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CUs root for their World Series teams
HARRISBURG, Pa. and HIGHTSTOWN, N.J. (10/29/09)--Word Series mania has hit Pennsylvania and New York, and one state is caught in the middle--New Jersey. One credit union has embraced this rivalry by creating a World Series-themed fundraiser that will benefit children’s hospitals.
Hamilton Horizons FCU, in Hamilton Township, N.J., has created a fundraising opportunity that embraces the rivalry between its members regarding the World Series, which kicked off Wednesday night in Yankee stadium. For each dollar donated to the Children’s Miracle Network, the credit union will place a baseball under the donator’s favored team--the Philadelphia Phillies or the New York Yankees. (Photo provided by Hamilton Horizons FCU)
Hamilton Horizons FCU, located in Hamilton Township, N.J.--which is in the middle of New York and Pennsylvania--has created a fundraiser that will run throughout the series. For each dollar a member donates to Children’s Miracle Network, the credit union will place a red Philadelphia Phillies or blue New York Yankees baseball on the wall of the credit union under the team of the donator’s choice. The funds raised will be split evenly between Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia and Children’s Specialized Hospital in Brunswick, N.J. The New Jersey Credit Union League’s 2009 Turnpike World Series predictions indicate that the state’s bets on the series are split. About half--52.2%--said New York will win in six games. Another 21.7% predict New York will win in five. Roughly 8.7% predicted Philadelphia will win in six games, and another 8.7% think the team will win in seven. New York was predicted to win in seven games by 4.3%, and Philadelphia in five by 4.3% (Weekly Update Oct. 28). The series, which kicked off Wednesday night in Yankee Stadium, also has inspired a bet between credit union association CEOs in the teams’ states. Pennsylvania Credit Union Association (PCUA) President/CEO Jim McCormack and New York Credit Union Association President/CEO Bill Mellin have bet placed on the winning team that will leave one of them wearing either blue or red pinstripes. The loser will wear the color of the winning team at the Credit Union National Association’s Governmental Affairs Conference in February (Life is a Highway Oct. 28).


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