ST. PAUL, MINN. (August 27, 2019) – Affinity Plus Federal Credit Union recently donated $16,000 as a sponsor of the first-ever GIVE16 Honors. Well-known TV and radio personality, Carly Zucker, and her husband, Minnesota Wild forward Jason Zucker, are hosts of the inaugural event. The GIVE16 Honors is an opportunity for the community to come together and celebrate 16 individuals, organizations, teams or nonprofits who are making an impact.
The event will take place Wednesday, August 28, 2019, at the Hutton House in Medicine Lake, Minnesota. Nominations were open to the public in an effort to shed light on others who have made a commitment to the community.
“The Give16 Honors presented by 3M Open is an event to honor all the exceptional work people, companies and nonprofits do in our community who might not otherwise be recognized,” said Jason Zucker. “Carly and I are so grateful for our generous donors, especially Affinity Plus Federal Credit Union, who are helping us make this event a night to remember. We know that the generosity will help recognize all of the evening’s 2019 GIVE16 Honors recipients, who go above and beyond in their communities.”
“Giving back – now that is a huge part of who we are and who we aspire to be. We are always searching for ways to partner with like-minded organizations,” said Dave Larson, President and CEO of Affinity Plus Federal Credit Union. “When the opportunity to be part of the GIVE16 Honors came to light, we knew that the cause aligned with what we do here at Affinity Plus. It’s an honor to help recognize 16 individuals who are making an impact in the Twin Cities community.”
One of the 16 recipients is Eunice Adjei from the Jugaad Leadership Program. Adjei is an Affinity Plus Member, and is the founder of the St. Cloud-based Jugaad Leadership Program, which is a program designed to equip participants with knowledge, skill sets, and resources to be effective in leading change at the grassroots level. This program attracts minority students, residents, newcomers and professionals by empowering them to be leaders and advocates in their respective communities. Jugaad Leadership Program also received an Affinity Plus community grant in 2018. Affinity Plus has also partnered with the program for the last three years by providing financial education.
The community is invited to come out to honor the 16 recipients and enjoy food, drinks and entertainment. Tickets for the event can be purchased by visiting www.give16honors.com
Based in St. Paul, Minn., Affinity Plus Federal Credit Union is a not-for-profit, financial cooperative that puts people first above profits. Members of Affinity Plus receive maximum value through competitive rates, minimal fees, and unique, member-centric products and programs. Established in 1930, Affinity Plus has 28 branches located throughout Minnesota and is owned by more than 200,000 members. Affinity Plus has over $2 billion in assets. Additional information is available at www.affinityplus.org or by calling (800) 322-7228.
About GIVE16 + The Zucker Family Suite and Broadcast Studio
Minnesota Wild’s Jason Zucker and his wife Carly, a well-known TV and radio personality, have had a deep and meaningful connection to University of Minnesota Masonic Children’s Hospital since the 2016 introduction to 8-year-old Tucker Helstrom. From the moment Jason walked into Tucker’s hospital room, a friendship between the two kindled and Jason and Carly’s life was changed forever. Helstrom was the inspiration behind the GIVE16 campaigns that raise money for University of Minnesota Masonic Children’s Hospital and the Zucker Family Suite and Broadcast Studio.
The dual-purpose space marries Jason’s NHL career and Carly’s broadcast career. Programming produced in the broadcast studio ranges from music request hours to game shows, celebrity visits and more. The space also replicates the experience of a Minnesota Wild suite, with a ticketed entrance, food and beverage options, a large projection screen and two NHL goal lights that go off when the Wild score, creating an unforgettable experience for families unable to leave the hospital.