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CAP COM partners with Capital District YMCA to support Running Start Program

Thursday, 26 May 2016 13:34

CAP COM Federal Credit Union and its charitable giving arm, the CAP COM Cares Foundation, has announced eight lucky winners of its spring BIG Benefit Raffle fundraiser. Proceeds from the raffle support the CAP COM Cares Foundation’s community outreach and scholarship programs, while delivering BIG cash prizes ranging from $1,000 to $10,000.

Through our annual Spring BIG Benefit Raffle fundraiser, CAP COM Cares Foundation donated $2 per ticket sold to the YMCA’s Running Start Program so that more kids have the opportunity to start school with the tools they need to succeed. This YMCA program aims to provide brand new backpacks, school supplies, clothing and sneakers to children who may not otherwise have the resources to make these purchases.

For BIG Benefit Raffle participants, this contribution to help children and families in our neighborhoods added a very special element to the drawing this year. CAP COM staff and volunteers gathered in the lobby of the CAP COM Financial Center on Wednesday, May 18, with members of the YMCA while the winning raffle tickets were drawn and CAP COM presented a check for $8,000 to the YMCA.

CAP COM Cares Foundation Administrator, Amanda Goyer said, “It is our hope that these funds from our BIG Benefit Raffle will enable more children to start the school year on the right foot and know they have a community behind them that cares.”

YMCA check giving
From the left Edward Gilligan, Chairman of CAP COM Federal Credit Union’s Board of Directors, Paula Stopera, CAP COM President/CEO, David Brown, President/CEO of the Capital District YMCA, Karen Hennet, SVP and COO of the Capital District YMCA, Gail Glasser, SVP Association Advancement, Pat Ciraulo, VP of Operations of the Capital District YMCA, Paige Rueckert, CAP COM Business Development Associate and Amanda Goyer, CAP COM Foundation and PR Administrator.

“Our YMCA communities want children to succeed; we want them to enter the new school year confident and on equal footing with their peers. We are grateful for our longtime partnership with CAP COM Federal Credit Union that enables us to make a bigger impact in our community together,” said David Brown, President and CEO of the Capital District YMCA.

The 2016 Spring BIG Benefit Raffle Winners are:

  • $10,000: Dan Morin, Delmar, NY
  • $5,000: Lisa Ryan, Loudonville, NY
  • $1,000: Mike Rossi, Cohoes, NY
  • $1,000: Brittany Reed, Rexford, NY
  • $1,000: Robert Perrone, Atlantic Beach, NY
  • $1,000: Tina Yetto, Walton, NY
  • $1,000: Joanne Drake Clifton Park, NY
  • $1,000: Tammy Gorman, Averill Park, NY

The CAP COM Cares Foundation’s next BIG Benefit Raffle will kick off in September of 2016 and a new local benefactor will be announced later this summer!

CAP COM Federal Credit Union is a member-owned financial institution based in the New York’s Capital Region with more than $1 billion in asset and ten branch locations. The credit union is member-driven and focused on superior service, convenient products and competitive rates that help members save money and make life just a little easier. Formed in 2003, the CAP COM Cares Foundation is the credit union’s community support and charitable giving arm. The purpose of The Foundation is to nurture our community by supporting community health and wellness programs; financial literacy and education initiatives; and causes that support children and underprivileged families. Visit to find out more. Federally insured by the National Credit Union Administration. Equal Housing Lender.

The Capital District YMCA is a cause-driven organization that is for youth development, for healthy living and for social responsibility. That’s because a strong community can only be achieved when we invest in our kids, our health and our neighbors. The Y is for everyone. Our programs, services and initiatives: enable kids to realize their potential, prepare teens for college, offer ways for families to have fun together, empower people to be healthier in spirit, mind and body, prepare people for employment, welcome and embrace newcomers and help foster a nationwide service ethic. And that’s just the beginning. Visit to find out more.