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* CARTHAGE, Mo. (5/13/10)--An employee's pickup truck caught fire in the parking lot of Great Plains CU's Carthage, Mo., branch at about 8 a.m. Tuesday. Employee Kelly McCoy had just arrived to work 10 minutes earlier in the 2001, three-quarter ton truck. The truck was engulfed in flames, and a front left tire exploded as firefighters approached, but no one was injured. Firefighters pried open the hood and sprayed water on the engine. They said the damage was too severe to tell what caused the fire but that it started in the engine. The truck was a total loss ( May 11) ... * VANCOUVER, Wash., and ONTARIO, Calif. (5/13/10)--The 2010 Oregon and Washington Credit Unions for Kids Wine Auction raised more than $135,000 for children's hospitals in the Children's Miracle Network. "Our goal was $125,000, and frankly we weren't sure we could achieve that this year," said Roger Michaelis, CEO of Vancouver, Wash.-based iQ CU, the event's main sponsor. The event attracted 150 attendees, with Michaelis and Sarah Canepa Bang, president/CEO of Financial Service Centers Cooperative Inc., serving as co-hosts. Over the years, the auction has raised more than $1 million. Other sponsors were: Co-Op Financial Services, Southwest Corporate CU, Columbia CU, CUNA Mutual, BECU, OnPoint Community CU and Allied Solutions. The national Credit Unions for Kids program originated in Oregon, Southwest Washington and Texas and raises funds for 170 hospitals. The Northwest Wine Auction is one of the program's largest events, with the city of Portland, Ore., as the nation's No. 1 fundraiser for Credit Unions for Kids ... * HANSCOM AFB, Mass. (5/13/10)--Hanscom FCU touted its charitable successes during its 56th annual meeting, announcing that its
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biggest contributions for 2009 were checks for $16,892 to Children's Hospital Boston and $10,093 to the Massachusetts Coalition for the Homeless. It noted its support for the military population it serves, including serving as a major sponsor of Hanscom Heroes Homecoming, which honors troops returning from Iraq and Afghanistan. Volunteers also assisted patients at Veterans Hospitals at Jamaica Plain and Brockton and contributed to Homes for Our Troops, which builds specially adapted homes for severely injured military members. Pictured at the check presentation to Children's Hospital Boston is from left, David Sprague, president/CEO, Hanscom FCU; Jane Melchionda, president/CEO of EasCorp; Andy Martin, Children's Hospital patient partner; and Ray Phillips, Hanscom FCU board member. (Photo provided by Hanscom FCU) ...


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