State Employees’ Credit Union (SECU) hits homerun for Victory Junction Gang Camp!

Leigh Brady, Senior Vice President
Education Services, SECU
919-807-8344, fax: 919-807-8348

Raleigh, NC, June 24 – State Employees’ Credit Union (SECU) staff teamed up for an action-packed Charity Softball Tournament on June 18th at Walnut Creek Softball Complex in Raleigh.  The Tournament scored over $7,000 for Victory Junction Gang Camp (VJGC) – a fun and exciting camp, initiated by Kyle and Pattie Petty, for children with chronic medical or life threatening illnesses.  Aptly named “Do the Right Swing” to recognize the Credit Union’s “Do the Right Thing” motto, the fundraiser was organized and hosted by SECU’s Jacksonville branch employees.

With 18 teams from branches and departments statewide competing for “bragging rights,” the fundraiser hit a big home run with over 400 players, volunteers and fans in attendance.  To keep things “swinging with excitement” during the tournament breakout session, the event also offered a spirited Home Run Derby, allowing those power hitters a time to showcase their batting skills!  When the dust settled, the team from District 4-Goldsboro-Kinston prevailed as Tournament Champions, bringing home the first place trophy. 

Jessica Patterson, Financial Services Officer at SECU’s Jacksonville branch and the event’s Tournament Director, comments, “What started as a small idea for teambuilding and wellness within SECU districts suddenly became a huge success, with 18 teams participating and thousands of dollars raised for Victory Junction in our first year.  With the enthusiasm and dedication of SECU employees, we plan to host this event annually to help VJGC continue to provide a wonderful, unique experience for children attending the camp.”

In addition to the Charity Softball Tournament, employees throughout the State host fundraising events on a continuous basis in support of Victory Junction.  To date, SECU has contributed over $150,000 from the combined charitable efforts of its staff and volunteers.   Collectively, credit unions from North and South Carolina have donated more than $2 million for the cause.

About Victory Junction Gang Camp

The mission of the Victory Junction Gang Camp is to enrich the lives of children with  chronic medical conditions or serious illnesses by providing life-changing camping experiences that are exciting, fun, and empowering, in a safe and medically sound environment. Founded by NASCAR driver Kyle Petty and his wife Pattie in honor of their late son Adam, the Victory Junction Gang Camp is a year-round facility serving children, ages 7 to 15.  For more information, visit

About SECU

SECU is a not-for-profit financial cooperative owned by its members. SECU has been providing the employees of the State of North Carolina and their families with consumer financial services for over 70 years. Currently serving more than 1.6 million members, SECU provides services through 237 branch offices, nearly 1,100 ATMs, 24/7 Contact Centers and a website,

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