LAFCU Community Champions Sept.1 nomination deadline looming

Last chance to honor military, first responders at Lansing Lugnuts games this year

LANSING, MI (August 15, 2017) — Nominations are open until Sept. 1 for the LAFCU Community Champions program, which honors police, fire and medical first responders as well as current and veteran members of the military at Lansing Lugnuts games throughout the summer.

Community Champions receive four free tickets to a Lansing Lugnuts LAFCU Fireworks Spectacular, the opportunity to throw the first pitch and in-game recognition on the stadium videoboard. The remaining LAFCU Fireworks Spectaculars are Aug. 18Aug. 19Aug. 25, Aug. 26 and Sept. 5.

“We want to honor those who have chosen to protect and defend us,” said Kelli Ellsworth Etchison, LAFCU senior vice president of marketing.“It’s not about the accolades the honoree may have received throughout their service, it’s that they’ve trained and served or are serving for the betterment of our country or community. The recognition at the game allows Lugnuts fans to give back.”

So far this summer, seven Community Champions have been honored at LAFCU Fireworks Spectaculars:

  • Navy Cpl. Evan Renner, of East Lansing.
  • National Guard Sgt. Bart Post, of St. Johns.
  • Marine Capt. and Army National Guard Capt. Scott Lee Brown, of Charlotte.
  • Army Cpl. Lester Norris Jr, of Delta Township.
  • National Guard Command Sgt. Maj. Jody Arrington, of Grand Ledge.
  • Marine Staff Sgt. Kenn Puccio, of Fenton.
  • Navy radioman James Finch, of Lansing.

“The loudest cheers heard at Cooley Law School Stadium are for our LAFCU Community Champions, who have given of themselves in protecting our Mid-Michigan community and our nation,” said Nick Grueser, Lansing Lugnuts general manager. “We are proud to join our fans in honoring and thanking our Community Champions for their service, their courage and their selflessness.”

Nominations of deserving Community Champions should include their employing organization or branch of service; rank, rank at time of discharge or position held; awards and other recognition received; and community work. Submit the information via email at or mail it to LAFCU Community Champions. P.O. Box 26188, Lansing, MI 48909.

As a LAFCU Community Champion, Marine Staff Sgt. Kenn Puccio, of Fenton, threw the first pitch and was honored at a Lansing Lugnuts LAFCU Fireworks Spectacular. Nominations of deserving police, fire and medical first responders as well as current and veteran members of the military for 2017 Community Champions are open through Sept. 1.

About LAFCU (MI)

Chartered in 1936, LAFCU is a not-for-profit financial cooperative open for membership to anyone who lives, works, worships or attends school in Michigan and to businesses and other entities located in Michigan. The credit union serves more than 69,000 members and holds $938 million in assets. It was named a Best Credit Union to Work For in 2020. LAFCU offers a comprehensive range of financial products and services as well as an expanding complement of financial technology solutions. Members enjoy benefits such as low fees, low interest rates on loans, high yields on savings, discounts, knowledgeable employees and nationwide access to fee-free ATMs. A recipient of the national Dora Maxwell Social Responsibility Community Service Award for credit unions, LAFCU enriches the communities it serves by supporting many organizations and causes. To learn more about LAFCU, call 800.748.0228 or visit

About the Lansing Lugnuts

The Lansing Lugnuts, Class-A affiliate of the Toronto Blue Jays, ‘Go Nuts’ as they enter their 22nd season in Michigan’s Capital City. Featured in USA Today and on CNN for their successes, the Lugnuts make their home at the newly renovated Cooley Law School Stadium. Built in 1996, Cooley Law School Stadium continues to be a key component in revitalizing Lansing’s downtown while providing fun, affordable, family entertainment to fans in Mid-Michigan and beyond. Find them online at


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