September 2008
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FSCU to Hold 4th Annual Trail Ride
Benefit The American Cancer Society

By Vicki Barber

Family Security Credit Union (FSCU) will hold its fourth annual Cowboy Up For a Cure Trail Ride on Saturday, November 8, 2008, at KC Ranch in Double Springs. Registration begins at 7 a.m. and riders will leave out at 9 a.m. Proceeds from the trail ride will benefit the American Cancer Society.

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Photos from the 2007 FSCU Trail Ride and
barbeque, which raised over $13,000 for
 the American Cancer Society.

The 2007 trail ride raised over $13,000. The weather was sunny, bright and comfortable. Alabama Farmers Cooperative (AFC) was a title sponsor for the event and provided t-shirts for the participants. After a fun-filled, three-hour ride the participants returned to camp for a wonderful lunch of barbeque chicken and pork with all the trimmings provided by CUNA Mutual Group. With full tummies, the riders kicked back and prepare themselves for live 
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entertainment. Entertainment was what they got, there were plenty of smiles and lots of hand clapping and toe tapping! Natchez Trace did a wonderful job entertaining the crowd; it was evident this was not their first attempt to please a crowd!

The trail ride finished up with a very successful silent auction. Bidders were generous when they purchased items to benefit the American Cancer Society.

The outpouring of support from the community in 2007 was amazing; over 250 people came out to support the annual event. The Cowboy Up For a Cure Trail Ride is one of the largest fundraising events FSCU hosts annually. The event has been successful over the past three years due to the dedication and determination of our team members. FSCU team members help plan the trail ride and obtain sponsors who assist with the expenses. The team members at FSCU spend many hours of volunteer time planning the event in order to make it successful.

As always Ken and Carol McDonald, the owners of KC Ranch, play a big part in the success of the trail ride. There are a few new trails for the 2008 season; the ranch has a cabin and a fully-enclosed pavilion with windows and a fireplace. Camping facilities are available for an additional cost. Nice bath houses, full hookups, primitive camping sites and covered stalls are available. You may make your reservations by calling (205) 489-5474. Camp sites are limited so reserve your site early.

AFC will again be a title sponsor for this year’s event. As November approaches, please mark your calendar and make plans to attend the 2008 Cowboy Up For a Cure Trail Ride. Come join FSCU for a fun-filled day. Cancer continues to take its toll on people of all ages: babies, toddlers, adolescents, young adults and mature adults. Their battles to fight the disease can be long and difficult. The victims of the disease do the hard part: suffer from the pain caused by the disease, take the treatment and endure the sickness from the side effects, yet they continue to fight! Will you please help FSCU do the easier part: find the cure? You can make a difference.

For sponsorship information or any other questions, please call Vicki Barber, FSCU AVP Marketing & Community Relations, at (256) 340-2045.