Summer Celebrations Marks 75th Anniversary for Hawthorne Credit Union on June 12, 2010

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Hawthorne Credit Union is marking its 75th Anniversary with a splash by hosting Summer Celebrations at their Naperville and Bolingbrook branches on Saturday, June 12, 10 a.m.-1 p.m.

The events will be open to the public and will feature a host of family fun, a ribbon-cutting ceremony, food, live entertainment, storytelling, moon walks, and prizes. In addition, kids can win prizes from playing old fashion games such as Bozo buckets, drop the clothespin in the bottle, pin the tail on the donkey, and more. Plus face painting and temporary tattoos.

The Summer Celebration will be broadcast remotely on 95.9 FM, The River, and 96.7 FM, The Star, radio stations. It will also include entertainment such as the Bolingbrook DanceForce and storytelling by local author Rick Moser who will be reading his revered fable, The Lemonade Story.

Prizes will be announced every half hour of which a grand prize winner will receive a dinner party for 15 in the recipients’ home catered by Belgio’s Catering.

In addition to serving anniversary cake and coffee, hamburgers and hot dogs will be sold for one dollar, of which proceeds will benefit Family Helping Families. FHF is a local organization that provides apartments and volunteer mentors to homeless families in DuPage County while they are working to reclaim their lives through education.

“We are really hoping for a great turnout for this event. It’s exciting for us to have been in existence for 75 years, having served so many members and their families along the way. We think it’s only fitting that our celebration benefits Families Helping Families, which is an organization that benefits the community and the families they serve in so many ways,” said Hawthorne Credit Union president Carl J. Sorgatz.

Also being held at each location throughout the event is Hawthorne Credit Union’s monthly event, Shred Day. Each participant is welcome to bring up to 2 boxes of old paperwork and documents containing personal information to be safely disposed.

The events run between 10 a.m. and 1 p.m. on Saturday, June 12, 2010 at Hawthorne Credit Union located at 1519 N. Naper Blvd, Naperville, IL and 267 S. Weber Rd., Bolingbrook. For more information call 630-369-4070 or visit

Hawthorne Credit Union was formed on May 20, 1935 by a group of employees at Western Electric’s Hawthorne Works Plant in Cicero, who pooled their money together each payday to make small loans to one another to help them through the Great Depression. They moved our headquarters to the Naperville community in the mid 1980s, and in 2002 we opened a branch in Bolingbrook.

Hawthorne Credit Union began during the Great Depression in 1935, a time when many financial institutions were going out of business and those who were in business weren’t interested in serving the working-class people. Sound familiar?

In 1935, a fellow employee, Senn Heath, wanted to help out his struggling co-workers. He founded Hawthorne Credit Union, which helped the working people pool their funds together and provide affordable loans to each other. The credit union provided financial relief and support to members who joined Hawthorne Credit Union for only 25 cents per share.

During today’s economic downturn, Hawthorne Credit Union continues to serve its members at only $5 per share. Over the years, eligibility of membership has expanded to reach those who reside in the counties of DuPage, Kane, Kendall, Will or Cook (west of Route 83). Many local companies also offer the credit union as an employee benefit. The credit union offers financial services ranging from checking and savings accounts to mortgages, auto loans, Visa credit cards, financial planning and small business services.

For a video on the history of credit unions, visit

Morton College houses a museum dedicated to the employees of Hawthorne Works whose labor profoundly improved our quality of life. Visit


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