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Over $1000 donated in household items to the Jackson Salvation Army

JACKSON, Mich. –

On Tuesday, April 8th, American 1 Credit Union hosted Supermarket Sweep at Polly’s Country Market on Ferguson Road in Jackson. Six teams competed for the coveted 1st place title. Over $1,000 worth of groceries and household items were collected in the five minute dash around the store. All of the items collected were donated to the Salvation Army of Jackson. The American 1 team took second place overall, while took first place collecting all 63 items on the list.

American 1 Credit Union provides low-cost financial services to more than 50,000 members and several hundred partner companies. American 1 Credit Union serves Jackson, Calhoun, Washtenaw, Hillsdale, Macomb, and Wayne Counties. Visit our website at for more information.


2013 Teen Idol Competition

On Friday, July 12th ten talented teens took center stage at the Jackson County Fairgrounds Grandstands at American 1 Teen Idol, presented by American 1 Credit union.  American 1 Teen Idol is a youth singing event, where over fifty teens auditioned and ten teens from area cities were selected to perform in the final competition.

The top ten teens were as follows:  Michael Cavender, Marissa Zonts, Kali Mees, Jeremiah Weaver, and Kiley Ladwig, all of Jackson, Nicole Suchman of Adrian, Alaina Kerr of Michigan Center, Taylor Flood of Battle Creek, Tyler Bennett of Hillsdale, and Caitlin LeBlanc of Brimley, MI.  These ten teens ranged in age from 14-19 years old.

Cailtin LeBlanc took first place winning $1,000, and an iPad.  Jeremiah Weaver took second winning $250.  Tyler Bennett took third place winning $150.  The remaining seven contestants won $50. Each of the contestants also won a prize pack filled with items donated by area businesses and a trophy.


The judges were Bob Hoffman of the Wharton Center, Cheryl Fritze of Fox 47 News Morning Blend, and Colleen Flynn of Jackson School of the Arts.  The judges had a great time at the event, but all agreed that the decisions were very tough as all the teens were very talented.

This event is also a fundraiser in which each teen in the top ten is required to raise a minimum of $250 and to declare a charity of choice.  $2,000 is automatically donated to the Jackson School of the Arts, and the rest of the money raised is donated to the overall winner’s charity of choice.  This year, the teens raised a total of $3,622.  Caitlin’s charity of choice was The Ronan Thompson Foundation; a check for $1,622 was donated to this great cause in Caitlin’s honor.

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


Blankies N Beds


Last Day Dog Rescue

Jaxon Kennel Club

Mid-Michigan Cat Rescue

Little Bit of Everything

Sam’s Club

Barn Buddy’s 4-H Group


Carolyn’s Originals

Curly’s Canine Barkery

Advanced K-9 Academy

Caribbean Lou

Pet Supplies Plus


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 for more information.

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.

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.

Win an iPAD!

Your chance to enter to win an iPAD!

Become a fan of American 1 today!

American 1 Federal Credit Union wants to welcome any one who becomes a fan of our Facebook page.  Between June 1 – July 31, 2011, every fan that signs up  will be entered into a drawing to win a new iPAD!

It’s simple. All that you have to do is go to our American 1 Facebook Page  and click “like.”

Our Facebook page is an incredible resource to view past and upcoming events at American 1 Federal Credit Union. Check out our new page and sign up for updates on promotions and events. Remember, everyone who “likes us” will be entered, so invite your friends and family to follow us on Facebook today!

Spring Women’s Expo jewelry winners

Spring Women's Expo - Jewelry winners

Congratulations to Teri, Donna, and Kim – our three Gold Crown Jewelers grand prize winners from the Spring 2011 Women’s Expo.

Check out their pictures, and the great pieces of jewelry, in our Flickr gallery.

First pics from Belly to Baby Expo

Belly to Baby Expo - Photo Contest

New parents and parents to be came out for our first ever Belly to Baby Expo at the American 1 Event Center this past weekend.

To check out pictures from the event, head to our Flickr photo gallery.

Thanks to everyone who participated!

Fall Women’s Expo winners

Fall Women's Expo - Gold Crown winners

Congratulations to (from left to right) Karen Lond, Della Turk, and Cindy Briskie – our 2010 Fall Women’s Expo jewelry winners, thanks to Gold Crown Jewelers.

Fall Women's Expo - Karen Lond

Karen Lond, our first place winner, won a 1/2 karat diamond necklace. Karen takes a day for her and her friends at the expo, making it a girl’s day out, she says.

Fall Women's Expo - Della Turk

Della Turk won the second prize: a 10 karat gold bracelet with diamond accents. Getting to the expo early is Della’s strategy, especially to get a good parking spot.

Fall Women's Expo - Cindy Briskie

Cindy Briskie won our third-place sterline silver cubic zirconia ring. Cindy takes her out-of-town sisters to the expo to enjoy the day.

“We jump on the shuttle bus,” she says. “It’s much easier.”

Congratulations to all three winners, and thanks to Gold Crown Jewelers for providing our Women’s Expo prizes. Look for your chance to win at our Spring Women’s Expo, coming March 12, 2011.

Check out all the pictures from this fall’s expo at our Flickr gallery.

In the news: Chelsea Kids’ Fest

Chelsea Kids' Fest - Practice

It was a beautiful, sunny day at our Chelsea Kids’ Fest this past Wednesday. You can check out pictures from the event at our Flickr photo gallery.

The Jackson Citizen Patriot had a nice write up on the event in Thursday’s paper. Check it out.

Thanks for everyone who came! If you’re interested in participating next year, visit our Kids’ Fest page for contact information.

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