Wed, Nov 9, 2016
MECU of Baltimore Inc., Baltimore’s credit union, kicked off its 80th anniversary celebration a short time ago. MECU Board Chair Herman Williams, Jr. and MECU President and CEO John Hamilton, along with MECU members and special guests, paid tribute to the rich history of the credit union.
“Our 80th anniversary celebration marks a milestone in MECU history that signals our strong commitment to the Baltimore community,” said Herman Williams Jr., MECU’s Board Chair. “No other financial institution cares more deeply about the success of Baltimore than MECU. We are the largest Baltimore-based financial institution and we are dedicated to supporting our members, communities and organizations that make Baltimore great.”
MECU’s anniversary celebration was held at its 7 East Redwood St. headquarters. During the celebration, MECU members, some who have been members since the 1950s, spoke about the role the credit union has played in their lives.
"MECU has been a prominent part of my career," said Delores S. Harvey, an associate professor at Coppin State University and an educator for 57 years. "MECU was there for the important times in my life."
Cindy Williams, Chief Executive Director of Loving Arms, a non-profit emergency shelter for at-risk youth, praised MECU for its support and said its backing will enable the organization to expand the number of beds it offers to homeless youth in Baltimore City. "Thanks to MECU we are providing a home for children in Baltimore City," she said.
During this afternoon's celebration activities ranged from $80 raffles to candid photos in a Pixilated photo booth. There was also a prize wheel, live band, refreshments and a special appearance by former Baltimore Ravens star running back and Super Bowl champion Jamal Lewis. Nearly 200 MECU employees, board members, credit union members and prominent city officials attended to the anniversary.
“We are looking forward to continuing to serve Baltimore and helping our members prosper for many years to come," said John Hamilton, President and Chief Executive Officer of MECU. "Last year, we made $197 million in loans in our community alone and our staff worked more than 4,250 volunteer hours helping charitable organizations. We measure our success by the number of lives we touch.”