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<p>Pacific Service CU, Walnut Creek, Calif., has donated $2,500 to sponsor the Fresno Juvenile Diabetes Walk to Cure Diabetes. Staff members also participated in the walk. Approximately 16 million Americans suffer from diabetes and its complications, which include heart disease, stroke, blindness, kidney failure, loss of nerve function and amputation. Payment Systems for Credit Unions, Inc., St. Petersburg, Fla., has donated its resources to help 160 children learn about the credit and debit card industry during the fifth annual “Bring your Children to Work Day”. The children, ages 7 to 12, participated in activities ranging from a “dispute resolution obstacle course” to learn how to deal with customer disputes and a “Safari Scavenger Hunt” to “shopping” at the PSCU Mall with “Debbie Debit Card” and a Jeopardy-style game show that instructed the children about the role PSCU plays in the financial services world. The children finished off their day by pairing with Mom or Dad to learn about what their parent does at PSCU. Financial Resources Federal Credit Union, Bridgewater, N.J., has raised $25,000 during its ninth annual Golf Classic to benefit the Jersey Shore Medical Center’s Pediatric Intensive Care Unit based in Neptune, NJ. The Jersey Shore Pediatric Intensive Care Unit cares for children while helping their families cope with their child’s physical needs and recuperation. Dr. Charles Dadzie, of the ICU, attended the event on behalf of the Medical Center. Several local credit unions and companies that supply products and services to credit unions in New Jersey were supporters of this event as were Financial Resources members, friends and associates. Heritage Credit Union, Austin, Texas, has co-sponsored the 2001 Kids Classic, which raised over $215,000 for the Children’s Hospital of Austin. Organized by the Austin Chapter of Credit Unions, Maxwell Automotive, River Place Country Club, and Children’s Hospital Foundation, the seventh-annual Kids Classic Golf Tournament was hosted by legendary professional golfer Tom Kite. An auction party was held the evening prior to the tournament and included entertainment by country western singer Cory Morrow, and special guests Christy and Tom Kite. Over 100 auction items were assembled for the crowd of 275 guests. The next day, in addition to an 18-hole tournament, the 265 golfers were treated to a golf clinic lead by professional golfer Tom Kite and team pictures with the golfer. The top three teams were awarded Continental Airline tickets, Titleist irons, and Titleist woods. Heartland Credit Union, Madison, Wis., has donated $2,200 to Camp Heartland, a camping and outreach program for kids affected by HIV or AIDS. Working together with the Madison Blues Festival the credit union organized an auction of 20 backstage passes on its Web site for headliner Jonny Lang. Winning bidder had a chance to “Hang with Jonny Lang” before his performance. Rogue Federal Credit Union, Medford, Ore., has raised over $15,801 for the American Heart Association. One hundred RFCU walkers took to the streets of Medford in memory of Patti Bills, a local woman who was a very active business person and community member. Proceeds from the event will fund research projects focusing on the prevention and treatment of heart disease and stroke. The credit union received awards for the “Top Producer”, “Gold Sponsor” and “Top Producing Team” and “Top Financial Institution”. School Employees Lorain County Credit Union, Elyria, Ohio, has raised $915 for the Elyria Salvation Army’s “Back to School Shoe Voucher Program.” Each year the Elyria Salvation Army sponsors a program that provides $25 shoe vouchers to area children in need. A total of $10,000 was raised this year. SELCO Credit Union, Eugene, Ore., has donated more than $26,000 to school projects in Lane and Deschutes Counties. In its seventh year the SELCO CU Mini-Grants program accepts request for educators for up to $250 each. This year’s funded projects include Jovial Juggling for a physical education class; a noise pollution awareness project for children with disabilities; and violence prevention workbooks for an elementary school In addition the Social Responsibility Committee has donated $300 to Mt. Vernon Elementary for school uniform scholarships and $100 to the Mapleton Education Association for a fundraising auction. OmniAmerican Credit Union, Fort Worth, Texas, has collected over 1,000 used cellular telephones to benefit the national “Call to Protect” campaign. The campaign was designed to collect and refurbish old wireless phones and distribute them to victims in need. All 12 OmniAmerican CU branches participated in the program. Capital Communications Federal Credit Union, Albany, N.Y., has raised over $47,675 for the American Cancer Society. This was CCFCU’s seventh year as a corporate sponsor. Some of the fundraising efforts this year included bake sales, garage sales, donation boxes, candy sales and employee silent auctions. Electro Savings Credit Union, St. Louis, Mo., has raised over $350 for the St. Louis Children’s Charities. ESCU employees were up at the crack of dawn, selling newspapers to raise money for the charity. In addition, employees donated $5 to wear blue jeans to work. USA Federal Credit Union, Troy, Mich., has donated $5,000 to the Poverty and Social Reform Institute of Detroit. The donation was made to help the Leaps and Bounds Child/Parent Centers. The program helps children by providing developmental education, therapeutic services and access to health care. Parents also receive education and individual services designed to aid them in employment searches, welfare to work transitions, drug and alcohol recovery and homeless prevention.</p>

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