2022 Awards Gala

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The 2022 Awards Gala is set to take place during the Carolinas Credit Union League’s LAUNCH Conference on February 9, 2023. Plan to join us at our new venue, Embassy Suites by Hilton Charlotte Concord Golf Resort & Spa for an inspiring night of celebration and networking. Creighton Blackwell returns as emcee to lead the evening’s recognition of 2022 Hero Awards honorees, which includes four individuals and two credit unions, and 23 state-level 2022 CUNA Awards winners (all noted below). Details on Gala sponsorships and tickets ($150 each) are available at carolinasleague.org/launch. Business partners interested in attending or sponsoring the Gala can do so here. The 2022 Awards Gala cocktail reception will begin at 5:30 with dinner seating starting at 6:30. This will be a semi-formal event so cocktail attire is encouraged. The Awards Gala is a premier fundraising event with proceeds benefiting the Carolinas Credit Union Foundation.

2022 Hero Award Honorees

Andrew Williams and Carolinas Clay volunteer

Partner in Philanthropy Award

Andrew Williams,
My CU Mortgage for the Carolinas Clay Classic

The Carolinas Clay Classic is a sporting clays fundraising tournament started by Andrew Williams in 2019 after meeting Michal Parker with Secured Advantage and her husband, Mike Hudson. Mike started and operates ROAR Outdoors, a non-profit with a mission to empower the disabled to get out and rediscover a love for life after a traumatic injury. Supported by the credit union industry, the Carolinas Clay Classic has raised nearly $40,000 for ROAR over the last four years through sponsorships, team participation, silent auction, and raffles. It’s Andrew’s commitment to volunteerism and the credit union philosophy of people helping people that has made the Carolinas Clay Classic such a success.
Carolina Foothills Federal Credit Union - We move you forward.

Advancing Equity Award

Carolina Foothills FCU’s external affordable housing loan program and cultivated community partnerships

Carolina Foothills FCU designed and implemented an equitable program for homeownership for those living at or below the poverty line in the Spartanburg, Greenville and Cherokee counties of South Carolina. This member-focused strategy combines financial education requirements, down payment assistance grants, ‘non-traditional’ forms of credit, and partnerships with community partners to help alleviate the obstacles to building wealth through homeownership.
Coastal Credit Union

Advancing Equity Award

Coastal CU’s internal Welcome Diversity culture.

In 2018, Coastal introduced an updated mission, vision, and values, which included Welcome Diversity as one of its core values. Since that time, Coastal has made very intentional efforts to advance its diversity, inclusion, and belonging (DIB) initiatives – educating employees (100% participation!), creating awareness against racism, increasing diversity representation in all levels, and cultivating a workplace where diverse perspectives and experiences are welcomed and respected.
Valerie Acclaim FCU

Lifetime Achievement Award

Valerie Marsh,
President & CEO Acclaim FCU

Valerie has never shied away from a challenge while serving in various accounting and operational roles over the course of her 43-year career working day in and day out at small credit unions in North Carolina. For the last 15 years as president and CEO, she has lead Acclaim’s growth from $23M to $60M in assets and has trained, equipped, and inspired the employees to value the credit union movement and never forget the member comes first, always. Valerie has plans to retire in 2023.
Chuck Purvis

Lifetime Achievement Award

Chuck Purvis,
President & CEO Coastal CU

Chuck has exhibited a strong dedication to giving back, improving the lives of those around him, and serving as a leader in the global credit union system for more than 40 years. He lives and breathes Coastal’s “Bank Better to Live Better” mission, and has even structured the company’s vision for success around a balanced approach to returning value to Coastal’s membership, employees, and the community. Chuck is set to retire in March 2023 and will leave an enduring positive impact on all of us.
Nick Wodogaza, Palmetto Citizens FCU

Lifetime Achievement Award

Nick Wodogaza,
President & CEO Palmetto Citizens FCU

Nick has served the credit union movement passionately for 41 years – 28 of those years leading Palmetto Citizens, where he oversaw the significant growth of the credit union from $102M in assets with 70 employees to now $1.3B in assets and over 300 employees. The movement has also benefited greatly through Nick’s steadfast board leadership with the Carolinas Credit Union League (formerly South Carolina Credit Union League), where he has served for more than 20 years. Retiring in January of 2023, Nick plans to continue serving credit unions, including his volunteer commitment with CUsTogether Employees and Leadership Conferences.

2022 CUNA State-Level Award Winners

Dora Maxwell Logo

The Dora Maxwell Social Responsibility Community Service Award

More than $1 Billion in Assets

1st – State Employees’ Credit Union
SECU Foundation Mission Development Grant Program

Palmetto Citizens Federal Credit Union logo

2nd – Palmetto Citizens Federal Credit Union
EmmanuWheel: Building Ramps for People in Need

SRP Federal Credit Union logo

Honorable Mention – SRP Federal Credit Union
High School Affinity Debit Card Program

Truliant Federal Credit Union

Honorable Mention – Truliant Federal Credit Union
License Plates for Local Nonprofit

$250 Million – $1 Billion in Assets

Rev Logo

1st – REV Federal Credit Union
REV Day for Good

spero logo

2nd – Spero Financial
Planting Seed of Hope in Our Community

Carolina Trust Federal Credit Union logo

Honorable Mention – Carolina Trust Federal Credit  Union
Living Local Carolina Social Responsibility Segments

summit Credit union

Honorable Mention – Summit Credit Union
Charity Car Show

Honorable Mention – Telco Community Credit Union
The Hope Chest for Women Project

Greenville Federal Credit Union logo

Honorable Mention – Greenville Federal Credit Union
Living Local Carolina Social Responsibility Segments

$50 Million – $250 Million in Assets

Acclaim Federal Credit Union logo

1st – Acclaim Federal Credit Union
50 Acts of Kindness

The Louise Herring Philosophy In Action Member Service Award

The Louise Herring Philosophy in Action Member Service Award

More than $1 Billion in Assets

1st – State Employees’ Credit Union
SECU*RE

Truliant Federal Credit Union

2nd – Truliant Federal Credit Union & Truliant Foundation
Employee Relief Fund Launch

Palmetto Citizens Federal Credit Union logo

Honorable Mention – Palmetto Citizens Federal Credit Union
A Call to Action 

SRP Federal Credit Union logo

Honorable Mention – SRP Federal Credit Union
Virtual Teller Machines

$250 Million – $1 Billion in Assets

Carolina Trust Federal Credit Union logo

1st – Carolina Trust Federal Credit Union
HubSpot Campaign

Desjardins Financial Education Awards logo

Desjardins Adult Financial Education Award

More than $1 Billion in Assets

SRP Federal Credit Union logo

1st – SRP Federal Credit Union
Adult Financial Education Focus

Allegacy Logo

2nd – Allegacy Federal Credit Union
Employee Financial Health Initiative

Palmetto Citizens Federal Credit Union logo

Honorable Mention – Palmetto Citizens Federal Credit Union
Palmetto Citizens University Webinar Series

$250 Million – $1 Billion in Assets

Carolina Trust Federal Credit Union logo

1st – Carolina Trust Federal Credit Union
Living Local Carolina Financial Friday

Desjardins Financial Education Awards logo

Desjardins Youth Financial Education Award

More than $1 Billion in Assets

Allegacy Logo

1st – Allegacy Federal Credit Union
Allegacy’s Student-Run Credit Union Program

Palmetto Citizens Federal Credit Union logo

2nd – Palmetto Citizens Federal Credit Union
Reality of Money Workshop for Teens

$50 Million – $250 Million in Assets

SPC Credit Union

1st – SPC Credit Union
All in Good Fun(ds) Financial Literacy BootCamp

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