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The $332 million, Billings, Mont.-based Valley Credit Union donated a Ford F-150 to ZooMontana after a break-in and robbery at the zoo. During the late business hours on July 10, an unidentified individual entered ZooMontana, a nonprofit organization in Billings, waiting until after hours to break into and hide in a zoo vehicle. The suspect hotwired the vehicle and made their escape by driving through the zoo’s security gate. This impact disabled the vehicle several miles down the road. The vehicle was damaged beyond repair, causing the loss of a crucial piece of equipment for the zoo. The donated Ford F-150 will allow ZooMontana’s staff to properly and efficiently care for the animals and grounds. Pictured from left to right are Matt Macrow and Brandon Scala of Valley CU, Jessica Hart and Jeff Ewelt of ZooMontana, and Darla Card of Valley CU.


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Natasha Chilingerian

Natasha Chilingerian has worked in the credit union space for over a decade. She joined CU Times as managing editor in 2015 and was promoted to executive editor in 2019. Before that, she served as a communications specialist for Xceed Financial Credit Union (now Kinecta Federal Credit Union) in Los Angeles from 2013-2015, and as a CU Times freelancer from 2011-2013. She has been a professional writer and editor for more than 17 years, specializing in news and lifestyle journalism as well as marketing copywriting for companies in the finance and technology space.

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