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* BURLINGAME, Calif. (8/18/11)--Norielyn Galbadores Bautista, 43, a former employee of a Burlingame, Calif.-based Pacifica Advantage FCU, pleaded no contest Monday to grand theft, forgery and identity theft in the theft of more than $428,000 from 15 members and the credit union's general fund. She originally had pleaded not guilty. Bautista allegedly used the funds for personal needs such as school over a four-year period, between March 2006 and 2010. None of the money has been recovered. Her sentencing is scheduled for Sept. 21 (The San Mateo Daily Journal Aug. 16) … * TAMPA, Fla. (8/18/11)--Tampa Bay area credit unions, through Credit Unions for Kids, donated $1.5 million in a five-year gift to All Children's Hospital to help establish a comprehensive center for children with autism and related disorders (Tampa Bay Business Journal Online (Aug. 15). The center is set for completion by next Spring. Credit unions, through CU4Kids, raise funds for Children's Miracle Network Hospitals, with funds collected going to their local children's hospitals. Participating credit unions included Achieva CU, Florida Central CU, Florida West Coast CU, Grow Financial FCU, GTE FCU, MidFlorida CU, Pinellas FCU, PowerNet CU, Railroad and Industrial FCU, San Antonio Citizens FCU, Suncoast Schools FCU, Tampa Bay FCU, Tampa Postal FCU, and USF FCU. The group also recently completed a $1.5 million pledge to create a 28-bed intensive care unit at All Children's … * NAPERVILLE, Ill. (8/18/11)--Illinois Credit Union League (ICUL) staff completed three community service projects--a food drive, a
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children's hospital visit, and a blood drive--to help people in need the past several weeks. Staff collected nearly 700 pounds of food for the Northern Illinois Food Bank, which saw a 36% surge in demand by more than 520 food pantries, shelters, soup kitchens and other food assistance sites in 13 counties. More than 502,000 people receive food assistance each year from its network; 48% are children under age 16. ICUL staff also participated in a blood drive, providing 20 pints of blood for Heartland Blood Centers, which serves 38 hospitals in 12 counties in northeastern Illinois and northwestern Indiana. And, staff visited Children's Memorial Hospital in Chicago to volunteer and interact with patients and siblings in outpatient waiting areas. Activities included projects, games and reading books. ICUL also conducts a toy drive during the winter holidays for the hospital. The hospital, Illinois' only freestanding hospital exclusively for kids, served more than 146,000 kids in 2010. At the event are, from left: Drew Kayvani, education program developer I; Carly Kipper, member service representative; Will Wille, PR coordinator; entertainer "Mr. Singer"; Melissa Ceasario, corporate and human resources administrator; Sarah Eigel, human resources manager; Deborah Frances, accounting analyst; and Joy Patel, member service representative. (Photo provided by the Illinois Credit Union League) … * SAN ANTONIO (8/18/11)--James C. Kemple, former chairman of San Antonio-based Air Force FCU, died Sunday at the age of 80. He was a chief master sergeant with the U.S. Air Force until retiring in 1981. Kemple served on the credit union's board of directors from March 1981 until November 2003. He served on numerous committees and was chairman from 1996 until he stepped down in 2003. A memorial service will be at 10 a.m. CT today in San Antonio …


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