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State Employees Credit Union, Lansing, Mich., has raised a record-breaking $29,430 for the Capital Area United Way. From pledges and donations to special employee events SECU staffers found creative ways to raise money. In addition the SECU Intranet was used to offer entertainment and encourage staff participation in various United Way Campaign events. Synergy One Federal Credit Union, Manassas, Va., has raised $29,030.12 for the American Diabetes Association. This marks the credit union’s largest contribution to any organization. Synergy One FCU has been recognized as the top fundraising team in Prince William County, Virginia. Some 51 staffers, members, friends and family participated in events ranging from the “SOFCU All Stars” Walk Team and “Dress Down for Diabetes” Days to branch sales of stars and stuffed bears, and bake sales. Insight Financial Credit Union, Orlando, Fla., has donated 70 computers and monitors to help enrich the technology center at Bonneville Elementary School. Teachers and school administrators were eager to help the Insight Financial staff members unload the two trucks that were filled with computer equipment. Schools Financial Credit Union, Sacramento, Calif., staffers have recently volunteered at the 11th Annual Run to Feed the Hungry water station. Schools Financial CU served as a Bronze sponsor of the event, and volunteers hand delivered water to more than 15,000 runners and walkers. Dollars raised by this event go directly to the Sacramento Food Bank. Gulf Winds Federal Credit Union, Pensacola, Fla., has treated 225 McArthur Elementary School second through fifth grade students to a special showing of “The Polar Express”. In order to participate in this special field trip, students were required to read library books and read books on their independent reading level and score at least 85% accuracy on a computerized test, earning points toward a preset goal. Gulf Winds FCU, a partner with McArthur Elementary School since 2000, provided the funding for student admission. Pen Air Federal Credit Union, Pensacola, Fla., has donated $5,000 to the USO. The funds will be used to replace needed equipment that was destroyed by Hurricane Ivan, which left much of Naval Air Station in disrepair.

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