Archive for January, 2012

Paws and Claws Pet Expo

Show your furry family member how much you love them this Valentine’s Day. Visit the American 1 Paws & Claws pet expo on Saturday, February 11th at the American 1 Event Center and celebrate everything animal!

At the Paws & Claws Expo, you can meet local veterinarians, discover pet-related products and services, watch a doggie fashion show at 12pm, and, most importantly, adopt a new furry friend at one of the rescues present at the event. We love pets, but please leave yours at home for this event.

You can also bring photos of your pet to enter in the Cutest Pet Photo Contest ($1 per entry) and even make your pet a valentine. Admission to the event is free, but donations to Cascades Humane Society are welcome.

Buy the one who loves you unconditionally something special this year at the American 1 Paws and Claws Expo – Saturday, February 11th from 10am to 2pm in the American 1 Event Center at the Jackson County Fairgrounds.

Introducing Instant Issue

At American 1, offering our member’s convenience is a priority.  In fact, our newest service – instant issue cards, offers our member’s the opportunity to get their new debit or credit card in minutes.  All of our 12 branch locations are now fully equipped to be able to produce a full color card that is instantly activated and ready for use.  No more waiting for 10 days for the card in the mail – you will have your new card in hand before you leave the branch.

 Best of all, for a small $6 fee, our members will be able to choose their card design.  The card image gallery has more than 70 images in six categories for you to choose from including sports, seasonal, colors, American pride, outdoors, and basic designs.  In addition, there are five card designs that are designated to charitable organizations.  If you select one of these designs, 50% of the fee will be sent to that charity.  To view the card designs, stop in to any American 1 branch or visit our website at

Stop in to any American 1 branch today to learn more about this new service.

American 1’s Winter Wonderland raises over $7,000 for charity

For eleven days in December, the American 1 Event Center at the Jackson County Fairgrounds was transformed into Jackson’s own North Pole for the third year of the American 1 Winter Wonderland (WWL) event, an added event to the Nite Lites in 2008.

Not only did Santa and Mrs. Claus visit, but Santa’s reindeer showed up, with holiday puppet shows and train rides ran every night. New this year, The Home Depot Kid’s Workshop on Friday’s and Saturday’s and the Jackson School of the Arts dance performance on a special night.

For the third year, the Holiday Tree Decoration contest took place in which local businesses and non-profits entered to decorate a tree.

The contest was a fundraiser for charity with 35 live, potted pine trees inside the American 1 Event Center entered into this year’s contest. Guests could vote for their favorite tree by making donations and bid in a silent auction to win the decorations and the tree to take home and plant in their yard. Money raised for each tree was given to a charity chosen by each registrant in the contest.

Guests attending Winter Wonderland donated nearly $6,500 through donations and auction bids. This year’s winning tree was decorated by the 6NW Allegiance Hospital, raising over $700, the highest amount raised by any of the trees, and winning an additional $500 for their charity. The 6NW Allegiance Hospital chose the Stage 4 Traveling Pants, a support organization for women with Stage 4 breast cancer, as their charity and they will receive a donation of over $1,200.

“We thank the community for their support with all we do. If it was not for businesses, organizations and residents getting involved, our community efforts would not have the impact they do,” said Liz Niles, Community Relations Manager for American 1.

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