Genisys Hosts Holiday Extravaganza Photo Contest

Auburn Hills, MI, January 22, 2013 – Genisys Credit Union is searching for the best photo taken at the 2012 Holiday Extravaganza Parade, which was held on December 1st in downtown Pontiac. Anyone with photos from the event is encouraged to enter the competition by February 1st. The winner of the photo contest will receive a $50 gift card.

There are many ways to enter. Facebook users can post their photo(s) on the Genisys wall and tag @HolidayExtravaganza in the caption. Twitter users can mention @Genisyscu in their post and include #PontiacHolidayExtravaganza with a link to their photo(s).

If you do not have access to social media, you can still enter by emailing your photo/s to: or You can also mail them to: Genisys Credit Union, Attn. Public Relations, P.O. Box 432224, Pontiac, MI, 48342.

The purpose of Holiday Extravaganza is to bring Oakland County cities and townships together to share in the celebration of the holiday season. This year, Auburn Hills, Pontiac, Waterford Township and White Lake Township worked together to host the 31st Annual Holiday Extravaganza festivities.

“Holiday Extravaganza is one of the many wonderful events that Genisys sponsors in Oakland County throughout the year,” said Jackie Buchanan, President & CEO. “It’s a great way for families to celebrate all that the season has to offer.”

The parade started at 11:00 a.m. and was the largest yet with over 100 entries, nearly 150 costume characters, around 300 volunteers and over 15,000 people in attendance.

The Family Fun Festival, which included two galleries of ice, horse drawn wagon rides, two petting farms, free face painting, free hot cocoa, Santa’s live reindeer, the Children’s WinterArt Center and much more, introduced a Children’s Scavenger Hunt, sponsored by The Pontiac Downtown Business Association. The hunt started within the Children’s WinterArt Center and ended at the new Lafayette Market, located at 154 North Saginaw Street. Directly following the parade, spectators were able to enjoy light refreshments, create small craft projects, and have their photo taken with Santa.  If you were able to attend the festivities that took place before or after the parade, you may submit those photos for the contest as well.

Genisys Credit Union and Michigan Works of Oakland County were pleased to be the presenting sponsors again this year and would like to thank everyone who helped make this year’s Holiday Extravaganza possible. A special thanks to the corporate sponsors: Axis Cross Media, Baker College, CBS Outdoors, Doctors Hospital, Lamers Creative, Lee Industrial Contracting, Liberty Mutual, Main Street Oakland County, McLaren Oakland, The Oakland Press, OLHSA, The Parade Company, Sam’s Club, Oakland County Sherriff and Star EMS; and the prime sponsors: AAA, Adlers Towing, Anderson, Eckstein and Westrick, Inc., Carrier and Gable Inc., DASI Solutions, Dobrusin Thennisch, Erebus Haunted House, First Student Transportation, The Huttenlocher Group, Jane Peterson, Lumecon, Media Network of Waterford, NuTech Graphics, Oakland University, Oddzin Ends, Pontiac DBA, STI and St. Joseph Mercy Oakland.

Genisys Credit Union is a not-for-profit, member-owned financial institution that has been committed to helping its members financially since 1936. Based out of Auburn Hills, MI, Genisys is one of the largest credit unions in Michigan and one of the strongest in the country. We are proud to be making a difference in our communities, and we truly believe that Genisys is “where you come first”. Connect with us on Facebook and Twitter by following “GenisysCU”. For convenient access to your account, download our iPhone App in the iTunes Store and Android App in the Google Play Store. For more information or a calendar of events, visit us online at

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