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Security Service Federal Credit Union, San Antonio, recently donated $16,229.35 to The Children’s Shelter of San Antonio. The money was raised through a month-long fundraiser where SSFCU Texas service centers sold popcorn and candy, held raffles, and had bake sales. The funds will be used to support programs for children in the San Antonio area and nurture children who have been abused, abandoned and neglected and are now receiving care from The Children’s Shelter. Taking part in a long-standing tradition, 14 Consumers Credit Union employees, Waukegan, Ill., put on their walking shoes and togas to raise money for cancer research. The American Cancer Society’s Greater Waukegan Relay for Life was held at Bevier Park in Waukegan. CCU’s dedicated walkers braved the rain until early morning, raising an impressive $4,626.50–and the CU added a 50% match to that amount. Top performers included Team Captain Judy Dziedzic, who raised $550, including the credit union match; former CCU President Bill Reidel came in second, raising $480, and Sarah Faulkner, counter service representative in Round Lake Beach, raised $442.50. The top three fundraisers received American Express Gift Cheques as thanks for a job well done. Altura Credit Union, Riverside, Calif., helped promote fitness among area high school students by offering $1,000 to the local high school that enrolled the most students in California Gov. Schwarzenegger’s fitness effort, called the Governor’s Fitness Challenge. Elsinore High School was awarded the $1,000 for recruiting more than 400 students to participate in the program. The donated funds will be used to purchase fitness equipment for the school. People’s Trust Federal Credit Union, Houston, recently set an attendance record for the number of participants attending a National Endowment for Financial Education workshop in 2006. Courtney Nichols, assistant director of the Texas Credit Union Foundation, instructed participants in teaching financial literacy to elementary, high school, college students, adults and senior citizens. Linda Birt, community outreach director of the CU, presented Damitra Myles of the Downtown YMCA Residential Services with $1,500 for the purchase of a new computer for the residential center. While teaching financial literacy to residents at the YMCA, Birt became aware of a critical need for residents to be able to upgrade their job skills for today’s market. People’s Trust is proud to teach financial literacy at the Downtown Houston YMCA and give back to the community. The Texas Credit Union Foundation sponsored the NEFE “Train the Trainer” workshop for credit union employees, educators and community partners. People’s Credit Union, Middletown, R.I., recently sponsored Emily Dyer in the Rhode Island Credit Union League’s scholarship program and she received a $500 scholarship from the league. Dyer was selected from hundreds of applicants submitted by credit unions throughout Rhode Island. Applications were evaluated on a variety of criteria including the student’s academic performance, financial need, extracurricular activities and the quality and content of an essay that addressed the applicant’s intended major field of study and career goals. Dyer will continue her education at Syracuse University in the fall. DCU for Kids, the charitable foundation of Digital Federal Credit Union, Marlborough, Mass., held two fundraising events recently that raised a record $270,000 for the Boomer Esiason Foundation. The first fundraising event, “An Evening with Boomer,” was held at the DCU Center where the veteran quarterback of 14 years with the Cincinnati Bengals, New York Jets, and Arizona Cardinals and television and radio commentator gave a heartfelt commentary about the fight against cystic fibrosis. Accompanying his dad was 14 year old Gunner Esiason, who was diagnosed at age two with cystic fibrosis. The other fundraising event was the 7th Annual Charity Golf Tournament held at Wedgwood Pines Country Club in Stow. Over 132 golfers participated in the event along with many major sponsors including: Digital Insight, XP Systems, Fidelity National Information Services, Clarke American, CO-OP Network, Lending Solutions Inc., Eascorp, NES Group, Pro-Teck Services and OUTBACK Steakhouse to name a few. Boomer again addressed the crowd with his son and applauded everyone there for helping in the fight against cystic fibrosis. Arkansas Federal Credit Union, Jacksonville, Ark., recently announced the winners of its annual $1,000 college scholarship program. The winners were Christopher Clinton, Russell Dorsey III and La’Shonda Nowden. Each year AFCU awards $1,000 college scholarships to honor and assist well-rounded and academically talented students in the state of Arkansas as they further their education and prepare for the challenging careers that lie ahead. MaPS Credit Union, Salem, Ore., recently named the recipients of its 2006 scholarship awards. Maria E. Rosas Bautista received a MaPS Business Partner Scholarship of $1,500; Paige L. Morton received a MaPS Credit Union Scholarship of $1,000; and Ezekiel S. Earl received a MaPS Credit Union Scholarship of $1,000. Nutmeg State Federal Credit Union, Rocky Hill, Conn., announced the Arthur E. Werner Memorial Scholarship winners for 2006. This year, four $2,000 scholarships were awarded. Recipients were Molly White, James Flannery, Robert Smith and Victoria Woronecki.

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