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Cornerstone Chapters Raise Money for the PACs
Friday, October 30, 2015 6:50 AM

All around the Cornerstone region, chapters were busy taking advantage of the buzz surrounding International Credit Union Day and celebrating not only credit unions, but their political action committees through a variety of fundraising events with their communities.


The Central Arkansas chapter held a fish fry and casino night on ICU Day. The chapter raised approximately $1,200 for the PACs.

Many credit unions donated their time and money toward making the event a success. Credit union vendors sponsored the event, including CUNA Mutual, Credit Union Resources, and CU Members Mortgage, to name a few.


Fort Worth Chili CookoffThe Fort Worth Chapter of Credit Unions sponsored a golf tournament on Oct. 27, and raised more than $3,000 in mulligan sales. This is in addition to approximately $900 previously raised at their Oct. 15, ICU Day, chili cook-off and bake sale. 

The wrap-up of the chili cook-off shows the chapter raised $885 via the $1 chili votes for 13 competing batches of chili, as well as a small cake auction. Also, the chapter raised $345 for school parties for Webb and Rosen Elementary Schools in the Fort Worth area.

Blind judges for the chili cook-off were LaShaunte Kykes, Fort Worth City CU; Greg Roberson, Cornerstone Credit Union League; Mark Johnson, NuSource Financial; and Mike Kohl, CUNA Mutual Group. The Blind Judges Choice Award went to Sescili Ramirez from Fort Worth City Credit Union. Winners of the People’s Choice Awards went to:

  • 1st Place: Brian Bassett, “Smoke N’ Embers” chili (Basset's wife works at Allied FCU)
  • 2nd Place: Ben Merritt, “Ring of Fire” chili (Merritt's father is Allied FCU's CEO Jim Merritt)
  • 3rd Place: Sandra Williams, “Gotta Love Chili” (works at Unity One CU)

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Houston Chapter Fundraiser
Cornerstone's Gretchen Ziegler with Houston Highway CEO Craig Atkinson and Cy-Fair's former CEO Debbie Blackshear.

The Houston Chapter of Credit Unions held its annual cake auction on Oct. 20, to benefit the PAC in salute to ICU Day; and total dollars raised came to $13,050—an amount which surpassed the previous year’s proceeds by more than $3,000.

The annual cake auction is one of many efforts the Houston Chapter of Credit Unions sponsors to support their community and enhance the quality of life in the Greater Houston Area. The Houston Chapter of Credit Unions, comprised of more than 100 credit unions in the metropolitan area, provides a collaborative environment for credit union professionals and volunteers to receive education and leadership development, and to grow credit union community influence.


The Pineywoods Chapter of Credit Unions held their annual ICU Day PAC fundraiser on Oct. 20. Highlighted activities included a silent auction, led by auctioneer and chapter president Jonathan Matthews who is also CEO of Southland FCU. Also at the event was the annual bake sale, including about 25 homemade cakes and breads.

Between the chapter's eight credit unions, the event captured more than $1,700 in donations, which was $200 more than the previous year. Around 70 people attended, including credit union staff and vendors.

"The Central Arkansas, Fort Worth, Houston, and Pineywoods chapters have consistently shown enthusiastic support and unwavering commitment to our PACs through special occasions such as these," said Cornerstone Credit Union League VP Political Affairs Gretchen Ziegler. "Together, these credit unions donated nearly $20,000 to the PACs, which ensure the credit union movement remains a powerful force in the states and in Washington, DC. Our deepest thanks go out to all those who organized these events, and those who contributed their time and money to ensuring their success."