Foundation's sold-out gala honors champions in the Carolinas
Thursday, February 15, 2018
More than 150 credit union supporters gathered at the Carolinas Credit Union Foundation's Awards Gala on February 1, 2018 in Charlotte, NC to celebrate the many accomplishments of credit unions and credit union professionals in the Carolinas. The support of the sponsors made the 2017 gala possible which included a cocktail reception, plated dinner, and special entertainment by Kyle Petty during the awards ceremony. This is the second year the Carolinas Credit Union Foundation has organized its annual awards recognition event in conjunction with the League’s Carolinas Credit Union Connect held the following day.
Carolinas Foundation President Lauren Whaley’s opening remarks welcomed attendees and honored guests as she expressed her appreciation for their support of this event which also serves a fundraiser for Victory Junction’s Reach program.
“I would like to express my thanks for the generosity of tonight’s sponsors and the many benefactors highlighted in the program that have invested their time, energy and financial support over the past year,” said Whaley. “I am incredibly grateful to have your encouragement to help lead one of the strongest credit union foundations in the country. The Carolinas Credit Union Foundation’s 25-year history has confirmed the strength of the cooperative spirit and the belief that we are all more successful when we act together.”
Joining Whaley on stage to celebrate the accomplishments of Carolinas credit unions, and to honor individual and lifetime award recipients was emcee Mike Shade of CUNA Mutual Group, the premier sponsor for Carolinas CU Connect. The award videos honoring the four credit union professionals were produced by Your Marketing Co.
For pictures of the gala, please visit the Foundation’s Facebook page or click here for photos of the gala and Carolinas CU Connect. To see details on all of the 2017 honorees, please view the program. Nominations from credit unions for CUNA’s state-level Desjardins, Dora Maxwell and Louise Herring competition will be opening in the coming weeks with nominations due at the end of June. The Foundation’s Professional Achievement Award nominations will open late summer 2018.