San Francisco Federal Credit Union and SF JAZZ celebrate ICU Day with surprise “Jazz Mob”
SAN FRANCISCO, CA (October 23, 2013) — San Francisco Federal Credit Union, a not-for-profit, member- owned financial institution serving San Francisco and San Mateo Counties, celebrated International Credit Union Day on October 17 with a surprise “jazz mob” in partnership with SFJAZZ, a nonprofit organization that works to develop the audience for jazz in the Bay Area.
The jazz mob featured three members of SFJAZZ’s High School All-Stars, a group comprising some of the most talented young musicians in the nation. The trio played an unannounced set outside San Francisco Federal Credit Union’s Financial District Branch, attracting the attention of passersby.
“We do something completely original for ICU Day this year,” said Lara Brecher, Business Development Officer at San Francisco Federal Credit Union and one of the creative forces behind the jazz mob. “Our partnership with the talented musicians and organizers at SFJAZZ provided the inspiration.”
San Francisco Federal Credit Union plans to release compiled video footage of the jazz mob via its website and social-media channels in the coming weeks. In addition to the jazz mob, the Credit Union also featured a High School All-Star soloist at its main branch in San Francisco’s Civic Center. The Credit Union also offered refreshments and giveaways at each of its four branches.
“We’re thrilled with the feedback we’ve received for this year’s ICU Day celebration, and we plan to host more events like this in the future,” said Brecher. “San Francisco Federal Credit Union and SFJAZZ share a common goal of educating and engaging the Bay Area, and we look forward to our next collaboration.”
About San Francisco Federal Credit Union
San Francisco Federal Credit Union has been serving San Francisco since 1954. Today, anyone who lives, works, worships or attends school in San Francisco and San Mateo Counties may apply for membership. We currently serve more than 31,000 members. San Francisco FCU is federally insured by the National Credit Union Administration and is an Equal Housing Lender.
Founded in 1983, SFJAZZ presents the greatest names in jazz, Latin and global music and nurtures the art of improvisation through its year-round concert, commissioning and education programs. The West Coast’s biggest jazz presenter serves over 200,000 fans and students every year and has several resident jazz ensembles, the world renowned SFJAZZ Collective and the award-winning SFJAZZ High School All-Stars.
After 30 years of using rented halls, SFJAZZ finally has a home. The luminous new SFJAZZ Center opened in January of 2013 and is the only stand-alone facility built specifically for jazz in the United States. Designed by San Francisco architect Mark Cavagnero, the LEED Gold-certified center offers the superb acoustics of a great concert hall and the relaxed intimacy of a jazz club.