Galesburg resident wins $500 for herself; $500 for Boy Scouts in honor of International Credit Union Day

Galesburg resident Lori Whipple-Baker says she is still in shock after learning she is the $500 winner of a recent Facebook contest we hosted in recognition of International Credit Union Day. Held every year on the third Thursday in October, International Credit Union Day is an opportunity for us to toot our own horn, so to speak, as we celebrate the attributes that make credit unions unique – lower fees, better interest rates, and core values that put the well-being of members before profits.

Lori has been a member of Advia since 2002, is active on our Facebook page, and says she participated in the contest because we offer a lot of opportunities to our members. In response to the question, “What’s your advantage of membership at Advia?,” Lori commented that she loves the friendly and convenient service and our EMV chip debit card, which adds additional fraud protection for her account.
The unexpected windfall comes at a good time for her as well as she is studying to be a certified nurse assistant at Kellogg Community College. “I paid five bills that I don’t have to worry about anymore and treated my son, Wayne, 12, to an unexpected gift: an Xbox controller and headset,” she says.

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As part of the contest, we are also making a $500 donation to a community organization on the winner’s behalf and Lori was just as excited to pay it forward by choosing her son’s boy scout troop to receive the donation as she was in winning the contest herself. Boy Scout Leader Ralph Guitar says troop #265 will use the funds to send three boys to a weeklong camp this summer at Camp Tamarack.

“We are always looking for fundraisers to support our scouts that need help paying for scout camp so this donation is very helpful,” says Ralph. “Summer camp is pretty important for the boys’ development – it’s a chance for them to learn their outdoor skills and flag services and complete merit badge work that enables them to increase in rank.”

Nearly 200 members in Michigan, Wisconsin and Illinois responded to our Facebook contest.