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Pelican State CU Hosts FREE Kids Bike Race and Gives Away $2,000 in Prizes

DENHAM SPRINGS, LOUISIANA - On Saturday, July 21, 2018, Pelican State Credit Union hosted its 15th Annual Free Kids Bike Race. 75 kids, 18 sponsors and 26 Pelican team members participated in this year’s event, making it their largest bike race to date.

An officer from the Denham Springs Police Department led the group in warmup laps around the track, setting pace with his motorcycle. Kids ages 10–12 raced first followed by ages 6–9 and under 5. Last but not least, it was the parents’ turn. Dads and moms raced on their children’s bikes as “Eye of the Tiger” rang out as their anthem. 

In addition to the races, there were refreshments, a bounce house, a fire truck, Livingston Parish Sheriff’s Office’s SWAT vehicle, balloon animals, face painting, goody bags and other giveaways from sponsors. Parents and children also had the opportunity to win door prizes, including three Area 51 parties! Pelican gave away over $2,000 worth of prizes and goodies at the event.  

Sponsors of the event included: Abundant Life Church, Alford's Landscaping, Balloonatics of Baton Rouge, Big Mike's Sports Bar & Grill, Brushfire Art Studio, Chick-fil-A, Coca-Cola, Denham Springs Fire Department, Denham Springs Police Department, Gordon Development, Juban Crossing Modern Dentistry, Labarre Associates, Livingston Parish Library, Livingston Parish Sherriff's Office, Raising Cane’s, Senior Advisory Group, Sport-N-Center and Wallace Entertainment Services.

The bike race began in 2004 as a passion project of a Pelican team member whose hobby was cycling. It has grown and become a summertime staple in the Denham Springs community. The races have always been free, with the credit union encouraging parents to leave their wallets at home. Many of Pelican’s Select Employer Group partners have become involved with the race by providing goody bag items, monetary donations, refreshments and entertainment at the event.

Pelican’s Denham Springs branch is located at 145 Rushing Road, and members can benefit from free one-on-one credit counseling, a variety of convenient products and opportunities to participate in giveaways throughout the year. For more information about becoming a member, contact Denham Springs Branch Manager Amy Kennedy at 225-408-6228.

About Pelican State Credit Union

For over 60 years, Pelican State Credit Union has been providing financial services to individuals and their families throughout the state of Louisiana. The credit union is dedicated to improving the lives of its members through safe, competitive products and educational services. Pelican was originally chartered as the Department of Hospitals Credit Union, located in downtown Baton Rouge, to serve Louisiana charity hospitals, mental health centers and state office personnel. Pelican has since grown into one of the largest state chartered credit unions in Louisiana now serving over 50,000 members. For information, visit pelicanstatecu.com.


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