Archive for February, 2013

American 1 CU Raises $850 for Paws with a Cause

JACKSON, Mich. – American 1 Credit Union is dedicated to the communities they serve and feel strongly about giving back.  American 1 Credit Union raises money each month for different local charities.  During the month of February funds were raised for Paws with a Cause, headquartered in Wayland, Michigan.

 

The money was collected through a variety of activities.  From February 1 through February 14 staff members could purchase “Candy Grams” made by the Marketing Department of American 1 Credit Union.  There were three varieties of “Candy Grams” available.  The first was a bag of Swedish Fish that said, “You’re oFISHally the best”, the second was a box of Reese’s Pieces that read, “I appreciate you to PIECES”, and the third was a box of Junior Mints that said, “Thanks for making each day an enjoyMINT”.

 

Staff members would purchase a candy gram for $3 or two for $5, and send them to other staff members or purchase them to take home for their own friends & family.  Altogether over 140 “Candy Grams” were passed around, and more than $200 was raised.

 

“It was fun to watch the staff encourage each other,” said Event Coordinator, Jayme Bicknell.  “Some Candy Grams were sent anonymously, just to brighten a fellow staff member’s day.  It’s definitely a fundraiser we would do again,” she continued.

 

We also had a staff member donate two tickets to the University of Michigan verses Ferris State University hockey game.  They wanted to do something good with the tickets, so we gave away one entry per dollar that was donated to Paws with a Cause.  Over $75 was raised through this fundraiser. 

 

American 1’s Home Office and North Street branch locations also have fresh popped popcorn and bottled water available for a donation, every Friday.

 

Altogether $850 was raised for Paws with a Cause.  For more information on Paws with a Cause please visit: www.pawswithacause.org.

 

American 1 Credit Union has been providing low-cost financial services to more than 50,000 members and several hundred partner companies. For 60 years, American 1 Credit Union serves Jackson, Calhoun, Washtenaw, Hillsdale, Oakland, Macomb, and Wayne Counties. Visit www.american1cu.org for more information.

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The American 1 Raises $2,000 for the Cascades Humane Society through Local Pet Expo

JACKSON, Mich. – American 1 Credit Union is dedicated to the communities they serve and feel strongly about giving back.  On Saturday, February 9 from 10am to 2pm, thirty local pet vendors were in the American 1 Event Center at the Jackson County Fairgrounds for the American 1 Paws & Claws Pet Expo.

This free event was a fundraising event for the Cascades Humane Society (CHS).  All vendor booth fees, concession proceeds, craft area donations, and pet photo contest proceeds were donated to CHS.  CHS also accepted several items for the shelter such as pet food, toys, litter, etc.

This event featured a Pet Fashion at 12pm.  There were thirteen dogs and one cat in this year’s expo.  The only cat, named Archer, took this year’s Top Dog Model award, leaving American 1 staff members pleasantly surprised!  “I guess we’ll have to rework the name of the award”, said Jayme Bicknell Event Coordinator for American 1 Credit Union, “We were very excited to have a cat in the show, and we’ll be sure to rename the award for next year to be more cat friendly,” she continued.

For a $1 donation guests could enter their favorite pet photo into our “Cutest Pet” Photo Contest.  This year a lab named Roger too the title of “Cutest Pet”, winning a $25 gift card to Pet Supplies Plus.

Overall over $1,740 was raised for the Cascades Humane Society.  American 1 Credit Union rounded that dollar amount up to an even $2,000.  The credit union makes no proceeds on this event, and even covers the costs of all of the rentals beyond what they donate.

There were also several animals available for adoption from vendors such as The Cascades Humane Society, Last Day Dog Rescue, Mid-Michigan Cat Rescue, Jaxon Kennel Club, and Unleashed… Under Control.

 2013 Paws & Claws Vendors:

American 1 Credit Union

Cascades Humane Society

Forgotten Felines

Invisible Fencing Mid-State, LLC

Unleashed and Lovin’ It!

Custom Canine Couture

Columbia Animal Clinic

Tupperware

Blankies N Beds

Unleashed…UnderControl

Last Day Dog Rescue

Jaxon Kennel Club

Mid-Michigan Cat Rescue

Little Bit of Everything

Sam’s Club

Barn Buddy’s 4-H Group

Thirty-One

Carolyn’s Originals

Curly’s Canine Barkery

Advanced K-9 Academy

Caribbean Lou

Pet Supplies Plus

Scentsy

Creature Comforts Pet Resort

Origami Owl Custom Jewelry

Tails to Whiskers Mobile Pet Grooming

American Cancer Society

Pet Stop Hidden Fence

Crossroads Animal Hospital

For over 60 years, American 1 Credit Union has given back to their community with the support of their more than 50,000 members and hundreds of partner companies. American 1 Credit Union serves Jackson, Calhoun, Washtenaw, Hillsdale, Oakland, Macomb, and Wayne Counties. Visit www.american1cu.org for more information.