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Kim Sponem Named Corporate Chairperson Of JDRF Walk

For more information, contact:
Cheryl Van Tessier, Finesse Public Relations LLC
(608) 467-4408, ctessier@finessepr.net

Rebecca Gerothanas, Summit Credit Union
(608) 243-5000×4700, rebecca.gerothanas@summitcreditunion.com

The Western Wisconsin Chapter of the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation (JDRF) has named Kim Sponem, President of Summit Credit Union, to serve as the 2010 Corporate Chair for its annual Walk to Cure Diabetes. 

The Walk will be held at Warner Park on Sun., Sept. 26, 2010, and has a fundraising goal of $360,000.  More than 1,500 people participated in the event last year, raising over $810,000 for diabetes research. 

“Summit has been involved with JDRF since 2001, and I look forward to continuing our involvement by serving as Corporate Chair for its flagship fundraising event, the Walk to Cure Diabetes,” said Sponem. “Each year more than 15,000 children are diagnosed with diabetes in the U.S. — that’s 40 children per day. Diabetes and its complications cost more than $174 billion dollars a year in the U.S. alone.  JDRF works locally and around the world to reduce these numbers, and we hope, eventually find a cure.  That’s why Summit is committed to raising money for cutting-edge research.  By working together, we can make a difference.”

The annual Walk to Cure Diabetes, held in 220 cities nationwide, is the fastest growing fund raising event in the history of JDRF. Funds are raised through corporate sponsorships, the formation of corporate and family walk teams and the sales of paper sneakers in retail outlets.

To find out more about how to participate in the JDRF Walk to Cure Diabetes, visit www.jdrfwesternwisconsin.org, call (608) 833-2873 or e-mail westernwi@jdrf.org. To register for the Walk, please visit http://walk.jdrf.org/.

About Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation:

JDRF is the leading charitable funder and advocate of type 1 (juvenile) diabetes research worldwide.  The mission of JDRF is to find a cure for diabetes and its complications through the support of research.  JDRF is also committed to developing new and better treatments that improve the lives of people with type 1 diabetes in the near term and keep them healthy until a cure is found.

Since its founding in 1970 by parents of children with type 1 diabetes, JDRF has awarded more than $1.4 billion to diabetes research, including more than $100 million in FY2009. Last year, JDRF funded more than 1,000 centers, grants and fellowships in 22 countries.  For more information, visit www.jdrf.org.

About Summit Credit Union:

Established in 1935, Summit Credit Union is a member-owned financial cooperative open to anyone in Wisconsin.  Summit holds $1.4 billion in assets and has more than 108,000 members with a total of 20 locations throughout the Madison and Milwaukee areas.   For more information, visit www.summitcreditunion.com or call (608) 243-5000 or (800) 236-5560.


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