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April 15, 2014                                                                        517.487.3700; cell 517.898.285                                                                                                                            

LAFCU OPENS nominations for military salutes at Lugnuts games

LANSING, Mich. – LAFCU’s Community Champions program has opened public nominations for veterans and current members of the military to be honored at Lansing Lugnuts games this summer.

“It’s natural to feel patriotic when surrounded by icons of American culture — baseball, hot dogs and fireworks,” said Kelli A. Ellsworth-Etchison, LAFCU’s vice president of community and business development. “Cooley Law School Stadium is a great place to honor our American champions for their dedicated service to our country.”

The Lugnuts will host 18 LAFCU Fireworks Spectaculars during the 2014 season. One honoree will be recognized at each of these games beginning Friday, May 2.

Each honoree will receive four tickets to the game, the opportunity to throw a ceremonial first pitch and a video-board salute during the game.

“The Lugnuts are privileged to welcome and acknowledge the men and women who have selflessly served our great country,” said Lugnuts General Manager Nick Grueser. “We are pleased to be able to partner with LAFCU to honor these true community champions.”

Ellsworth-Etchison said that the nominees’ military and community service will be considered in the selection process.

Honoree selections will be made throughout the summer. Deadlines for the individual events begin Friday, April 25, for the LAFCU Fireworks Spectacular on Friday, May 2, and conclude Friday, Aug. 22, for the last event on Sunday, Aug. 31.

To nominate a deserving community champion, write a paragraph about why the nominee should receive this recognition and identify the nominee’s branch of service and current rank or rank at time of discharge. Also include any military awards or recognitions earned by the nominee.

Nominations can be submitted via email,, or mailed to LAFCU Community Champions, 106 N. Marketplace Blvd., Lansing, MI 48917.

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Chartered in 1936, LAFCU is proud to be mid-Michigan’s credit union, serving the counties of Barry, Calhoun, Clinton, Eaton, Gratiot, Ingham, Ionia, Jackson, Livingston, Montcalm and Shiawassee. A recipient of the Dora Maxwell Social Responsibility Award, LAFCU takes pride in bringing value to the financial lives of its members, neighbors, families and community. Offering a comprehensive range of personal and business financial products, LAFCU provides services that include checking and savings accounts, auto and mortgage lending, business accounts and business lending. LAFCU serves 55,000 members, holds more than $560 million in assets, and maintains eight locations throughout Greater Lansing and Shiawassee County. Anyone who lives, works, worships or attends school in its designated counties is eligible to join. Members enjoy benefits, such as lower interest rates on loans, higher yields on savings, insurance discounts, preferred seating for LAFCU-sponsored events, and access to 28,000 surcharge-free ATMs through the CO-OP ATM network. LAFCU supports and enriches mid-Michigan by donating funds and employee volunteer hours to many organizations and causes. To learn more about LAFCU’s services, visit or call 517.622.6600.


About the Lansing Lugnuts

The Lansing Lugnuts, Class-A Affiliate of the Toronto Blue Jays, 'Go Nuts' as they enter their 19th season in Michigan's Capital City. Featured in USA Today and on CNN for their successes, the Lugnuts make their home at beautiful Cooley Law School Stadium. Built in 1996, Cooley Law School Stadium continues to be a key component in revitalizing Lansing's downtown while providing fun, affordable, family entertainment to fans in Mid-Michigan and beyond. Find them online:


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