The $5.2 billion, 545,000-member Suncoast Schools FCU has openedits 52nd and 53rd branches, the Tampa, Fla.,credit union said.

A grand opening will be held Friday at its 52ndbranch, in Chiefland, Fla., with live music, food and a chance atthe “money machine” for 90 seconds and a grab for cash in exchangefor 10 non-perishable food items. Drawings for two iPads also willbe held, Suncoast Schools said.

“Research and trends tell us that credit unions are playing anincreasingly important role in the lives of consumers. Opening ournew branch in Chiefland serves to meet the needs of new andexisting members in this community,” said Tom Dorety, president/CEOof Florida's largest credit union.

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