Thursday, February 4, 2016

Credit Union ONE branch recognized by local Elks Lodge

Elks Lodge representative Susan Soffredine
Rauser (right) presents Tamara DePonio with
a certificate recognizing the branch's patriotism. 
Ferndale, Michigan – Credit Union ONE’s Traverse City branch was recently recognized by the Traverse City Elks Lodge #323 for proudly flying the American flag.   
The local Elks Lodge recognizes 25 local businesses annually who display the flag.  

“It is an honor for the Traverse City branch and Credit Union ONE to be recognized by the Elks Club with a certificate for our patriotism and for what some would consider a basic civic duty,” said Tamara DePonio, Traverse City branch manager, “It was certainly an unexpected and pleasant surprise and we will display the certificate proudly!” 

Tuesday, January 5, 2016

Branch Manager competes in SwingShift and the Stars Dance-Off for Charity

Ferndale, Michigan – Credit Union ONE branch manager Tamara DePonio competed in the SwingShift and the Stars Dance-Off for Charity, which raised a record total of more than $275,000 for six charities within the Traverse Bay region. Since its inception in 2008, the “Dancing with the Stars” style competition has raised more than $1.5 million to benefit local nonprofits in the Traverse Bay and Great Lakes Bay regions.
Tamara DePonio, Credit Union ONE branch
manager, and her dance partner Peninsula 
Township Supervisor Pete Correia 
danced on behalf of The Peter Dougherty
Society in the SwingShift and the
Stars Dance-Off for Charity. 
SwingShift and the Stars, hosted by High Impact Productions, brought together local celebrities, dancers, live music, and volunteers again this fall and winter for fun and fundraising. Six couples, each representing a different charity, danced in four themed events and received critique from a panel of judges. Each event concluded with members of the audience voting for their favorite couple or charity by making a donation.

DePonio, a lifelong dancer in addition to her role as the credit union’s Traverse City branch manager, was approached by the event’s coordinators to serve as a dance coach. She and her dance partner, Peninsula Township Supervisor Pete Correia, danced on behalf of The Peter Dougherty Society. In total, they helped raise more than $81,000 for the local historic preservation and restoration group.  

DePonio and Correia competed in four
themed dancing events, helping to raise more 
than $81,000 for The Peter Dougherty Society.  
“SwingShift and the Stars has been such a phenomenal event! I’ve had the wonderful privilege of interacting with many business professionals in the Traverse City community who demonstrate the principals of true servant leadership,” DePonio said. “I’m proud of everyone involved; the event coordinators, the band, the local celebrities who took a chance on learning something new, the choreographers, the teachers, and the charities. I am grateful for having had the opportunity to play a small role in support of the community in which I live and I am so very grateful Credit Union ONE shares these values and has allowed me to help make a difference with this very worthwhile cause.” 

Tuesday, December 22, 2015

Kids Kicking Cancer named Hometown Charity Giveaway winner

Ferndale, Michigan – Kids Kicking Cancer was named the winner of Credit Union ONE’s fourth annual Hometown Charity Giveaway on December 1, 2015. The group was selected by the credit union’s Facebook fans to receive a $3,000 donation.
                                     
The Hometown Charity Giveaway recognizes local organizations that give back to the community. Each of Credit Union ONE’s twenty branches nominated a nonprofit that they felt demonstrated the credit union philosophy of “people helping people.” From there, voting was open on the Credit Union ONE Facebook page from November 9 - 27.

Holly Cudney (far right), St. Joseph Mercy Financial
branch manager,presents a check to Kids Kicking Cancer, 
Credit Union ONE's 2015 Hometown Charity Giveaway 
winner, during a recent class at St. Joseph Mercy Oakland Hospital. 
Kids Kicking Cancer was nominated in the Hometown Charity Giveaway by the credit union’s St. Joseph Mercy Financial branch, located within St. Joseph Mercy Hospital in Pontiac.

“Our branch nominated Kids Kicking Cancer because of the energy and inspiration they bring to the community,” said Holly Cudney, St. Joseph Mercy Financial branch manager, “They help empower kids and their families to find the light in every situation and truly give back in a meaningful way.”

Headquartered in Southfield, Kids Kicking Cancer uses martial arts therapy to help children fighting cancer and other serious illnesses by empowering them and providing a sense of power, peace and purpose. The group teaches martial arts, breathing techniques and meditation to help children heal physically, spiritually, and emotionally. Classes are offered free-of-charge at hospitals and health centers throughout Metro Detroit, including Children’s Hospital of Michigan, Beaumont Children’s Hospital, Karmanos Cancer Center, St. Joseph Mercy Oakland, St. John Hospital and Medical Center, and the McLaren Macomb Medical Center.

"Kids Kicking Cancer is so honored to be named the winner of the Hometown Charity Giveaway. We are grateful to the St. Joseph Mercy Financial branch for nominating us and thankful for all the supporters who voted," said Cindy Cohen, Kids Kicking Cancer Program Director. "This money will be used to further the mission of Kids Kicking Cancer by supporting our program and the children and families we serve.  Thank you Credit Union ONE for your dedication to the non-profit organizations in your community."


Monday, December 21, 2015

Credit Union ONE gives back during the holiday season

Ferndale, Michigan – This holiday season, Credit Union ONE’s members and staff generously gave back to the community through donations to Forgotten Harvest and the U.S. Marine Corps Reserve Toys for Tots Program.

Michael Jarnel, Jerome Oswald, and Anthony Jackson of
the U.S. Marine Corps joined John Kozich (third from left),
Credit Union ONE Vice President of Community
Relations, to collect the donated toys. 
Throughout December, each of the credit union’s branches collected donations for the Toys for Tots Program. This year, the collection included more than 1,000 toys, which were picked up by local Marines for distribution to Metro Detroit children.

Additionally, Credit Union ONE hosted a canned food drive benefiting Forgotten Harvest and their mission to end hunger. In total, more than 1,500 pounds of food was collected and the credit union also donated $500 to help those in need.

John Kozich (left) presents a check to Larry Weber, Food
Sourcing Manager of Forgotten Harvest.
“Consistent with our organizational values and community focus, we engage in charitable activities throughout the year. Being involved in worthy causes that provide support and a helping hand to those in need is part of our culture,” said Gary Moody, President and CEO of Credit Union ONE. “Engaging our employees and members validates the cooperative philosophy upon which we operate. It can and does reach beyond providing financial services and truly benefits those in need in our community.” 

Tuesday, December 15, 2015

Credit Union ONE Sponsors Radiothons Benefitting Children's Hospitals

FERNDALE, Michigan – Credit Union ONE was proud to sponsor the STAR 105.7 Think Outside Yourself Radiothon and the 96.3 WDVD Cares for Kids Radiothon benefiting two local Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals.

Credit Union ONE staff raised $2,800 for the
Helen DeVos Children's Hospital by selling candy
 bars at the Grand Rapids branch. 
The credit union sponsored the sixteenth annual STAR 105.7 Think Outside Yourself Radiothon, which raised more than $165,000 for the Helen DeVos Children’s Hospital in Grand Rapids during the on-site broadcast December 10-11, 2015.  In addition to the $5,000 check that was presented during an on-air interview, staff from Credit Union ONE’s Grand Rapids branch volunteered at the radiothon phone bank and contributed an additional $2,800 that was raised by selling candy bars in the branch.
Staff volunteered at the STAR 105.7 Think
Outside Yourself radiothon phone bank.
                                                        Credit Union ONE also sponsored the ninth annual 96.3 WDVD Cares for Kids Radiothon, which raised more than $112,000 during the live broadcast from Beaumont Children’s Hospital in Royal Oak on November 20, 2015. Credit Union ONE Executive Vice President Steve Grech presented a $5,000 check during an on-air interview, and several of the credit union’s employees volunteered to answer phones during the radiothon.

Credit Union ONE Executive Vice President
Steve Grech (right)was interviewed during
 the 96.3 WDVD Cares for Kids Radiothon. 
Proceeds from both fundraising events will help purchase life-saving equipment, support educational programs, fund research, and ensure that Michigan children and their families have access to quality healthcare and the best possible experience during their hospital stay.   

Credit Union ONE presented a $5,000 check at
Beaumont Children's Hospital in Royal Oak. 
“Having the opportunity to help support those who have such an immediate impact on children and families within our community is an honor. We are thankful for Children’s Miracle Network, Beaumont Hospital, Helen DeVos Children’s Hospital, the radio stations, and all of the events’ sponsors,” Grech said. “I’m proud of the work we do, not only as a financial institution, but also as a community partner.”