Thousands gather to celebrate area cooperatives with Summit Credit Union

Madison-based financial cooperative highlights local co-ops with annual celebration

MADISON, WI (October 8, 2019) — Summit Credit Union’s ninth annual Co-op Connection took place over the weekend on Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard, next to the farmers’ market. Over 2,200 attendees took part in the free event, which celebrates cooperatives from across the state.

“Co-op Connection is a great moment to educate our neighbors on the importance of cooperatives in their communities,” said Summit Credit Union CEO & President Kim Sponem. “We’re glad so many joined us to learn about the ways co-ops impact and invest in their communities while helping to push local economies forward.”

Co-op Connection began as a way to celebrate cooperatives and the economic effect they have on their communities. The gathering not only allows participants to discover and learn about cooperatives in their community, but also provides an opportunity for the co-ops to develop strong and lasting relationships with one another.

This year’s attendees enjoyed a variety of family-fun activities, prize drawings and samples from participating co-ops. For more information about the event, visit: .

The event was hosted by Summit Credit Union and sponsored in part by CUNA Mutual Group, UW Center for Cooperatives and Union Cab of Madison, among others. Local participating co-ops included Organic Valley, Group Health Cooperative of South Central Wisconsin and Willy Street Co-op.

About Summit Credit Union (WI)

Established in 1935, Summit Credit Union is a member-owned financial cooperative. Summit holds $6.8 billion in assets and has more than 252,000 members and 967 employees across 57 locations throughout 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 and Instagram.


Jason Waller
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