings program, "The Savasaurus Club," in order to help area children have shoes to wear to school this fall. DuTrac branches collected new and gently used children's shoes and winter boots, of which it received just over 110 pairs. DuTrac staff, along with Sunny the Savasaurus, the Savasaurus Club mascot, distributed shoes to the Big Brothers/Big Sisters at Hillcrest Family Services.
Global Credit Union, Spokane, Wash., announced its 2010 fundraising drive began last month with Global Credit Union and Operation Spokane Heroes volunteers selling "Hero Cards" at the entrance gates to the Spokane Interstate Fair on Military Appreciation Day, kicking off the month-and-a-half long initiative. All Spokane and North Idaho Global Credit Union branches will continue to sell hero cards through October. The cards are displayed with a hero's name, helping to raise money and awareness for the program. Last year's program raised $830.94. Operation Spokane Heroes, an outreach program of Greater Spokane Incorporated, supports men and women in uniform and their families by offering discounted goods and services and helping build morale when families are separated due to deployments. Fundraising for the program is ongoing. Global Credit Union donates the use of its meeting room and auditorium for the group throughout the year.
Great Lakes Credit Union, North Chicago, Ill., will celebrate "Make a Difference Day" by giving $100 to each of five volunteer participants who will use the money to make a difference in the community. The participants will be recognized in a ceremony on Oct. 23, which will also include opportunities for individuals to spontaneously make a difference by registering to become organ donors, obtaining information on giving blood, donating gently used shoes and learning about local volunteer organizations and opportunities.
Grow Financial Credit Union, Tampa, Fla., donated money to refurbish the locker room at Robinson High School. The credit union contributed $3,000 to the more than $7,000 raised by Robinson assistant coach and graduate, Shawn Taylor. The 800-square-foot locker room features 61 freshly painted wooden lockers, each with a personal lock box and nameplate, as well as a new carpet and a flat-screen TV.
PSCU Financial Services, Portland, Ore., oversaw the dedication of the Tom Sargent Safety Center at Doernbecher Children's Hospital in Portland. Sargent recently retired as CEO of First Technology Credit Union in Beaverton, Ore., and has been a long-time supporter of Credit Unions for Kids, a national organization that raises money for Children's Miracle Network hospitals around the country. CUMD is the title sponsor of the Credit Union Cherry Blossom Ten Mile Run in Washington, D.C. The race, held annually in April, raises money for Children Miracle Network affiliated hospitals through Credit Unions for Kids and is the single largest national fundraiser for Credit Unions for Kids. The event also raises awareness in the nation's capital of the importance of America's credit unions.
Southeast Corporate Federal Credit Union, Tallahassee, Fla., together with other local credit unions, participated in this year's Down Syndrome Association of Jacksonville Buddy Walk, which took place this month, at Jacksonville Beach. Staff walked on the "Penelope's Peeps" team in honor of Penelope Magnusson, daughter of Southeast Corporate's sales strategist Gisli Magnusson. The team's goal was $7,500,but it raised more than $11,000. Money raised through the DSAJ, a nonprofit organization, will benefit the 1,500 plus Jacksonville-area individuals with Down Syndrome.