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* DULUTH, Ga. (8/31/11)--The Greater Atlanta Credit Union Chapter of Georgia Credit Union Affiliates raised more than $40,000 for Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals at its Ninth Annual Bowl-A-Thon fundraiser in Decatur, Ga. About 200 bowlers and 15 sponsors participated. “Times are really tough in our economy, but we still managed to raise a considerable amount for CMN Hospitals and are so grateful to have so many loyal sponsors and participants to assist us with having another wonderful year,” said Laura Sterling of Atlanta-based Georgia’s Own CU and co-chair of the bowl-a-thon committee. Funds will support trauma services at Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals. Children’s has the only dedicated Pediatric Trauma Center in Georgia. The hospital provides support to more than 23,000 trauma patients each year. Credit unions have partnered with Children's Miracle Network Hospitals through Credit Unions for Kids since 1996 … * SYRACUSE, N.Y. (8/31/11)--Syracuse, N.Y. -based Empower FCU is offering an online course that assists drivers in reducing points and insurance costs. It now offers the New York State six-hour Point & Insurance Reduction Program course online through Empower Associated Services (EAS), a wholly owned subsidiary of the credit union. Completing the course will allow up to a 10% insurance reduction and may remove up to four points from the driving record of the principal operator of a vehicle. The $926 million asset credit union, through EAS, has offered classroom sessions on the topic since October 2007. While the program helps drivers reduce costs and points, "we also want to help them refresh their knowledge of today's vehicle and traffic laws, and pick up some safety tips," said Greg Knight, insurance manager at EAS. The online option allows drivers to take the six-hour course over a 30-calendar day period, said Burt Phillips, president and chief operating officer of EAS … * POUGHKEEPSIE, N.Y. (8/31/11)--As part of Hudson Valley FCU’s HVFCU@Work program, Marist College will offer a 20% discount on tuition for select graduate and adult undergraduate programs to the work program participants. HVFCU@Work is designed to bring the credit union into workplaces throughout the Poughkeepsie, N.Y. area. The program offers benefits for both the business owner and employees, including financial education seminars, on-site membership enrollment, and free insurance quotes. “Our members, especially those businesses that might not be able to afford their own tuition assistance program, can now provide their employees a great opportunity to further their education at a premier local institution,” said HVFCU President/CEO Mary Madden …


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