The League of Southeastern Credit Unions & Affiliates (LSCU) contributed $15,000 to the OneOrlando Fund. The trade association for credit unions in Alabama and Florida hosted its annual Southeast Credit Union Conference & Expo (SCUCE) in Orlando, Fla., just days after the shooting at the Pulse nightclub. Orlando is a major credit union city in Florida with 18 credit unions being based in America’s top tourist destination.
“Credit unions are locally-owned, cooperative financial institutions that work closely with our members and are a big part of their communities,” said LSCU & Affiliates Chairman Alvin J. Cowans, who is also President/CEO of McCoy Federal Credit Union in Orlando. “This tragedy strikes all of us deeply, especially my credit union, which serves the Orlando area. We want to ensure that our community begins the healing process, and this donation will provide some relief to the victims, their families and others that were touched in some way by this tragedy.”
“The events of last week coincided with our annual convention in Orlando, which we consider our adopted home as we annually bring over 1,000 credit union officials to town for this event,” said LSCU President and CEO Patrick La Pine. “Our board wanted to do something to show its support for a community that has been such a great partner for us and this event. Credit unions have a philosophy of ‘People Helping People,’ and this is a living example of it.”
The LSCU & Affiliates has held its signature Southeast Credit Union Conference & Expo in Orlando for seven years. During this year’s conference, in addition to the donation, attendees held a moment of silence for the victims of the June 12 shooting.