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CUs kick off holiday season with parades
MADISON, Wis. (11/21/07)--While most of America will launch their holiday season by consuming quantities of Thanksgiving turkey and shopping on Black Friday, many credit unions will bring out their float banners and participate in or sponsor holiday parades.
Getting into the spirit, Pagoda FCU participated in the 2007 Reading (Pa.) Holiday Parade for the second consecutive year. Its float was decorated with gifts, waving elves and banners wishing the community, "Happy Holidays." Pagoda's penguin mascot debuted at the parade. Staffers distributed 2,000 goodie bags to parade attendees. (Photo provided by Pagoda FCU)
For example, the 55th annual Nashville (Tenn.) Christmas Parade will be presented again this year by Southeast Financial FCU. The parade will be at 7 p.m. Dec. 7. This is the third year the $311 million asset credit union is the presenting sponsor. "It has always been a great event for Nashville, and our experience over the past two years has been so good that we were excited to have the opportunity to be involved again this year," said John Simmons, president/ CEO (PR Newswire via Nov. 19). Here's a sampling of other credit unions participating in holiday parades.
* Manitowoc, Wis.: In the 19th annual Thanksgiving Eve traditional parade, RiverWood Maritime CU, a $24 million asset credit union in Two Rivers, will sponsor honorary parade marshal Dick Weber riding in a Cinderella-type carriage drawn by the Clydesdales of Keyes' Gentle Giants (Manitowoc Herald Times Reporter Nov. 14). * Monroe, Mich.: In Monroe's Holiday Parade last week, 11,000 to 12,000 people saw Jon Amazeen, head teller at the $107 million asset Monroe County Community CU, marching in a mask, dressed in green and white, and carrying a round shield. He was one of five Super Savers who waved and saluted the crowd (Monroe News Nov. 19). * Royal Oak, Mich.: Our Credit Union presented the Anchor Bay Marching Band during Downtown Royal Oak's Sixth Annual Holiday Magic Parade on Saturday. The $134 million asset credit union also helped provide treats at Santa's First Stop in metro Detroit. * Fremont, Ohio: Fremont FCU, a $118 million asset credit union, has offered its parking lot to Santa and his reindeer for photo sessions with Santa this week. The community will have its 17th annual Festival of Lights Parade downtown on Saturday (News-Messenger Nov. 16). * Harrisburg, Pa.: More than 50 employees of Pennsylvania State Employees CU and their families participated in the Harrisburg Holiday Parade Saturday. The $2.8 billion asset credit union sponsored a "Joy of Giving" float dedicated to the Interfaith Shelter for Homeless Families and The Central Pennsylvania Food Bank. Also, employees escorted Bear in the Big Blue House, a giant balloon float. The parade will be broadcast locally on Thanksgiving Day. This was the credit union's fourth year participating in the event (Life is a Highway Nov. 20). * Wilkes-Barre, Pa: Cross Valley FCU, which has $117 million assets, Saturday brought a company van, a float and a rented flatbed that carried a fictitious four-piece winter Christmas band for the city's annual parade held Saturday. "We're really excited to be part of this community and thrilled to have the opportunity to be a part of such a parade as this," Colleen Phillips, vice president of marketing, told the Times Leader Nov. 18).


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