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Ann Romney guest of honor at CUNARNC playground project
TAMPA, Fla. (8/28/12)--Ann Romney, wife of presumptive Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney, will join the Credit Union National Association (CUNA), the League of Southeastern Credit Unions and National Journal Group at this week's ribbon cutting ceremony for a charitable "leave behind" project in the Tampa-St. Petersburg area.

The ribbon cutting ceremony, which is scheduled for Wednesday at 10 a.m. ET, will unveil a recently completed therapeutic playground for All Children's Hospital. The playground, which will serve All Children's Hospital and patients in the area, contains special play equipment designed for the rehabilitation process. New plants were brought in and a retaining wall was constructed as part of the playground renovation process.

CUNA President/CEO Bill Cheney said, "America's credit unions are honored to have Mrs. Romney attend this important event that so vividly demonstrates credit unions' involvement in their communities and their philosophy of 'people helping people.'"

The Southeastern Credit Union Foundation led fundraising efforts for the playground project, and CUNA, which has a history of Republican and Democratic party convention leave-behind projects, also planned and raised funds for the project. The League of Southeastern Credit Unions also supported the project with its own fundraising efforts, and supplied volunteers to help construct the playground area.

National Journal Group has partnered with CUNA and credit union partners on past leave-behind projects.

The playground project, which has been in the works for months, is in honor of the 2012 Republican National Convention, which began Monday in Tampa and is scheduled to continue through Aug. 30.

A similar project to build a rooftop playground is also underway at Levine Children's Hospital in Charlotte, N.C. The Charlotte renovation project will honor the 2012 Democratic National Convention, which kicks off next week.

"Credit unions see both projects as an opportunity to leave something positive behind that will continue to benefit the Charlotte and Tampa communities long after the balloons have dropped and the convention ended," Cheney said.


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