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CUNARNC playground project launches today
TAMPA, Fla. (8/29/12)--At 10 a.m. (ET) today, Ann Romney, wife of Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney, is scheduled to join the Credit Union National Association (CUNA), the League of Southeastern Credit Unions and National Journal Group at the official opening of a charitable "leave behind" project in the Tampa-St. Petersburg area.

Click for slide showThis spring, credit union representatives broke ground on a renovation project to benefit All Children's Hospital in St. Petersburg, Fla. Shown above: (L to R): Brendan Garrison; Beth Reinhard of National Journal; Patrick La Pine, president/CEO, League of Southeastern Credit Unions; Cynthia Scott-Butler; Rep. C.W. Bill Young (R-Fla.); Riley Christian; Mike Mercer, CUNA chair and president /CEO, Georgia Credit Union League & Affiliates; Dr. Jonathan Ellen, Interim president/CEO of All Children's; St. Petersburg Mayor Bill Foster; and Caden Riley. (CUNA Photo)
With partners such as CUNA Mutual Group and CO-OP Financial Services, CUNA and the leagues and credit union volunteers broke ground on the project earlier this year, and have worked for months to complete a therapeutic playground.

The playground, which will serve All Children's Hospital and young patients in the area, contains special play equipment and was designed and built to enhance the rehabilitation process.

On Monday, Ann Romney announced that she would attend the ribbon cutting ceremony in St. Petersburg.

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.

CUNA President/CEO Bill Cheney has observed, "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 conventions ended." (See related News Now story: "CUs do conventions with a 'difference,' says.)


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