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Alaska Credit Union League Donates $15,000 to Upper Susitna Food Pantry

Jun 24, 2019 | Finance, News, Nonprofits

The Alaska Credit Union League presents a total of $15,000 to the Upper Susitna Food Pantry. Pictured (from left): Ed Gravley, CEO, Matanuska Valley Federal Credit Union; Anthony Rizk, CEO, Spirit of Alaska Federal Credit Union; Louanne Carroll-Tysdal, Executive Director, Upper Susitna Food Pantry; and Dan McCue, President, Alaska Credit Union League.

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TALKEETNA—The Alaska Credit Union League (ACUL) held its annual meeting in Talkeetna, Alaska and during that meeting, members of the eleven participating credit unions held an auction which raised $7,840 all of which was donated to the Talkeetna-based Upper Susitna Food Pantry. As members of the Alaska Credit Union League, several credit unions also supported the Upper Susitna Food Pantry through individual donations. The additional donors including Spirit of Alaska Federal Credit Union with a donation of $1,000, Matanuska Valley Federal Credit Union with a $2,000 donation, and Alaska USA Foundation and Credit Union 1 with a donation of $2,080 each. These additional donations combined with the auction made for a total donation of $15,000 to the nonprofit organization.

The Upper Susitna Food Pantry serves the needs of the community that covers approximately 900 square miles. On a daily basis, the Food Pantry provides individuals who reside in Sunshine, Talkeetna, Chase, Trapper Creek, and Upper Caswell Lakes with needed supplemental food supplies that help to alleviate food insufficiency.

“Talkeetna was a fantastic location for the 2019 annual meeting,” said Dan McCue, president, Alaska Credit Union League. “The Upper Susitna Food Pantry is an organization that makes a real difference in the lives of the individuals they serve, and the donations are a small token of appreciation for the city that hosted us so graciously.”

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