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Oklahoma Credit Union League, Tulsa, has raised $2,500 during the 7th Annual Credit Union For Kids Softball Tournament. Credit unions competed for the coveted “Traveling Trophy”. The First Place honors went to Tinker FCU, Second Place winners were FAA CU and Third Place went to Municipal Employees CU. The “Spirit Award” went to Tinker FCU. Oklahoma Credit Unions raised $155,000 in their previous year’s fundraising and the success of the annual softball tournament is just one of the many ways in which they reach their goal each year. Connecticut Credit Union Association, Wallingford, has announced that credit unions here have donated over 300 suitcases and duffle bags in less than two weeks for the “Suitcases for Kids” Program sponsored by the state’s Child Advocate Department and the Foster Care Program. The luggage items will be distributed to children in the foster care program. The Telephone Credit Union, Inc., Cleveland, Ohio has raised $655 for the “Tommy Fund”. TCU employees and family members enjoyed an evening of “Cosmic Bowling”. Those that did not bowl were invited to be “official hecklers”. Tommy, age 8, visits a clinic in Mielno, Poland to receive cutting-edge cerebral palsy treatments. TCU has assisted Tommy and his family for three years and has raised over $17,000. Service Plus Credit Union, Riverside, Calif., has partnered with the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation to kick off the Sneaker Sales Program. Credit union members generously gave to the JDRF through the sales of paper sneakers and direct donations. All funds raised will be used to help further the research of Diabetes. Community Choice Credit Union, Livonia, Mich., employees have donated their time to raise money for the American Cancer Society by walking or running in the Relay for Life. Some 40 staffers participated in the 24-hour fundraiser. The team raised $7,600 and the total funds raised in the Relay totaled $60,934. Leominster Credit Union, Mass., has donated $20,798 in gifts to five local communities to help mark 50 years of the credit union’s existence. The gifts were earmarked for specific equipment or programs in those communities. The recipients included the following: Leominster Fire Department-$3,858 for a stretcher for the Fire Department ambulance; Sterling Police Department-$4,940 for a granite sign for the Police Station; Clinton Public Schools-$4,000 for a sound system; Gale Free Library, Holden-$4,000 for early childhood programs; and Worcester Parks & Recreation Department-$4,000 for playground equipment.

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