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CUNA honors RNC delegates the Tampa way
TAMPA, Fla. (8/30/12)--The Credit Union National Association (CUNA) Wednesday afternoon sponsored an event to honor delegates participating in the Republican National Convention (RNC) being held here this week, and the event highlighted a product for which Tampa is well-known--quality cigars.

Click to view larger imageJoann Sordellini (left), CUNA's director of political affairs and special projects, poses with Arturo Fuente Jr., in a shop of his 100-year-old, family-owned business, Tampa Sweetheart Cigars, after the two discuss final details of a CUNA event to honor RNC delegates, which featured Fuente's product. (CUNA Photo)
Working with Arturo Fuente Jr., the head of a 100-year-old Tampa-based family business--Tampa Sweetheart Cigars, which makes and sells famous cigars, as well as distributes to other cigar shops--CUNA hosted about 300 RNC delegates at a reception.  

The reception was held on the grounds of GTE Financial, a credit union in Tampa.  Fuente is a board member at GTE Financial.

The CUNA reception for delegates also drew RSVPs from almost two dozen Republican members of the U.S. Congress. Their attendance provided a wealth of opportunity for CUNA and state credit union league representatives to represent the credit union movement at this important national political scene and even address legislative priority issues, such as increased member business lending authority and alternate sources of capital for credit unions.

Click to view larger imageTampa Sweethearts Cigar Shop. (CUNA Photo)
Another topic of conversation at the reception was the day's earlier credit union event, in which CUNA, the state league, and credit unions joined with partners to unveil a therapeutic playground for young patients at nearby All Children's Hospital.

There was a ribbon cutting ceremony--at which GOP presidential nominee Mitt Romney's wife, Ann, participated and praised credit union efforts. (See related story: Ann Romney praises CU RNC effort to enrich Tampa community.)


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