MADISON, Wis. (1/26/11)--Oscar Rivera, who shared his story of becoming a homeowner and small business owner with help from Guadalupe CU in Santa Fe, N.M., is the grand prize winner in the National Credit Union Foundation’s (NCUF) REAL Member Solutions Video Contest. More than 2,700 votes for the five finalists were cast over a two-week period.
Rivera, along with one representative from the credit union and state league, won a free trip to Washington, D.C. As guests of NCUF, Rivera will share the stage at a VIP event held prior to the Wegner Awards Dinner, which will be held during the Credit Union National Association’s Governmental Affairs Conference, Feb. 27 to March 3. Rivera also will receive a savings account deposit of $500. The members featured in the four remaining videos will each receive a savings account deposit of $250. After a call for entries late last year, NCUF narrowed the field from 30 video entries to 10 of the most compelling examples of credit unions in action. Then an external committee representing credit unions and credit union organizations narrowed the field to five. The four additional finalists were:
* Tamika Anderson, who shared how her spending habits, especially relating to her car and home, got back on track thanks to financial consultations and budgeting help from ELGA CU, Burton, Mich.; * Andrew Gaines, who talked about how Lakeside CU in Milwaukee saved him from buying a home he couldn’t afford; * Robin Pharo, who explained how Summit CU in Madison, Wis., put people before profit and granted her a small business loan; and * Saundra Marie Ramirez, who discussed how SchoolsFirst CU in Santa Ana, Calif., has helped her repeatedly with honest financial advice and support.