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* PHOENIX (2/6/08)--Arizona State CU raised $15,500 in its Super Bowl ticket auction over the radio station KTAR last weekend and sent a local Phoenix man to the event. The proceeds benefit the Phoenix Children's Hospital. The tickets received 40 bids, some from other credit unions. The winning bid of $15,000 is being donated to the 1 Darn Cool School program, which continues educational needs of hospitalized patients. Each year Arizona's credit unions raise money for the school through the Credit Unions for Kids program. "We are very happy to learn that this great Super Bowl packate has served to raise money for the Children's Miracle Network," said David E. Doss, president/CEO of the $1.18 billion asset credit union … * LAKEVILLE, Minn. (2/6/08)--Minnesota credit unions supported Dakota and Scott counties' fight against domestic violence by sponsoring the Community Action Council's Domestic Abuse Awareness Luncheon Jan. 18. The Minnesota Network Advertising Program (MNAP) sponsored the event on behalf of the state's 162 credit unions--the second year the 23-year-old event has been sponsored by credit unions. Keynote speaker Victor Rivers (shown here), actor and spokesperson for the National Network to End Domestic Violence, shared his story of growing up in an abusive home. Rivers acted in the Mask of Zorro, Blood In/Blood Out and The Distinguished Gentleman. MNAP Committee Chair is Marty Kelly of US FCU, Burnside, Minn. MNAP is a subcommittee of the Minnesota Credit Union Network board and is voluntarily funded to promote credit unions' uniqueness through cooperative advertising. (Photo provided by the Minnesota Credit Union Network) … * LATHRUP VILLAGE, Mich. (2/6/08)--Michigan First CU President/CEO Michael Poulos displays the 2007 Generation Next Award presented the credit union by the Michigan Credit Union League at a recent Metro West Chapter luncheon. The award recognizes the $475.9 million asset credit union's achievement in "outstanding contributions to the credit union youth movement" and in "effectively bridging the gap for the next generation of credit union members." The credit union's student-run branch program has grown to 10 elementary and middle schools, and it plans to add 10 more schools in 2008. Its MoneyKids and MoneyTeen programs encourage youth to save and teach financial responsibility. It also provides scholarship programs and works with many community youth initiatives. (Photo provided by the Michigan First CU) … * BALTIMORE, Md. (2/6/08)--Bill Derry, former CEO, of Washington, D.C.-based Transportation FCU, died Jan. 18, according to the Maryland and District of Columbia Credit Union Association (MDDCCUA)(FOCUS Newsletter Feb. 4). During the 1970s, Derry served as chairman of the D.C. Credit Union League. He is survived by his wife, Pat. The funeral was in Florida, said MDDCCUA … * EASTPOINTE, Mich. (2/6/08)--Loren McDonald, former CEO of East Detroit Schools CU (now Eastpointe Community CU), died Jan. 27 at the age of 79, according to the Michigan Credit Union League (Michigan Monitor Feb. 4). He served as CEO from June 1983 to November 1993. McDonald also served as a former CEO of a small Catholic credit union and as loan supervisor at Burroughs FCU (now USA CU). He is survived by his wife, Rose; two daughters, one son, six grandchildren and two sisters. Private family services have already been conducted …


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