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Credit Union Celebrates New Branch With Benefit Event
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Stockton Mayor Michael Tubbs, left, shown with Jake Harbour, Assistant Vice President and Financial Center Manager for UNCLE Credit Union at the recent grand opening of a new location in Stockton. Photo Contributed

UNCLE Credit Union teamed up recently with St. Joseph’s Foundation of San Joaquin for a special community event celebrating the credit union’s third branch in San Joaquin County. Festivities commenced with a ribbon cutting ceremony presented by the San Joaquin County Hispanic Chamber of Commerce and Greater Stockton Chamber of Commerce, along with a special welcome to the neighborhood by Stockton Mayor Michael Tubbs. The grand opening also featured hosted food trucks, music, prizes, a money booth and fundraising drive to help bring the latest advances in cancer fighting treatment and care to the Central Valley. Event attendees donated $600 to St. Joseph’s Cancer Institute, which was matched by UNCLE for a total contribution of $1,200 to the cancer center. The credit union also made a generous donation of excess food to Lord’s Gym City Center.

Established in 1957, UNCLE Credit Union is an over $449 million, full-service financial institution serving more than 27,000 members. The organization offers the benefits of credit union membership and a full array of financial services to anyone who lives, works, worships, or attends school in Alameda, Contra Costa, San Joaquin and Stanislaus counties.

St. Joseph’s Medical Center is home to the only cancer center in San Joaquin County accredited by the American College of Surgeons, and it is also the largest hospital and largest private employer in Stockton. Its Cancer Institute provides 500 newly diagnosed cancer patients each year with highly specialized treatment from board-certified medical professionals.

Event presenters included Joe Curtis, Membership Director for the Greater Stockton Chamber of Commerce; John Freeman, UNCLE Credit Union Board Director and Board President for the San Joaquin County Hispanic Chamber of Commerce and Ahdel Ahmed, Field Representative from the office of U.S. Rep. Jerry McNerney. Principal speakers from UNCLE Credit Union also included Board Chairman Chung Bothwell and Assistant Vice President/Financial Center Manager Jake Harbour, who is based at the West March Lane Financial Center in Stockton. UNCLE Credit Union officials also thanked the dignitaries and representatives from local organizations taking part in the event.

UNCLE Credit Union is expanding its retail network in the Central Valley with two San Joaquin County-based mergers in 2018. The West March Lane location is the second UNCLE Financial Center to open in Stockton this year. A merger with Allied Credit Union was completed on July 31, 2018. Earlier in the year, UNCLE completed a merger with Stockton Community Federal Credit Union. With the addition of the two Stockton locations, UNCLE has three financial centers in San Joaquin County and four in Alameda County. In 2001, the credit union established a foothold in the San Joaquin market with its Tracy Financial Center at 1829 W. 11th St., Tracy.