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CU surprises pastor with 25K prize
DALLAS (1/13/11)--A surprised Dallas minister started his new year with a special delivery: an oversized $25,000 “check” presented to him by leaders of Neighborhood CU, Dallas, Texas.
Click to view larger image Neighborhood CU, Dallas, surprised The Rev. Mark Walz with a $25,000 check to start the new year. Walz was the winner of the credit union’s Prize Savings Account annual drawing. Pictured from left, Neighborhood CU CEO Chet Kimmell, Walz, and Neighborhood Senior Vice President Carolyn Jordan. (Photo provided by Neighborhood CU)
The Rev. Mark Walz was speechless as $250 million-asset Neighborhood CU CEO Chet Kimmell, accompanied by credit union team members, arrived at Walz’ house early Jan. 4. “This is amazing. Truly amazing,” said Walz, as the news sank in. “When I got the call that you wanted to deliver some kind of prize, I figured it was either a $5 bill or a chance to learn about life insurance. This is an amazing surprise and a wonderful way to start the new year.” The pastor of Unitarian Universalist Church of Oak Cliff, Texas, Walz has been a member of Neighborhood CU since 2004. He and his wife have checking and savings accounts and an auto loan. The credit union drew the name of the 62-year-old winner from among its Prize Savings Account holders. Neighborhood CU’s Prize Savings Account was created to promote and incent good savings habits. The credit union offers prize drawings throughout the year, culminating with the annual $25,000 grand prize.


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