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NAPERVILLE – May 1, 2015 – DuPage Credit Union received the 2014-2015 Friend of the DuPage IPA Award for its 2014 We’ve Got Your Back backpack fundraiser. The Credit Union was recognized at the IPA DuPage Region’s Annual Recognition Breakfast celebrating outstanding students in elementary, middle and high schools on April 27th at the Medinah Shriners Atrium in Addison.

“Here in DuPage County, over the last 25 years, businesses and organizations working alongside Catholic Charities have assisted families in need, in providing supplies or services to children in DuPage County with the goal of having students prepared to start school each fall,” stated DuPage IPA Region Director Ryan Anderson. “One of the components of the Back to School Fair, which our DuPage regional office has worked to obtain has been backpacks and supplies for students to help insure all students have the needed components to be able to walk into class on the first day, ready to go.

“Last year through a great effort by the DuPage Credit Union, who raised $10,000, the regional office was able to supply 500 backpacks and sets of supplies to high school students. This very generous work from the credit union allowed for many students and families to be supported at a time that frankly can be filled with a lot of stress and anxiety for those children as they may be worrying about being prepared to learn.”

Funds were raised through various events last summer, including the Credit Union’s Drive, Drop & Donate event at its Operations Center, t-shirt and candy sales, along with the generous support of the Members of DuPage Credit Union.

“We’re honored to receive the Friend of the DuPage IPA Award,” said Amy Brandt, Vice President of Business Solutions at DuPage Credit Union. “We proudly collected $10,000 and have doubled our goal this year, to $20,000, with hopes to help 1,000 students and their families for the upcoming school year.”

2015 We’ve Got Your Back Campaign

This year, the Credit Union and the DuPage Regional Office of Education (ROE) hope to raise $20,000 which will enable them to help 1,000 students of the nearly 5,000 local students who need assistance in DuPage County.

“When we began collecting school supplies a few years ago, we honestly had no idea how many kids in our own backyard were in need of basic supplies,” Brandt said, “It is our privilege to help students in DuPage County reach their highest potential.” One hundred percent of the proceeds will be used to purchase backpacks and basic supplies needed throughout the school year, such as paper, pencils, erasers, calculators, etc.

Sponsors of the 2015 Backpack Fundraiser are: BUY Bernadette & Yvonne of Coldwell Banker Residential Real Estate, Citadel Information Management, Chicago Title, Enterprise Car Sales, Jen Vonesh of Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Elite REALTORS, Clique Studios, Kaleidoscope, Suburban Life Media/Shaw Media, recreationalzoo.com, Freese & Associates Inc., Daniel And Associates Real Estate, That Special Touch Events, Aubrey Signs, Response Graphics & Embroidery LLC. and totallyUSAmade.com.

About DuPage Credit Union

DuPage Credit Union is a not-for-profit, full-service, financial institution with more than 33,000 Members. With a long-standing tradition of superior service, DuPage Credit Union offers financial solutions to anyone who lives or works in DeKalb, DuPage, Kane, Kendall, Lake, McHenry and Will counties. To learn more about DuPage Credit Union and the benefits of Membership, visit dupagecu.com or call 800-323-2611. Deposits are insured to $250,000 per account by American Share Insurance. By Member’s Choice this institution is not federally insured. DuPage Credit Union is an Equal Housing Opportunity. NMLS #445096.

About DuPage Regional Office of Education

The DuPage ROE provides a range of services, including: professional development, teacher certification, technology training, school improvement, student support, assessment, health, life safety and other related services to the 42 public school districts and 161,000 students of DuPage County.

About the Illinois Principal’s Association

The Illinois Principals Association is a leadership organization which serves almost 5000 educational leaders throughout the state of Illinois. You can find out more about the IPA at ilprincipals.org.

Watch the Award Ceremony Video
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Contact: Tami McQueen
Marketing Associate
DuPage Credit Union
630-428-3440 ext. 3068

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