Hughes Federal Credit Union donates $15,000 to Tucson Wildlife Center

TUCSON, AZ (March 29, 2022) — Hughes Federal Credit Union recently donated a check for $8,590 to the Tucson Wildlife Center through $5 donations for each new Diana Madaras “Little Prowler” debit card issued to members in 2021. That brings the total donated to the center through the popular Madaras cards and benefit events to more than $15,000 since 2019.

The Tucson Wildlife Center’s team rescues sick, injured and orphaned native wildlife, providing veterinary and rehabilitation care that allows them to release healthy animals back into the wilderness. The center also promotes habitat protection and peaceful coexistence with native wildlife.

“The center’s volunteers accomplish remarkable results on behalf of native wildlife,” said Hughes President and General Manager Robert J. Swick. “Hughes, Diana Madaras and our Madaras debit cardholders are honored to support the mission of this state-of-the-art animal hospital which cares for thousands of animals every year.”

Co-founders Lisa Bates and Peter Lininger said that donations like Hughes’ have allowed them to continue caring for Southern Arizona’s native wildlife for 24 years. “We continue to be deeply grateful to Hughes for its ongoing generous support, especially as we navigated challenges during the pandemic,” said Bates and Lininger.

Diana Madaras is a nine-time recipient of “Tucson’s Best Artist”award  and, like Hughes, supports many local charities. All Madaras-designed debit cards are free to Hughes members who have a Checking PLUS or checking account and entitles users to a 10 percent discount on merchandise with Diana Madaras images at the Madaras Gallery. For more information, visit

Tucson Wildlife Center receives contribution from Hughes Federal Credit Union to support the center’s care of injured native animals.

About Hughes Federal Credit Union

Established in 1952, Hughes Federal Credit Union is a local, full-service financial institution with over 178,000 members and $1.9 billion in assets. For more information, please visit or follow Hughes at and

About Tucson Wildlife Center

Tucson Wildlife Center (TWC) was established in 1998 by Lisa Bates and Peter Lininger and became a 501(c)3 in 2000. TWC volunteer veterinarians and staff capture and transport injured animals, provide 24/7 emergency room care, offer a 24/7 emergency helpline, release healthy wildlife back into nature. The center also promotes habitat protection and educates residents on how to co-exist peacefully with Sonoran Desert wildlife, like javelina, bobcats, birds of prey, and coyotes. All services are provided free to the public. Learn more at


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