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Minnesota CUs hit soldiers home fundraiser goal early
ST. PAUL, Minn. (8/12/08)--Nearly a month ahead of the projected timeline, Minnesota's credit unions have surpassed their $150,000 fundraising goal for financing the building of a home for an injured Iraq war veteran.
Click to view larger image Minnesota credit unions reached their $150,000 fundraising goal to build a home for Sgt. Marcus Kuboy in Woodbury, Minn. Shown at the home are, from left: Pat Brekken, chair of Minnesota's Home For Our Troops fundraising committee; Kristi Mukomela, chair of the Minnesota Credit Union Foundation; and Peter Skaalen, executive vice president of Minnesota Credit Union Network. (Photo provided by the Minnesota Credit Union Network)
Working with Homes for Our Troops, credit unions in Minnesota and across the country raised funds to build two specially-adapted homes in St. Paul and Denver, the sites of the 2008 Republican and Democratic National Conventions, respectively. Roughly $300,000 is needed to finance the building of both homes. More than 40 Minnesota credit unions participated in fundraisers, with contributions from credit unions, their members, the Minnesota Credit Union Network (MnCUN), several state partners and organizations, and other credit unions nationwide. "The outpouring of support for this initiative is symbolic of the way our credit unions support the military and thank them for the defense of our country," said Mark D. Cummins, president/CEO of MnCUN. The home is for Sgt. Marcus Kuboy, a Minnesota native who served three years' active duty with the Minnesota National Guard. He sustained serious injuries in March 2007 when an improvised explosive device exploded under his vehicle. Homes for Our Troops, a non-profit organization, builds homes around the country for American soldiers who return home from war with serious injuries and disabilities. The organization works with local contractors to build the specially adapted homes at no cost to the soldiers or their families. Credit unions around the country are committed to giving something back to the communities that host the national conventions. Homes for Our Troops is working closely with the Credit Union National Association, the Republican National Convention and the Democratic National Convention Committee. The Republican National Convention will be Sept. 1-4 in St. Paul. The Democratic National Convention will take place in Denver Aug. 25-28. The deeding ceremonies for the homes will take place during the conventions.
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