CHARLOTTE, N.C. (11/7/14)--Not to be outdone by former rival Earvin "Magic" Johnson--who spoke at the California and Nevada Credit Union Leagues' annual conference last month--Michael Jordan's NBA team, the Charlotte Hornets, hosted the first-ever Charlotte Hornets' CU Appreciation Night earlier this month.
Carolinas Credit Union Foundation staff and credit union participants assemble at center court for a group shot at the first-ever Charlotte Hornets' CU Appreciation Night. (Carolinas Credit Union League Photo)
The event was sponsored by the Carolinas Credit Union Foundation.
"As part of its reinvention, the Charlotte Hornets looked to the Carolinas Credit Union League to put a group together," said John McGrail, foundation president/CEO, alluding to the franchise's recent name change. "The league immediately thought of the foundation as an avenue to make this fundraising event come together."
The idea to sponsor a game was spurred by the Northwest Credit Union Association's (NWCUA) recent sponsorship of a Portland Trailblazers game.
Nearly 150 credit union staff, families and members attended the Hornets game, with $65 million-asset Winston-Salem (N.C.) FCU leading the way with 40 fans; and $86 million-asset Carolina Postal CU, Charlotte, with 22.
Members of the foundation and of various credit unions were honored before the game at center court, and individual credit unions in attendance were featured on the announcement boards during the game and on the jumbo-tron at halftime.
After the game, Dominick Principato, Hornets account executive of group sales, said "We, of course, could not have hosted the event without your initial high interest and excitement in the idea and I greatly appreciate all efforts of the Carolinas Credit Union Foundation."