Eight credit unions win 12 Dora Maxwell, Louise Herring and Alphonse Dejardins awards.
T-shirt, bake and community yard sales, along with raffles and a chili contest.
With a diverse mix of college students, state government employees and natives who commute from neighboring smaller towns, Tallahassee, Fla., may be ripe for a new financial services alternative.
It took a home purchase for Karen Rubin to get focused on making a budget and balancing a checkbook on a quest to become more financially savvy.
Karen Rubin, a single mother of three, reduced her debt by $4,500, increased her savings by more than $30,000 and boosted her credit score from 662 to 758 to win $10,000 in a Florida Commerce Credit Union financial fitness contest.