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Financial Resources FCU Foundation

About the Financial Resources FCU Foundation

Financial Resources FCU Foundation organizes charitable events in support of charities and medical institutions that provide services to children. Over the past 25 years, the Credit Union and Foundation have raised over $500,000. The Financial Resources FCU Foundation, Inc., is a tax-exempt charitable organization under section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code.

Financial Resources FCU Foundation Raises Over $17,000 at Charity Gala Event

Martin Luther King Youth Center, Binnacle House and RWJ Healthy Smiles Program chosen as event beneficiaries

BRIDGEWATER, May 7, 2018 – At our recent Gala Event, Financial Resources FCU Foundation presented checks to the Martin Luther King Youth Center and to Binnacle House for $7,500 each. An additional $2,000 was pledged to the RWJ Healthy Smiles Program.

The event was held at The Palace at Somerset Park and included dinner, entertainment and a silent auction. Some of the most popular items available for bid were created by Financial Resources employees, assembling imaginative gift baskets with items they donated as well as vendor contributions. Event attendees were from all aspects of the Credit Union, including suppliers, members, employees and Board members.

Lena Matthews, President and CEO of Financial Resources Federal Credit Union and Chairperson of the Foundation presented the checks to the beneficiary charity organizations. She noted, “We love hosting this event each year, living our promise of giving back to the community. These organizations are doing incredible work and we are thankful that we can support their efforts.”

From left to right: Bob Reichman, Bruce Hogg and Jerri May Grimes of Binnacle House, Lawrence Brooks, Executive Director at Binnacle House and Lena Matthews, President and CEO of FRFCU


From left to right: Renee Phillips, employee at FRFCU who recommended the charity, Curtis Salley, Board President at Martin Luther King Youth Center and Lena Matthews, President and CEO of FRFCU

The mission of the Martin Luther King Youth Center is to provide a nurturing, learning environment for school children, aged 5 – 13. The Center seeks to make a difference in the lives of children and their families by providing high quality childcare services. They were chartered in 1973 and support Somerset County families and children through two essential programs – an After School Program and a Summer Camp program. They aim to address educational, cultural, social and nutritional needs for children from all ethnic backgrounds.

Founded in 1979, Binnacle House, formerly known as Hunterdon Youth Services, has spent the last 35 years safeguarding children, strengthening families, and building responsible citizens. What began as an emergency shelter for children in Hunterdon County has expanded into a continuum of care for youth who are not safe with their families of origin.

The Healthy Smiles Program at RWJUH Somerset educates pre-K and Kindergarten students within Somerset County schools and daycares on dental health and proper brushing techniques. This grant-funded program reaches over 600 students annually.

Major supporters of the 2018 Financial Resources FCU Foundation Charity Event were Jane Paftinos Law Offices, LLC, Quality Title & Abstract Agency and Peter Liska, LLC.

Other sponsors of the evening were Affinity FCU; Diebold Nixdorf; First Brunswick Properties Group; Gateway Services Group; K-9 Resort Daycare and Luxury Hotel; Kushner Real Estate; and Merck Employees FCU.