Bethpage Investment Strategies, Bethpage, N.Y., was named best financial planner on Long Island by the readers of The Long Island Press. Through INVEST Financial Corp., Bethpage Investment Strategies, a division of Bethpage Federal Credit Union, offers members access to a full menu of financial services, including brokerage and investment services, financial planning, asset management and retirement, estate and college planning capabilities, as well as  life insurance, long-term care and disability insurance strategies.

Clearview Federal Credit Union, Moon Township, Pa., announced that Mary Czemerda is the winner of its fourth annual Joseph C. Cirelli Community Service Award. The award is named in honor of the former president/CEO of Clearview. This award commemorates the efforts of a worthy volunteer with a $2,500 donation to the charity of choice. Czemerda was chosen for her volunteer efforts at Lower Burrell Meals on Wheels, a nonprofit organization dedicated to providing meals for the elderly citizens in the Lower Burrell area each year. Czemerda supervises 102 volunteers, as well as solicits surrounding businesses for donations since approximately 33% of their meals are provided free of charge. Mary is responsible for all the paperwork involved with payment of meals as well as accounting.  She is also credited for taking this charity from a church-based program to a not-for-profit organization by applying for their own 501 (c) (3) designation. In addition to honoring Czemerda for her commitment to community service, Clearview has made a $2,500 donation to the Lower Burrell Meals on Wheels program. This donation will be used to help feed five people for an entire year.

Genisys Credit Union, Auburn Hills, Mich., was selected as the business of the year by the Auburn Hills Chamber of Commerce for its dedication to community outreach programs and successful business practices. Genisys has more than $1.3 billion in assets and is focused on providing its 125,000 members with service through 25 branches and thousands of surcharge-free ATMs. So far this year, Genisys has paid out more than $239 million in consumer loans and increased vehicle loans by 37.5%. Based on opinion polls, Genisys has a 96.8% member satisfaction rate and a 96% employee satisfaction rating. Genisys is also known as a strong community supporter; in 2010, it sponsored over 325 events and volunteered more than 4,000 hours of time in the community. Part of the organization's community outreach includes financial literacy training, both in the classroom and to the over 15,000 members in its three youth clubs. They are focused on teaching financial responsibility at a young age in hopes of giving the youth a $mart $tart and guiding them on the path to financial success.

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