TAMPA, Fla. (8/29/12)--Tom Dorety, president/CEO of Florida's largest credit union and a former chairman of the Credit Union National Association (CUNA), the Filene Research Institute, and National CEO Roundtable--among other notable positions--and a 2012 winner of a Herb Wegner Memorial Award for Lifetime Achievement, believes in the benefit of credit union involvement in national political conventions, particularly through leave-behind projects that benefit the community.
CUNA, the state credit union leagues, credit unions and the National Journal Group teamed up this year to honor the Republican and Democratic National Conventions by restoring, refreshing and revitalizing therapeutic playgrounds at All Children's Hospital, in St. Petersburg, Fla., and Levine Children's Hospital in Charlotte, N.C.
Dorety, as leader of $5 billion-asset Suncoast Schools FCU, has a long-term relationship with All Children's, having had a role in credit union projects that raised millions for the hospital.
For instance, Suncoast was one of 14 local credit unions to pledge a $1.5-million gift in 2011 that will help All Children's to establish a comprehensive center for children with autism and related disorders.
Says Dorety of credit union involvement in the conventions and the leave-behind project: "I am very pleased that the credit union community is participating in this leave-behind project in a bipartisan fashion.
"Most importantly, the playground project helps make life better for some children who deserve some fun and diversion during a difficult time in their lives.
"The project has the added benefit of showcasing our commitment to improving our communities on a national stage. It enhances our image of doing the right thing for the right reasons.
"Whether Republican, Democrat or Independent, we can all be proud of what we're doing for the kids at All Children's' Hospital," Dorety says.
CUNA Senior Vice President of Political Affairs Richard Gose agrees. "The leave-behind events are perfect for credit unions because they serve the community and credit union members every day. The projects give credit unions and their staffs a chance to interact with elected and political officials for months leading up to the actual ribbon cutting. It's an educational experience for both sides."
Use the resource link to read more about credit unions and the All Children's autism center.