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<p>Nassau Educators Federal Credit Union, Valley Stream, N.Y., has raised $10,400 for the New York Police and Fire Widows’ and Children’s Benefit Fund. Funds were raised through an auto loan promotion, which donated $25 to World Trade Center disaster relief for each new car loan. The New York Police and Fire Widows’ and Children’s Benefit Fund is a non-profit organization that assists the families of fallen New York City firefighters and police officers. Established in 1985 by former Mets power-hitter Daniel J. Staub, the fund has distributed over $7.3 million to help families defray education, housing, and medical expenses. Point Loma Credit Union, San Diego, Calif., has raised $5,858 for Children’s Hospital and Health Center of San Diego. Each PLCU branch and the Information Center sold holiday stocking cutouts for $1.00 each. All proceeds from the campaign went directly to Children’s Hospital to help fund research and treatment of sick and injured children. Each year, Children’s Hospital and Health Center helps make miracles come true for sick children. Wisconsin Credit Union League, Pewaukee, has announced that over $227,000 from 330 Wisconsin credit unions will be part of a check presentation on the annually televised Miracle Celebration, the national TV broadcast for the Children’s Miracle Network. The funds are the result of a full year of fundraising for Children’s Miracle Network by Wisconsin credit unions – the most ever raised by the non-profit, member-owned financial institutions. About half of the total was raised in February during the Chain of Hearts program, which asks credit union members to buy pink links in the name of loved ones during the Valentine season. Countless other fundraisers, like bake sales and cookouts, accounted for the rest. The Children’s Miracle Network, supports 170 not-for-profit hospitals nationwide and treat children regardless of their families’ ability to pay. The broadcast airs on local Wisconsin stations June 1 and June 2. Clarke American Checks, Inc., a security check printer, has raised $237,106 to benefit the September 11th Fund. Clarke American pledged to donate $1 from each Pride in America check order and $.50 from each Pride in America label and checkbook cover order to the September 11th Fund. The Pride in America check features a waving full-color American flag. Twenty-four hours after the events of September 11th, orders for the Pride in America check had increased 100%; after one week orders jumped up 400%. The September 11th Fund was established by the United Way Association, the New York Community Trust and the Council on Foundations to meet the immediate and longer-term needs of victims, families and communities affected by the terrorist attacks. In April 2002, Clarke American will introduce a new cause-related check and return address label design, with proceeds benefiting various disaster relief funds throughout the United States.</p>

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