Alexa Lucci, Author at Common Trust FCU

CTFCU Supporting Local Health Care as Platinum Sponsor of Step Out for Hospice

Common Trust Federal Credit Union has signed on as a Platinum Sponsor of the 21 st annual Step Out for Hospice, a benefit for VNA Hospice & Palliative Care on Sunday, Sept. 30, in Woburn

“We’re so grateful to Common Trust Federal Credit Union for their generous support of VNA Hospice & Palliative Care and their investment in the health of our communities through this sponsorship,” said Laura Wise, Manager of Fund Development.

“The VNA Hospice & Palliative Care play such a vital role in our communities and we’re happy to lend our support to such a great event,” said James McCorkle, President and CEO of Common Trust Federal Credit Union.

Step Out for Hospice raises essential funds to support the mission of VNA Hospice & Palliative Care. Established in 1979, the nonprofit provides comprehensive care and support to help individuals and their loved ones live as fully as possible while facing a terminal illness.

The 21 st annual Step Out for Hospice on Sunday, Sept. 30, begins at the Irish American Club of Woburn, 147 Main St. The free, 1-Mile Fun Run for children ages 13 and under starts at 11:30 a.m. Prizes and a limited number of T-shirts will be available for Fun Run participants. The 3-Mile Walk starts at noon, and 5-mile Road Race at 12:30 pm. Participants are invited to enjoy the post-walk/run festivities, including live music and dancing, chowder, hot dogs, popcorn, raffle, and silent auction.

Preregister now for the Walk or Road Race for a discounted fee of $30. Students may register for the Walk or Road Race for $15 (minimum age of 13 for the Road Race). Step Out for Hospice sweatshirts are guaranteed for Walk and Road Race entries received by Sept. 26. The Fun Run is free; preregistration is appreciated. To register, visit www.vnacare.org/stepout or call Deborah Corkum of VNA Hospice & Palliative Care at 888-663-3688, ext. 1362. Step Out for Hospice is presented by the Woburn Friends of VNA Hospice & Palliative Care, Irish American Club of Woburn, and Shamrock Running Club.


Photo: Members of the Woburn Friends of VNA Hospice & Palliative Care recently thanked Common Trust Federal Credit Union for their support as Platinum Sponsor of the 21st annual Step Out for Hospice. Back row, from left: Laura Wise, Manager of Fund Development for VNA Hospice & Palliative Care; Jamie Kelley, Co-Chair, and Robert Brown, Treasurer, both of the Woburn Friends of VNA Hospice & Palliative Care; and Frank Harmon, VP of Finance for Common Trust Federal Credit Union. Front row, from left: James M. McCorkle, President & CEO of Common Trust Federal Credit Union, and Brian Kelley, Co-Chair of the Woburn Friends.

CTFCU Funds Woburn Students to Attend DECA State Conference

Three local 10th grade students from the Woburn Memorial High School are heading to the statewide DECA competition thanks to two generous donations by CTFCU. There they will have the opportunity to develop business strategies and compete to win various awards.

DECA is an international organization that prepares students to become emerging leaders in various business careers through competitive events, professional development, and leadership conferences. These events empower students to exercise their soft skills as well as their critical thinking and creativity.

DECA’s High School Division includes 200,000 members in 3,500 schools. Jennifer Keenan, a teacher at Woburn Memorial High School, wanted to take advantage of the opportunity for her students to participate in this program. With the help of an initial donation from CTFCU, Keenan could begin the first DECA chapter in Woburn with six of her top 10th grade students.

The students seen (Anthony Colombo, John Kyle, Ashley Danizio, Sierra Bazzarella, Kelsey Doherty, Zachary Willis) attended their first DECA conference in December 2017. They competed against district 4 towns including Andover, Bedford, Burlington, Greater Lawrence Tech, Natick, Needham, Newton North, Newton South, Rivers School, Somerville, Weston, and Wilmington.

After their first-time success at the district conference, Woburn will move on to the state competition on March 8th to March 10th at the Copley Marriott in Boston. Teams were required to raise $2,500 to participate in the next round of events. On February 14th, James McCorkle, president of CTFCU, and Frank Harmon, VP of Finance, visited the high school and presented the students a check for the full amount.

“We are happy to support the inaugural DECA Program at Woburn Memorial High School. The success that these students achieved at the district competition is a testament to the hard work they and Mrs. Keenan have put in to starting this program,” Says McCorkle. “We look forward to continuing to support this and other programs that help high school students prepare as they move on and we wish the Woburn Memorial High School DECA team best of luck in the upcoming State Competition.”

The extraordinary support from Common Trust Federal Credit Union allows three Woburn students (Anthony Colombo, John Kyle, Zachary Willis) to attend the next event filled with leadership activities, competitions, and entertainment. With approximately 175 community and business volunteers judging the competitors, students will have the opportunity to win several accolades as well as further advance to the International Career Development Conference.

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