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Public Rocks Out to Spank Free Banking
Thursday, November 6, 2014 6:55 AM

The oldest credit union in Texas, Unity One Credit Union, established in 1927, ran a Spank Free Awareness campaign encouraging the public to stop getting spanked by banks. Catchy advertising on their website says:  "At Unity One Credit Union, we believe you should be treated like a neighbor, not an account number. Don't get spanked by excessive fees and high pressure. Stand up for better."

When the "slap-happy Spank Free Banking" campaign came to an end on Oct. 24, Unity One celebrated by sponsoring the annual Boo Bash for it's local Northpark YMCA. The event, which featured a battle-of-the-bands contest, free food, and carnival games, was attended by nearly 1,500 area residents.

The highlight of the event, the battle-of-the-bands competition, featured local artists chosen by the public on Facebook. "Incorporating the public in the decision-making process was crucial to the success of the competition," said Unity One VP Marketing Erayne Hill.

Interested bands were encouraged to apply online through a dedicated landing page on Unity One's website. Those applications were then transferred to a Facebook album where the public could listen to the music and cast their votes. Many bands entered, but only three were selected to play the night of the event.

The winning band, Zero Gravity, was comprised of youth ages 10-14 who received a total cash prize of $500. "We are going to hit the recording studio with our winnings," said Reese Hyatt, singer and keyboardist.

"Boo Bash was our ultimate random act of kindness and a great way to end our Spank Free Banking campaign. Unity One is proud to have partnered with the Northpark YMCA for this grand finale event," said Hill.

While this year's campaign may be over, Spank Free Banking at Unity One is not. Employees will continue to encourage the public to stop getting spanked by banks and stand up for better.


Established in 1927, Unity One Credit Union is the oldest credit union in Texas. A member-driven and not-for-profit cooperative, Unity One CU served the employees and families of the BNSF Railway for 70 years. However, after transferring its corporate headquarters to Fort Worth in 1998, the credit union expanded its field of membership to include other non-railroad companies, organizations and individuals. Unity One CU has seven branches to serve over 30,000 members nationwide. For more information about Unity One Credit Union, visit Think outside the bank.