CHARLOTTE, N.C. (9/6/12)--Sula Pettibon and Winnie Kennedy sat on the newly renovated rooftop playground at Levine Children's Hospital Wednesday morning waiting for the ribbon cutting ceremony to officially open the play site. They wanted to witness the difference one credit union can make in the lives of people in their communities.
Pettibon, community relations manager and chairman of the employee fundraising committee, and Kennedy, lobby services director, both hail from Family Trust FCU, of Rock Hill, S.C.
Pettibon told News Now that they were at Levine because "credit unions are all about people helping people." She added, "Our employees raise money all year for charities."
She said deciding to get involved in the credit union project at Levine wasn't a tough decision. Although her credit union is based in South Carolina, Levine Children's Hospital is only about a half an hour's drive from Rock Hill, she said. It is a hospital that sick kids in her community would--and do--use.
In fact, she recalled, one of her credit union's senior staff investment officers has a son who was treated at Levine. Kennedy added another of the credit union's employees has a child with a heart condition who has been seen at Levine.
"It's a place that our Rock Hill community uses," Pettibon repeated.
The credit union employees said they were pleased with the outcome of the credit union effort at Levine. They also seemed pleased that they had an opportunity to discuss with Credit Union National Association (CUNA) President/CEO Bill Cheney credit union issues--like legislation to increase the credit union member business lending limit that is pending in both the U.S. House and Senate--as they all waited for a ribbon-cutting ceremony to begin to officially open the playground space.