There was more friendly credit union "wagering" Friday on the Pittsburgh Steelers-Green Bay Packers Super Bowl. But staffer at the $470 million Pioneer CU of Green Bay declined to participate, taking pot shots "at those who have to endure living n Pittsburgh and so we don't want to take their money."
Both foundations of the Wisconsin and Pennsylvania CU leagues along with individual CUs in the two states-except Pioneer-have now joined in the Super Bowl "wagering" fun with hundreds in contributions directed to hospitals and local charities depending on which team wins.
"I'd say those folks in Green Bay are simply afraid their team will lose and so they don't want to put up the money," boasted Ray Brunner, chairman of the Pennsylvania Credit Union Association and president/CEO of the $165 million West-Aircomm FCU of Beaver in touting a Steelers victory and a $50 charity pledge.
Brunner's forecast: "Steelers win by (delete in) 31-27 and quarterback Ben Roethlisberger will put over the last touchdown in the last two minutes."
Joseph Slattery, vice president of marketing at Pioneer, Green Bay's largest, joked that while his CU has long been active in charity donations with Packer ventures, including $160,000 this year from a parking deal on home games, management has forgone wager participation on the big Sunday game since "it is unfair to Pittsburgh fans."
"Those people can't help themselves. Why take their money? Money can't help when you live in Pittsburgh."