WASHINGTON and MADISON, Wis. (1/28/10)--Professional athletes will join credit unions Friday in Fort Worth, Texas, to raise funds to donate to the credit union movement's Haiti Earthquake Disaster Relief Fund, according to the Texas Credit Union League. Meanwhile nationwide credit union efforts are nearing the half-million dollar mark. Proceeds from the Texas event, sponsored by CO-OP Member Center and CUNA Mutual in Fort Worth, will go to the fund, through the U.S. credit union movement's CUAid Disaster Relief System sponsored by the National Credit Union Foundation. Signing autographs will be:
* Dallas Cowboys: Larry Brown, Billy Joe Dupree, Eugene Lockhart, Tony Casillas, Reginald Barns and Michael Kiselak; * New England Patriots: Jun Anderson; * Texas Rangers: Jose Guzman; and * Phoenix Suns: Ira Terrell.
The athletes will autograph personal items for $15 or attendees can get a collage photo autographed by all players for $25, said the league (LoneStar Leaguer
Jan. 27). Also, two autographed footballs with signatures from representatives of Super Bowl teams will be raffled off. That's one example of the activities credit unions are engaging in to lend a hand to the massive relief effort, which will assist Haiti's credit unions, staff and members affected by the 7.0 magnitude Jan. 12 earthquake. Haiti has 175 credit unions and 404,090 credit union members. Meanwhile, funds raised as of Wednesday afternoon by credit unions nationwide totaled $480,584, said Valerie Breunig, executive director of the Worldwide Foundation for Credit Unions, the charitable arm of the World Council of Credit Unions. That includes $203,589 raised through NCUF's CUAid.coop. So far, NCUF has received $17,725 in checks, $93,324 in online donations via CUAid.coop, and $92,540 in wire transfers, said Jill Stevenson, NCUF marketing and communications coordinator. Breunig predicted that the fundraising would break the half million dollar mark today. The foundation is slowly adding a list of donors to the woccu.org/Haiti_relief website at the bottom of the page, Breunig told News Now
. To support Haiti's credit unions and members through the international credit union disaster fund, make payments, via check, credit card or wire to: Worldwide Foundation for Credit Unions Inc., 5710 Mineral Point Road, Madison, WI 53705, USA. Donations also can be made online with a credit card at www.woccu.org/give. For wire transfer information, contact Valerie Breunig, Worldwide Foundation for Credit Unions at 608-395-2055 or via e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org
. Please indicate the donation is designated for the Haiti Disaster Relief Fund. U.S. credit unions also can support WOCCU's relief efforts by donating through the NCUF at www.CUAID.coop.