CAP COM partners with YWCA and announces winners for annual BIG Benefit Raffle

From the desk of Kate Fruscione, Public Relations Strategist at CAP COM Federal Credit Union.

From the left: Paula Stopera, President and CEO, CAP COM Federal Credit Union, Paige Rueckert, Community and Youth Advocate, Bonnie Benson, YWCA, Ellen Randolph, YWCA, Jenifer Whiston, YWCA, Starletta Smith, YWCA, Virginia Marinello, YWCA, Daquetta Jones, YWCA, Amanda Goyer, Community Relations Manager, and Edward Gilligan, Chairman of CAP COM Federal Credit Union’s Board of Directors.

CAP COM Federal Credit Union and its charitable giving arm, the CAP COM Cares Foundation, has announced the eight lucky winners of the 2018 spring BIG Benefit Raffle. Twice a year the Credit Union runs a two month campaign where a maximum of 4,000 raffle tickets were sold. Tickets were open to both members and non-members of the Credit Union, and sold for $25 each.

The BIG Benefit Raffle raised a grand total of $100,000 and the funds were distributed in three ways.  $21,000 was awarded to eight community winners for large cash prizes. $10,000 was awarded to the 2018 beneficiary, YWCA of the Greater Capital Region, and the remaining $69,000 is being distributed to year-round foundation funding to CAP COM’s more than 100 community partners.

Picking YWCA-GCR as the 2018 beneficiary helped tell a story with members when they purchased their raffle tickets, while allowing CAP COM to share the great work of some of their community pillars and partners. The $10,000 will support YWCA-GCR’s Centennial Celebration Building Fund “100 Challenge” for their beautiful 100-year-old building to continue to be a source of support, hope and empowerment for women and families in our community.

The 2018 Spring BIG Benefit Raffle Winners are:

  • $10,000: David Koonz, Albany
  • $5,000: Sean Ritter, Ballston Lake
  • $1,000: John Gebhardt, Loudonville
  • $1,000: Ronald Bell Jr., Westerlo
  • $1,000: Bridget Daniels, Schenectady
  • $1,000: Sarah Merlik, Castleton
  • $1,000: Devan Patenaude, Latham
  • $1,000: Noreen Connor, East Greenbush

CAP COM Community Relations Manager, Amanda Goyer said, “We are thrilled to partner with the YWCA-GCR to help them continue to deliver crucial services that are life-changing for individuals in our Region. The YWCA’s programs create impact that last. They help women and children get back on their feet and stay on their feet so they can sustain a productive lifestyle. The longevity of the YWCA’s impact is so important, and one of the reasons why the CAP COM Cares Foundation feels so strongly about getting behind their mission.”

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