Kent Credit Union party celebrates 50th anniversary

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Kent Credit Union invites the general public to help commemorate its 50th anniversary of serving the people of Portage County at a community-wide celebration from 3 to 5 p.m. Saturday at the credit union's main office located at 6020 Rhodes Road in Kent.

The Kent Credit Union 50th Anniversary Community Celebration is free and open to the public. Highlights include door prizes, a live DJ, light refreshments and a balloon sculptor for kids. The credit union also is offering free document shredding with an optional canned good donation to benefit Kent Social Services and the Center of Hope in Ravenna.

Current and prospective credit union members also may take advantage of a special auto loan promotion. Complete details can be found at www.kentcu.com/50.

"We'd like to invite the community to help us celebrate our 50th Anniversary," said Joe Crawfis, Kent Credit Union CEO. "The credit union philosophy of people helping people is the foundation for the credit union's existence, and we'd like to invite the community to stop in and find out what makes credit unions different."

The party will follow the credit union's annual meeting from 2 to 3 p.m. Saturday, where members will vote on the board of directors and address other business matters from the past year. Membership at Kent Credit Union is open to anyone who lives, works, worships or attends school in Portage or Summit counties.

Credit unions are member-owned, not-for-profit financial cooperatives that do not issue stock or pay dividends to outside stockholders. Instead, earnings are returned to members in the form of lower loan rates, higher interest on deposits and lower fees.

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