Gotta sing, gotta dance: Northwest FCU members showcase talent and creativity in “I love my credit union” video contest

HERNDON, VA (December 2, 2013) — There’s a lot of talent – and credit union spirit – within the ranks of Northwest Federal Credit Union’s 125,000 members. Both were displayed during its Member Video Contest.

To mark the launch of the Credit Union’s new YouTube channel, along with its Facebook and Twitter pages, Northwest Federal invited members to create 60-90 second videos that show why they love their credit union. Two winners – one age 18 and older, one under age 18 – would be selected and receive a $500 grand prize.

“We are building our social media outlets to give our members the opportunity to join the conversation,” said Karyle Thornton, Vice President of Marketing, for the Credit Union. “We want to share our involvement in communities, give helpful financial tips and highlight member events, all while encouraging members to participate and comment. Social media allows that.”

According to Thornton, employees frequently hear stories from members about how they appreciate Northwest Federal, or how the credit union has been there for them or helped them out. “So we decided to hold a YouTube video contest to see how creative our members could be in demonstrating this,” she said. “And the results definitely did not disappoint.”

From songs, to dances, to dramatic performances, the entries received were equally entertaining and inspiring. So much so, said Thornton, that the Credit Union decided to award second- and third-place prizes, as well. All winning videos are posted for viewing on the Credit Union’s YouTube channel.

This love of Northwest Federal was on full display in the reaction of winner Debra Leigh Robitaille: “Oh my gosh, oh my gosh, oh my GOSH! It’s amazing to think we won this money just by singing what we already say all the time to family and friends anyway – just how wonderful our Credit Union is! I called my husband with the news and we high-fived and knuckle-bumped through the phone. Thank you, thank you, THANK YOU!”

Contest winners are:

Age 18 and older:

Debra Leigh Robitaille — 1st Place $500
Burbank, Calif.

Jessica Cuellar – 2nd Place $250
Falls Church, Va.

Matt Ferguson – Honorable Mention $100
Remington, Va.

Anna Burrows – Honorable Mention $100
Fredericksburg, Va.

Under age 18:
Ellie McFadden (age 8) – 1st Place $500
Great Falls, Va.

Jennifer Riebling (age 17) – 2nd Place $250
Fairfax, Va.

Skyler Revutin (age 11) – 3rd Place $100
Culpeper, Va.

About Northwest Federal Credit Union

Northwest Federal Credit Union is a full-service financial institution ranking among the largest credit unions in Virginia and in the top 50 credit unions in the nation. Established in 1947 and headquartered in Herndon, Va., Northwest Federal is dedicated to providing financial services and education to its members and the community. The Credit Union currently serves more than 125,000 members and has assets in excess of $2.5 billion. For more information, visit

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