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Sunnyvale Pastor Surprised with $10K from Neighborhood CU
Wednesday, April 20, 2016 6:50 AM

Donald and Pat Ivey
Donald (left) and Pat Ivey (center) of Sunnyvale were surprised with a $10,000 prize by Neighborhood Credit Union’s Carolyn Jordan (right) as a reward for their good savings habits.

Gray skies and steady rain did not dampen the joy Wednesday morning, as Neighborhood Credit Union leaders ventured to the small town of Sunnyvale, east of Dallas, to surprise Donald Ivey and his wife Pat with a $10,000 prize as a reward for their good savings habits. 

“We are very surprised and very excited,” said Mr. Ivey. “We had hoped at some point, we might win something with our Prize Savings Account at Neighborhood Credit Union. It’s like a double hit: saving money and winning a prize for it.”

“When we received the call that we were going to win something, we couldn’t imagine,” said Mrs. Ivey. “People started warning us this was a scam because they didn’t think credit unions really give away prizes.” She admitted with a smile that after receiving the call, she contacted Neighborhood Credit Union to verify Senior Vice President Carolyn Jordan was a real person.

Mr. Ivey, who serves as pastor of Long Creek Baptist Church in Sunnyvale, is a religious saver who is “very frugal,” according to his wife.

“We use the credit union’s online tools to help us keep up with our finances,” explained Mr. Ivey. “We just picked a number and have that same amount of money transferred automatically into our Prize Savings Account every single month.”

The Iveys have been members of Neighborhood Credit Union since 1998. They learned about the credit union from his mother, who also is a member. Their sons are members too.

The Dallas-based credit union drew Donald Ivey’s name from the ranks of its Prize Savings Account holders. Neighborhood Credit Union established the Prize Savings Account in 2008 to encourage people to save more money, at a time when the personal savings rate had dropped to one of the lowest levels in U.S. history. Neighborhood Credit Union awards a variety of prizes throughout the year, including quarterly $10,000 prizes and a $25,000 grand prize at the start of each year. The more a person has saved in his or her Prize Savings Account, the more chances to win a prize.

“The Iveys are great role models for how to be smart savers of money. They consistently pay themselves first,” said Jordan. “We hope others will be inspired during this National Financial Literacy Month to start setting aside money to invest in the future.”

“I tell the people in my congregation that it’s very important to put money aside for the future,” said Ivey. “There will come a day when you will need it.”

See video clips of the surprise delivery to Donald and Pat Ivey.

How the Prize Savings Account works
Neighborhood Credit Union members receive one drawing entry for every $25 monthly average balance in their Prize Savings Accounts. The greater the savings, the greater the chance a member has of winning. Members are eligible for monthly drawings and quarterly $10,000 drawings. At the start of each year, a winner is drawn for the $25,000 grand prize based on the average monthly balance in the savings account at close of business December 31.

About Neighborhood Credit Union
The oldest credit union in Dallas (chartered April 18, 1930), Neighborhood Credit Union is a not-for-profit financial organization serving Dallas, Denton, and Ellis counties, as well as the cities of Arlington and Midland. With branches in Downtown Dallas, Oak Cliff, North Dallas, Richardson, Arlington, Mesquite, Duncanville, Waxahachie, Lancaster, Grand Prairie, Coppell, and Midland and assets topping $590 million, Neighborhood Credit Union has a membership of 47,000 and continues to welcome new members daily. For more information, visit myncu.com.