Dade County Federal Credit Union recently raised more than $137,000 as part of its efforts to support the March of Dimes.
Since the beginning of the year, credit union employees in every department held a variety of bake sales, pizza sales and other money-raising activities to help fund lifesaving research and programs to end premature birth, birth defects and infant mortality. The fundraising efforts culminated in the 2015 March for Babies at Tropical Park on Apr. 25.
“We support many charities but our employees really went the extra mile this year,” said Dade County Federal CEO George Joseph. “We challenged them and they truly stepped up to help treat premature babies and prevent birth defects.”
The 2015 walk included a wide array of local companies and their employees showing a strong commitment to the March for Babies. The pre-walk ceremony featured WPLG Local 10 News anchor Laurie Jennings as emcee. Jennings, the mother of premature twins, found it difficult to contain her emotions when she discussed the critical needs of premature babies.
“When it comes to events to support children’s charities, I’m always ready to help,” Joseph said. “Groups like the March of Dimes impact people on a deep, emotional level as the very lives of newborns are at stake. Supporting a group like this means you are helping babies at the onset of their lives and their parents when they too are in incredibly vulnerable states.”
Dade County Federal joined other top sponsors including Publix, Sabadell, Allied Solutions, CUNA Mutual Group and Chase in fielding large teams of employee walkers. For Dade County Federal, the walk represented a celebration for months of fundraising efforts that were championed by nearly every credit union employee.
“We asked our employees and our members to think and act creatively and they responded,” said Mauricio Morales, vice president of marketing and business development for Dade County Federal. “Pizza, baked goods and even ‘gently used’ purses were sold with the proceeds going directly to the March of Dimes.”
Dade County Federal Credit Union maintains 14 branches including its mobile branch, and is a not-for-profit financial institution that is owned by the members and operated exclusively for their benefit. For more information, visit online at www.dcfcu.org.