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Desert Schools Credit Union Earns Prestigious Award

The Mountain West Credit Union Foundation raised approximately $30,000 to support the Mountain West Credit Union Foundation and presented six prestigious awards at this year’s Mountain West Credit Union Foundation Annual Star Gala. The 5th Annual Star Gala, celebrated on Oct. 12, 2012 was emceed by television and radio personalities Denise Plante and Murphy Huston of the “Murphy & Denise Morning Show” on KOSI 101.

Each year, the Star Gala is held to honor outstanding credit unions and credit union professionals. This year, awards were presented to:

• Sooper Credit Union — Credit Union of the Year Award (100M – 500M)
• Desert Schools Credit Union — Credit Union of the Year Award (over 500M)
• Susan J. Brayman, Director Bellco Credit Union — Distinguished Service Award recipient.
• Carroll Beach, Chairman Elevations Credit Union — Distinguished Service Award recipient.
• Kara Kirschner of First Credit Union — Emerging Leader Award recipient.
• Pima Federal Credit Union — Community Impact Award recipient.
• Partner Colorado Credit Union — Honorable mention for the Community Impact award.

“The 5th Annual Star Gala was an outstanding success that underscored all the hard work credit unions and their dedicated staff and volunteers do on behalf of their members and their communities. Credit unions make a difference everyday in their tireless work and are a model of their people helping people philosophy,” said John Uchida, President and CEO of Space Age Federal Credit Union and Chairman of the Mountain West Credit Union Foundation.

The event was well attended with more than 260 credit union professionals and volunteers. Gold and Silver level sponsors included: 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.

About the Mountain West Credit Union Association
The Mountain West Credit Union Association is the regional tri-state trade association representing 154 member credit unions, 3.2 million credit union members and $29 billion in assets throughout Arizona, Colorado, and Wyoming.  Not-for-profit in nature, credit unions provide low cost financial services to their members.  Founded in 2011, the Mountain West Credit Union Association serves and supports member credit unions through advocacy, communications, community outreach, education & training, operations, public affairs and regulatory & compliance services. The Mountain West Credit Union Association is affiliated with Credit Union National Association (CUNA), World Council of Credit Unions (WOCCU), and CUNA Mutual Group.