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Alliant Credit Union Employees Pull A Cargo Jet To Raise Money For Special Olympics Illinois


Two teams of 20 employees each from Chicago-based Alliant Credit Union recently participated in the 2011 Plane Pull to benefit Special Olympics Illinois, held at Chicago's O'Hare International Airport. The Alliant teams competed among 25 others from Chicago area public safety, service and business communities who pulled a UPS cargo aircraft 12 feet in a tug-of-war style event.

Alliant Credit Union’s Blue Team members pose happily after pulling giant cargo jet across the finish line. Alliant’s charitable foundation donated $50 to Special Olympics Illinois on behalf of each participating employee volunteer.

Alliant Credit Union Foundation donated money to Special Olympics on behalf of the credit union's employee volunteers by paying their $50 Plane Pull registration fees totaling $2,000 for the 40 Alliant employee volunteers. According to Ms. Sandy Beckman, Alliant's Supervisor of Member & Special Services, who coordinated the credit union's Plane Pull involvement, "Pulling that plane along the runway was unbelievable, and we really loved helping Special Olympics."

Alliant’s Tan Team prepares to pull a UPS cargo jet at the 2011 Plane Pull for Special Olympics. This was one of two 20-member teams of Alliant employee volunteers who helped raise money for this great cause.

Wayne Rosenwinkel, Alliant Credit Union Chief Investment Officer and Foundation Vice President, volunteered for the event as well. He saluted all participating Alliant employees and said, "Our Foundation is delighted to donate to such a worthy cause. We really like supporting and encouraging Alliant employees who volunteer for charitable activities such as the Plane Pull for Special Olympics."

Alliant Tan Team members pull hard toward recording one of the fastest times among more than 25 teams in the Plane Pull for Special Olympics. Visible Alliant volunteers include (L to R) Derek O’Sullivan, Lourdes Guzman, Rolando Reyes, Pat Broten and Sean Kang.

Headquartered near O'Hare Airport at Touhy Avenue and Wolf Road, Alliant Credit Union was founded in 1935. It is America's sixth largest credit union in asset size with $7.8 billion in assets and 280,000 members nationwide. Alliant's members include employees, family members and retirees of United Airlines and other select employee groups, along with people who live or work in qualifying communities in the Chicago area.

Alliant Credit Union employee volunteers enjoying a rewarding experience for a great cause at the Plane Pull for Special Olympics. (L to R) Claudia Lojeski, Nicolas Vargas, Lessette Fernandez and Chris McNamara.

Alliant Credit Union Foundation was established through a credit union grant in 2009 to promote economic empowerment and self-sufficiency of people, especially in the communities in which Alliant Credit Union members and employees live and work.

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