ORNL Federal Credit Union wins 2013 Credit Union Magic Minute Loyalty Sweepstakes™, donates winnings to Girls Inc. of Oak Ridge

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ORNL Federal Credit Union wins 2013 Credit Union Magic Minute Loyalty Sweepstakes™, donates winnings to Girls Inc. of Oak Ridge

Oak Ridge, Tenn. – During the Credit Union Magic Minute Loyalty Dash sponsored by PSCU, ORNL Federal Credit Union (FCU) collected thousands of dollars in electronics and household goods and donated their winnings to Girls Inc. of Oak Ridge on Thursday, Feb. 6.

PSCU, the nation’s leading Credit Union Service Organization (CUSO), conceived and fully sponsored the Credit Union Magic Minute Loyalty Sweepstakes™ as a way to give their Member-Owner credit unions, which includes ORNL FCU, the shopping thrill of a lifetime.  According to PSCU, ORNL FCU members were encouraged to register their contact information on their credit union’s CURewards® loyalty program website.  By using their ORNL FCU credit or debit card during the sweepstakes eligibility period, members’ names were automatically entered in a series of eight weekly drawings.

Thanks to ORNL FCU’s members’ participation in the loyalty program, ORNL FCU earned a spot in the Credit Union Magic Minute Loyalty Dash in Chicago on Dec. 5, 2013.  ORNL FCU representatives Zain Hashmi, Special Loans Department Manager, and Tom Wright, Vice President of Marketing pushed an oversized shopping cart through the aisles of a warehouse stacked with thousands of brand name products and loaded their cart with as much merchandise as possible in just 60 seconds.  Hashmi and Wright grabbed over 20 items, including flat screens, tools, PlayStations, iMacs, and home appliances.

ORNL FCU donated the items to Girls Inc. of Oak Ridge, which plans to raffle off the items to raise funds for their organization.  Established in 1976, Girls Inc. of Oak Ridge is a local affiliate of the national non-profit Girls Inc. and strives to be recognized as the premier organization that helps all girls realize their potential and exercise their rights.

ORNL FCU chose Girls Inc. because of its belief in the organization’s goal to “inspire all girls to be strong, smart, and bold.”

“ORNL FCU knows that teamwork is a large part of effective character building and our members and employees came together to do just that,” said Jessica Emert,   ORNL FCU’s Director of Community & Public Relations.  “We carry this teamwork into our partnerships with Girls Inc. in their pursuit of empowering girls.”

“We are so grateful for this donation,” said Rhoni Basden, executive director of Girls Inc. of Oak Ridge.  “ORNL FCU has a history of being a valuable and generous community partner and we are thrilled to be on the receiving end of this contribution.”


About ORNL Federal Credit Union
ORNL Federal Credit Union is a not-for-profit financial cooperative locally owned and operated by its members for the benefit of all who belong.  Established in 1948 with 10 founding members, ORNL Federal Credit Union’s assets have grown to over $1.4 billion and membership has grown to over 160,000.  Open to all businesses and anyone who lives, works, worships, or attends school in the 16 counties of Central East Tennessee, ORNL Federal Credit Union currently serves members in 32 branches located throughout Anderson, Blount, Campbell, Hamblen, Knox, Loudon, Monroe, Roane, Sevier and Union counties.  

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