2012 Star Gala
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On Friday night—October 12, 2012—the Mountain West Credit Union Foundation celebrated the very best in the three state credit union community.  The night was supported by many including the Gold and Silver level sponsors: Bellco Credit Union, CUNA Mutual Group, Desert Schools Federal Credit Union, Elevations Credit Union, Mountain West Credit Union Association, Strategic Partners, Berenbaum Weinshienk, Centennial Lending, Ent Federal Credit Union, and Westerra Credit Union.

The night was punctuated by the Gala’s award presentation Emceed by Emmy Award winning, television and radio personalities Denise Plante and Murphy Huston of the “Murphy & Denise Morning Show” on KOSI 101.  Denise and Murphy presented six awards to a crowd of more than 260 credit union participants.  The award lineup included:

Sooper Credit Union- Credit Union of the Year Award (100M - 500M) recipient for their innovative Clean Energy Loan program which provides loans to businesses and individuals to purchase solar panels and other energy saving initiatives.

Desert Schools Federal Credit Union- Credit Union of the Year Award (over 500M) recipient for their innovative internal profitability programs that leveraged a sporting theme and prioritized programs that brought the strongest impact to the bottom line.

Susan J. Brayman, Director Bellco Credit Union- Distinguished Service Award recipient. Ms. Brayman was recognized for her tireless work serving the credit union community at Mountain West Credit Union Association (then the Colorado Credit Union League), the Association of Credit Union League Executives, Filene Institute, Credit Union Service Corporation, the Mountain West Credit Union Foundation, Bellco Credit Union, and Strategic Partners (then Colleague Services).

Carroll Beach, Chairman Elevations Credit Union- Distinguished Service Award recipient. Mr. Beach served on the Credit Union National Association Board of Directors, Credit Union Legislative Action Committee, CUNA Mutual Group Advisory Committee, Credit Union Service Corporation Board of Directors, Credit Union House Board Chair, American Association of Credit Union Leagues Chairman, Credit Union Service Network of Colorado, President and CEO of Colorado Credit Union System, CEO of SunCorp, President of Credit Union Service Corporation, and President COO of CO-OP Shared Branching.

Kara Kirschner of First Credit Union- Emerging Leader Award recipient. Kara is active in her Mountain West Credit Union Association Chapter, the Arizona Youth Involvement Network  and her local Chamber of Commerce.Kara is also a Credit Union Development Educator.

Pima Federal Credit Union- Community Impact Award recipient. Pima Federal Credit Union’s outstanding Community Stewardship Program that focuses on giving back to the community by engaging credit union employees to volunteer for the charitable organization of their choice.  The program initiated in early 2011resulted in 131 employees (85% of all staff) spending 1,039 hours volunteering for the local community.

Partner Colorado Credit Union—Honorable mention for the Community Impact award.  Partner Colorado Credit Union’s Kappa Alpha Psi (Financial Literacy and Partnership) program received honorable mention for their outstanding community based program that provides financial education to young (black) male high schools students that have applied and been excepted to the Kappa college preparation program.
Pima Federal Credit Union Community Impact Video

Partner Colorado Credit Union Community Impact Video