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Indiana CU reps host July events for congressman
EVANSVILLE and TERRE HAUTE, Ind. (8/6/08)--Two events were hosted by representatives of a credit union in Indiana's eighth district for U.S. Rep. Brad Ellsworth (D-Ind.) last month. On July 12, Evansville Teachers FCU (ETFCU) CEO Mike Phipps and his wife Amy hosted a successful fundraiser at their home. Mike Phipps is a member of the Indiana League Governmental Affairs Committee.
Click to view larger image Attendees at an event for U.S. Rep Brad Ellsworth (D-Ind.) and hosted by Mike and Amy Phipps of Evansville (Ind.) Teachers FCU, included, from left: Indiana Credit Union League President John McKenzie; Mike Phipps; league Vice Chairman George McNichols, Hoosier Hills FCU; Rep. Ellsworth; Mike Sills, Evansville FCU; ICUPAC Trustee Steve Kuebler, ETFCU; and league Vice President Governmental Affairs Chris Beaumont. (Photo provided by the Indiana Credit Union League)
The event raised $10,430, making it one of the largest campaign fundraising events ever hosted for an Indiana candidate for the House at a credit union CEO's home, said the Indiana Credit Union League. The event was attended almost exclusively by credit union representatives from Evansville. There were 55 contributors from ETFCU. Also attending from other areas of the state were George McNichols, CEO of Hoosier Hills CU and chairman of the league's Governmental Affairs Committee; committee member Don Weaver of Indiana University CU; league President John McKenzie; and Chris Beaumont, league vice president of governmental affairs. Ellsworth, who attended a similar event at the Phipps' home in 2006, told those attending he appreciates credit unions' help and told of how he is trying to work across the political aisle to solve the many difficult issues facing Congress. "We want to do all that we can to be sure that he knows how much we appreciate his support," said McKenzie. "Mike, Amy, and others have done a terrific job in building the foundation for this strong relationship between credit unions, Congressman Ellsworth and his campaign." A second event was so-hosted by ETFCU Vice President Kim Shirk and her parents at their home in Terre Haute. The July 19 event raised $3,000 toward Ellsworth's campaign. Shirk's father, Paul Fulford, was a long-time board member of Indianapolis-based Hoosier Farm Bureau CU.


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