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Super Bowl Haiti on CUs radars
METAIRIE, La. (2/4/10)--Credit unions are using Super Bowl XLIV as a way to generate donations for Haiti earthquake victims. The New Orleans Saints will play the Indianapolis Colts on Sunday in Miami, Fla., in Super Bowl XLIV.
Employees at GNO FCU, Metairie, La., can donate $15 to help Haiti earthquake victims in return for the opportunity to wear black and gold clothing to work through Friday. Black and gold are the colors of the New Orleans Saints, which is GNO FCU’s home football team. The Saints will play in Sunday’s Super Bowl XLIV. (Photo provided by GNO FCU)
In a wager between the Indiana Credit Union League and the Louisiana Credit Union League, the state league whose team comes out on the short end of the scoreboard will make a donation in the other league’s name to the World Council of Credit Unions' (WOCCU) disaster relief fund. “We are keyed up for the big game and pulling for our Colts to bring home the Super Bowl title for the second time in four years,” said Indiana League President John McKenzie. “But, regardless of the outcome, it is nice to know that credit unions and their members in Haiti will benefit. We are proud to report that the fund has already received thousands of dollars from Indiana’s credit unions and state organizations.” Anne Cochran, Louisiana Credit Union League President, added: “We are thrilled to see our Saints make their first Super Bowl appearance in franchise history. This is an exciting time for us here in Louisiana, but we are still conscious of those who still need our help.” To date, the two credit union systems combined have contributed more than $16,000 to the fund. Credit unions worldwide have raised more than $530,308 for the Haiti disaster relief fund, according to WOCCU’s Worldwide Foundation for Credit Unions. Of that total, U.S. credit unions and organizations have raised $221,656 through the National Credit Union Foundation’s CUAid.coop (News Now Feb. 3). GNO FCU, Metairie, La., employees also devised a way to celebrate Super Bowl XLIV and help Haiti earthquake victims. Employees who donate $15 or more to the disaster relief fund can wear black and gold attire to work through Friday. Black and gold are the colors of the New Orleans Saints, which is the employees’ home football team. The credit union also has decorated its lobbies with Saints pendants, gold stars and balloons. GNO will be closed Monday morning after Super Bowl Sunday, and will re-open for business at 12:30 p.m. GNO FCU has $97 million in assets.


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