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Zeal CU Makes Donation to Local Children's Hospital

Livonia, MI (January 16, 2019)In June 2018, Zeal Credit Union made an auction donation of $500 which was matched by the Michigan Credit Union League (MCUL) for a signed and framed a piece of art made by Jonny Hendricks, an 11-year-old boy receiving cancer treatment at Beaumont Children’s to benefit Children’s Miracle Network (CMN).

“I met Jonny at the auction last year, and his strength and positive attitude was inspiring,” said Lisa Fawcett, chief marketing officer for Zeal Credit Union. “Jonny’s artwork is displayed in our headquarters and is a daily illustration of our credit union values of passion, empathy and character.”

To show the impact Jonny’s story and artwork had on Zeal Credit Union, staff participated in a drive to send cards to Jonny, including pictures of the different departments holding his artwork. Staff also wrote individual cards of support for Jonny and a gift of drawing items was included in a holiday package sent to Jonny.

In December, the credit union hosted a Jingle Bell Rock party for families at Westland Shopping Center attended by 160 children. In addition to playing holiday style games, making crafts and enjoying refreshments, children were invited to make handmade cards for patients at Beaumont Children’s Hospital in Royal Oak.

For each card made, Zeal Credit Union pledged to donate $1 for up to 250 cards to the Beaumont Foundation for CMN. Westland Shopping Center agreed to match the donation.

As a result, Zeal Credit Union recently donated a total of $1,500 that included $500 from the Jingle Bell Rock party along with an additional $1,000 from the credit union.

Zeal Credit Union CEO Tony Carnarvon and additional Zeal employees paid a visit to Beaumont Children’s in mid-December to present the check and also receive a tour of the children’s hospital.

“Seeing the incredible children’s facility and witnessing firsthand what Children’s Miracle Network does to help kids made a tremendous impact on all of us,” said Carnarvon. “We continue to thank Jonny for how he inspired us.”

Tom McGannon, vice president community engagement, Beaumont Health Foundation, said, “Children’s Miracle Network is a nonprofit organization that partners locally with Beaumont Children’s to help support pediatric health needs in metropolitan Detroit. We rely on the generosity of organizations like Zeal Credit Union to support Beaumont’s many children’s programs.”

He added, “As the only Children’s Miracle Network Hospital in Southeast Michigan, Beaumont Children’s relies on Zeal Credit Union’s support to provide a variety of programs, from bike safety education helping kids avoid accidents to specialized rehabilitation equipment teaching kids how to walk. Their on-going support is helping so many children in our community.”

Zeal Credit Union is a full-service, non-profit financial institution with more than 61,000 members, assets exceeding $570 million and 13 full-service branch offices in metro Detroit. Members also have access to more than 5,000 shared branches and nearly 30,000 ATMs nationwide. Member deposits are insured to $250,000 by the National Credit Union Administration (NCUA), a U.S. government agency. For more information about Zeal Credit Union, visit the credit union website www.ZealCreditUnion.org or call 800-321-8570.


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