FARMERS BRANCH, Texas (3/31/08)--April is National Financial Literacy Month but the Texas Credit Union Foundation (TCUF) got a head start in observing the event with its Celebration of Financial Literacy dinner Thursday. The event, sponsored by Texas Jump$tart Coalition and TDECU, Lake Jackson, attracted 150 guests from across the state. Guest speaker was Jason Garrett, Dallas Cowboys assistant head coach and offensive coordinator, who addressed the importance of financial literacy, and motivating and inspiring young people. TCUF highlighted several programs, all involving credit unions in the state: the National Endowment for Financial Education (NEFE) High School Financial Planning Program (HSFPP; Junior Achievement; Bizkid$, a financial literacy PBS series airing throughout the nation; and a new program with GECU and the University of Texas at El Paso to develop a DVD aimed at college students. "TCUF has become the leading resource for financial education in our state, thanks to the support we receive from credit unions, our business and community partners and sponsors," said TCUF Executive Director Jill Pharr. "This is an accomplishment we can all be very proud of." Special guests included Steve Delfin, executive director of the National Credit Union Foundation, and recipients of the 2008 FOCUS Awards:
* Larry Heitzman, generations CU (formerly San Antonio City Employees CU); * Philip Crocker, Resource One FCU, Dallas; * Fort Worth Chapter of Credit Unions; and * A+ FCU, Austin.
Other organizations dedicated to financial education attending included: Junior Achievement, Texas Cooperative Extension Service, Texas Council on Economic Education, Office of Consumer Credit Commissioner; RAISE Texas, the Federal Reserve Bank of Dallas, Texas Saves, Financial Planning Association of Dallas, JROTC, and Texas Jump$tart Coalition. Texas Gov. Rick Perry issued a proclamation declaring April as Financial Literacy Month in Texas, and Dallas Mayor Tom Leppert proclaimed Thursday as TCUF Financial Literacy Day.