Summit Credit Union strengthens community with 6th annual Co-Op Connection

Nearly 4,000 attend Madison-based credit union’s cooperative showcase

MADISON, WI (October 11, 2016) — Summit Credit Union hosted its sixth annual Co-Op Connection last week on Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd., just off the Capitol Square. The free event, attended by a crowd of nearly 4,000 community-minded residents, featured over 20 cooperatives from the Madison area.

“We were really pleased with this year’s turnout,” said Summit Credit Union CEO/President Kim Sponem. “Co-op Connection allows us to highlight all the wonderful co-ops in the Madison area and share everything they do for our community.”

Summit originally established the event as an effort to celebrate the spirit of cooperatives and exhibit their impact on local communities and economies. Additionally, the occasion provides an opportunity for all participants to embrace Cooperative Principle No. 6: cooperation among cooperatives.

Hosted by Summit Credit Union and sponsored in part by Organic Valley and CUNA Mutual Group, participating cooperatives at this year’s event included REI, Union Cab, Willy Street Co-Op, the Yoga Co-Op of Madison and the University of Wisconsin Center for Cooperatives, among others.

Attendees enjoyed a free DJ, prize drawings, product samples from the participating co-ops, Summit’s Pay-It-Forward cupcake giveaway and a variety of family activities including a balloon artist, face painting and henna tattoos. For more information, visit

About Summit Credit Union (WI)

Established in 1935, Summit Credit Union is a member-owned financial cooperative. Summit holds $6.6 billion in assets and has more than 250,000 members and 948 employees across 56 locations throughout south-central and southeastern Wisconsin. Since 2002, Kim Sponem has been CEO & President of Summit Credit Union, formerly known as CUNA Credit Union/Great Wisconsin Credit Union. Recognized for its excellence in employee engagement, in 2021, 2022 and 2023 Summit was named both a Top Workplace in the USA by Top Workplaces USA and a Top Workplace in the Madison area by the Wisconsin State Journal. In 2023 it has added a Top Workplace award in Milwaukee by the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel. For more information, visit or call 608-243-5000 or 800-236-5560. For additional media information, visit or follow Summit on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter.


Jason Waller
(608) 243-5000, ext. 6862

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