The Northwest Chapter of the NC Credit Union League brightened the Holiday Season of three lucky winners in the “People Helping People Sweepstakes” this year. The Chapter also raised enough funds in the sweepstakes to donate $800 to iCan House, a local non-profit agency in Winston-Salem.
“We’ve done this fundraiser for a few years now and the credit unions get a kick out of it,” said NW Chapter President LaKeisha Moore (Premier FCU). “It’s a way we can work together to raise funds for a local agency doing good things, while giving staff and members a chance to win a little extra cash for the holidays.”
The Chapter credit unions combined to sell more than 900 tickets during the fall at $2 each. Raffle entrants had three chances to win, as two $250 VISA gift cards were offered as second place prizes, and one $500 VISA gift card awarded as the grand prize. Chapter board representatives gathered December 19 to collect the proceeds and draw the winners, who included:
• Barbara Basallote-Hook, VP of Finance & Operations at Lion’s Share FCU - $500
• Flora Moore, Members CU (credit union member) - $250
• Walter Chapman, Summit CU (credit union member) - $250
"Mr. Chapman is on a fixed income, so he was very appreciative of the extra holiday cash," said NW Chapter Board Member Carol Nault (Summit CU). In addition to Chapman, Moore and Basallote-Hook,the other lucky winner was iCan House of Winston-Salem, which seeks to enhance the lives of those with social challenges by teaching social skills, providing educational opportunities, maintaining a hub for local resources, and providing a support network for those in need.
According to its web site, iCan House offers a unique venue for parents and interested community members to learn about social skills disorders, Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) and related developmental issues. Additionally, iCan House offers community resources and services, in addition to an impressive line-up of programs designed to teach and aid those affected and their parents. Located in the West End section of the city, iCan House provides support, resources, and information in an easily accessible location.
“Kim Shufran of iCan House spoke to the Chapter at our International Credit Union Day celebration in October and made a real impression on everyone,” said Nault. “She created from scratch a remarkable place that people can go and find support & community, while learning social skills. We’re happy to support the work they are doing.”