AmeriChoice Federal Credit Union, Mechanicsburg, Pa., supported a young member in the 2008 York Arthritis Walk. Americhoice raised $425 for the walk in support of Dakota Boring, age 11. Boring is a AmeriChoice Dollar Dog Kids Club member and participated in the walk for the third year in a row. Boring’s seven-year battle with juvenile rheumatoid arthritis led him to become an advocate for other arthritis sufferers. He was named the 2007 junior volunteer of the year by the Central Pennsylvania Chapter of the Arthritis Foundation and attended the National Arthritis Summit in Washington, where he met Congressman Todd Platts in support of the Arthritis Prevention, Control and Cure Act.

South Division Credit Union, Evergreen Park, Ill., announced that its main branch receptionist Dianne Struglinski organized a collection and fundraising effort to send care packages to American troops serving in Iraq and Afghanistan. For two months, Struglinksi had members drop by a wide variety of useful gifts and monetary donations. She collected everything from Frisbees to face wash, dental floss and fly swatters. She was able to put together four large boxes of items to send oversees.

Advance Financial Credit Union, Schererville, Ind., hosted a trip for its “Better Than 50 Club” to the Chicago Botanic Garden. The trip was open to 49 people for club members and adult family members and friends. The Botanic Gardens features 23 display gardens and three native habitats situation on nine islands surrounded by lakes. The trip included a luxury charter bus, parking, unlimited access to the display gardens, a professional guided tram tour, lunch in a reserved private dining area and a 10% discount in the Garden Shop.

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