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A customer receives breakfast and a Pelican State Credit Union flier from a Butter Krisp Diner staff member in Covington, La. The $524 million, Baton Rouge, La.-based Pelican State CU hosted a surprise “Pelican Pays it Forward” takeover at Butter Krisp Diner on Dec. 14. To show its appreciation for the Covington community, the credit union paid for $2,000 worth of breakfast for guests who visited the restaurant located at 1105 Business 190 in Covington from 6:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m. The event was a complete surprise, as customers did not find out that their breakfast was going to be free until after they placed their order. Instead of receiving their bill, each customer was given a flier from the Butter Krisp Diner staff informing them that their breakfast had been paid for. The flier also highlighted Pelican’s Covington branch as well as all the benefits that come with being a Pelican member.

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Natasha Chilingerian

Natasha Chilingerian has been immersed in the credit union industry for over a decade. She first joined CU Times in 2011 as a freelance writer, and following a two-year hiatus from 2013-2015, during which time she served as a communications specialist for Xceed Financial Credit Union (now Kinecta Federal Credit Union), she re-joined the CU Times team full-time as managing editor. She was promoted to executive editor in 2019. In the earlier days of her career, Chilingerian focused on news and lifestyle journalism, serving as a writer and editor for numerous regional publications in Oregon, Louisiana, South Carolina and the San Francisco Bay Area. In addition, she holds experience in marketing copywriting for companies in the finance and technology space. At CU Times, she covers People and Community news, cybersecurity, fintech partnerships, marketing, workplace culture, leadership, DEI, branch strategies, digital banking and more. She currently works remotely and splits her time between Southern California and Portland, Ore.

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