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Sunmark Charitable Community Foundation Awards $20,000 to Area Non-Profits

The Sunmark Charitable Community Foundation (Sunmark Foundation) today announced the recipients of the fifth annual ICU Awards. In celebration of International Credit Union Day (ICU Day), which is celebrated on the third Thursday of October and celebrates the spirit of the global credit union movement, the Sunmark Foundation honors individuals and organizations that have contributed their time, talent, or treasure to better our communities, living out the credit union philosophy of people helping people. Honorees were presented their awards in an event held at Ellms Family Farm in Ballston Spa.

The three recipients of the People Helping People recognition include Bring on the Spectrum; Mom Starts Here; and Perfect Ten. Each organization was presented with a $5,000 donation from the Sunmark Foundation to assist them in their mission.

The Susan V. Siegel Community Service Leader Award - presented to an individual who has made a meaningful contribution to their community – was awarded to David Gordon of the Boys & Girls Clubs of the Capital Area. As the recipient of the award, the Sunmark Foundation will present a $2,500 donation to Boys & Girls Clubs of the Capital Area.

For the second consecutive year, the Sunmark Foundation presented the It’s Cool to be Kind Student Leader Award. This honor awards $2,500 to the charity of choice of one current student, 18 or younger, who has made a meaningful contribution to their community through donation of time, talent or treasure.  Debron Eley of the NAACP Youth Council was presented with a $2,500 donation.

Audrey Stone, Sunmark Credit Union’s Community Engagement Program Manager, said, “The Sunmark Charitable Community Foundation remains devoted to the credit union mission of people helping people. We’re proud to continue displaying that devotion through our fifth annual ICU Day Awards. Our focus remains on going deep into the communities Sunmark Credit Union serves to help shine a light on organizations and individuals that work to help improve their communities and the lives of others. We believe that each of this year’s honorees are doing just that, and we’re thankful to be able to distribute meaningful donations to them that will allow them to continue to do great work.”                                  

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About the Sunmark Charitable Community Foundation: The establishment of the Sunmark Charitable Community Foundation in 2015 has expanded Sunmark Credit Union’s abilities to support local, nonprofit organizations in our fourteen-county charter area by providing financial contributions, in-kind services, and volunteer support. There are zero administrative costs: 100% of every donation goes directly to helping those who need it. www.sunmarkfcu.org/foundation

About Sunmark Credit Union: Since 1937, Sunmark Credit Union ($1 billion in assets; 87,000+ members) has been helping members improve their financial position. Sunmark is committed to the financial health and well-being of each member by offering tools that educate and inform and products and services that make it easier to reach financial goals. For more information, call 866-SUNMARK or visit www.sunmark.org.

About Bring on the Spectrum: Bring on the Spectrum's community space offers social, recreational and lifestyle activities for neurodiverse and neurotypical children, teens and adults.

About Mom Starts Here: Mom Starts Here walks with Capital Region families along their parenting journey, providing support for their internal and external needs and enabling parents to show up their best for themselves and their children.

About Perfect Ten: Perfect Ten's mission is to empower girls with the courage and skills required to develop and achieve their personal goals and to build an independent, self-supporting future in adulthood.

About David Gordon: David works with the Boys & Girls Clubs of the Capital Area to mentor teens and help them find their purpose and place in the world while connecting them to resources and jobs to keep them on the right path toward success.

About Debron Eley: Debron Eley is an executive member of the NAACP Junior Youth Council where he campaigns to bring awareness and support to the bill that would stop the sale of menthol cigarettes, and candy flavored/toy looking vapes that target children and black communities.

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