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Gala Proves the Power of Partnership in Helping Our Nation’s Defenders

PenFed Foundation Joins Forces with Key Partners To Present Awards and Dedicate Resources

ALEXANDRIA, VA, May 12, 2016—In a remarkable and inspirational display of unity and patriotism among government, business and community leaders, the PenFed Foundation honored veterans and their families last night at its annual Night of Heroes Gala.

Medal of Honor recipient retired Army Capt. Florent Groberg at the PenFed Foundation’s Night of Heroes Gala.

Medal of Honor recipient retired Army Capt. Florent Groberg at the PenFed Foundation’s Night of Heroes Gala.

Among the top honorees were Julie Keys, who accepted the Hero at Home award from her son, retired Army Staff Sgt. Adam Keys, and Medal of Honor recipient retired Army Capt. Florent Groberg, who was presented with the foundation’s Military Hero Award.

“I’m very pleased and proud that the PenFed Foundation could play a role in organizing the gala and honoring the award recipients,” said Foundation President and CEO James Schenck. “But it’s important to remember that this event is the result of a profoundly unified effort by many key partners and numerous volunteers. We could never have done this without the generosity and support of our corporate sponsors, local benefactors and dedicated Soldiers and veterans. It’s a dynamic and heartfelt example of what disparate groups can accomplish by joining forces and working together to reach a common and extremely important goal.”

That goal, Schenck said, is to actively and aggressively help military community members secure their financial future by providing active duty military, veterans and their families with the resources they need to improve their lives through programs covering a wide range of financially oriented issues.

The black-tie event—which was planned, organized and executed by a group consisting of 90 percent volunteers—drew 600 military, government and industry leaders nationwide. Nearly every dollar of the record breaking $1.25 million raised last night will go towards helping service members and their caregivers to find the financial security they so thoroughly deserve.

In his remarks, United States Secretary of Veterans Affairs, the Honorable Robert McDonald, stressed the role the VA’s partnership with the PenFed Foundation will play in reaching his goal to enhance service at the VA. “Integrating best practices from private industry can help us reach our goal to make the VA number one for customer service. And we are working closer than ever with the PenFed Foundation.”

Secretary of the Air Force, the Honorable Deborah Lee James thanked the PenFed Foundation for leadership in serving wounded warriors, promoting financial literacy and filling in the gaps in government coverage. “Whether its providing interest-free emergency loans, or support for wounded veterans and their families, helping to purchase a home or free lodging for veterans undergoing treatment at the VA in Palo Alto, California, PenFed has been there,” she said. The evening’s honorees were recognized for their service and sacrifice at home, in the community, and for the nation.

Julie Keys spent more than five years living in a hotel in order to be near Staff Sgt. Keys as he endured multiple surgeries while recovering from wounds received in combat. “I just did what I had to do—what we all would do,” she said. Summing up her tenacity as an advocate for her son, she said, “He’s my child, and I will fight you to give him the very best that you can give him.”

Groberg, reflecting on his combat experience and the Medal of Honor, said, “I’m just honored that I was given the opportunity to serve my country as a Soldier. In a time when our enemies are trying to disrupt our way of life, I had the opportunity to face them and tell them that I’m not going to fold. This medal I wear around my neck could never represent one individual. I hope that for the rest of my life, I get to earn the right to call myself an American.”

Another honoree was Joe Plumeri, vice chairman of the First Data board of directors, who received the Community Hero Award.

“Our country is such an exceptional place,” Plumeri said in accepting the award. “What greater value can we provide to our country than to honor the people who protect us and serve us every day? I will tell you that I have roamed the world. I have had the good fortune to have been at many events in many countries, and believe it or not, things like this [gala] don’t exist any place else. There are no organizations like PenFed that does the things that they do.”

About the PenFed Foundation

Founded in 2001, the PenFed Foundation is a national nonprofit organization committed to helping members of our military community secure their financial future. It provides service members, veterans, their families and support networks with the skills and resources they need to improve their lives through programs on financial education, credit-building, home ownership, and short-term assistance. Affiliated with PenFed Credit Union, the foundation has the resources to effectively reach military communities across the nation, build strong partnerships, and engage a dedicated corps of volunteers in its mission. The credit union funds the foundation’s personnel and most operational costs, demonstrating its strong commitment to the programs the foundation provides. To learn more, visit: www.penfedfoundation.org.


Prudential PenFed Realty Presenting Sponsor of the We Salute Our Heroes Tribute Wall at AT&T National

PenFed Returns as Presenting Sponsor of the “We Salute Our Heroes” Tribute Wall

Prudential PenFed Realty and PenFed Credit Union Sponsor the heroes wall at the AT&T National in Bethesda, MD

2012 “We Salute Our Heroes” Tribute Wall

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Alexandria, Va. (PRWEB) June 24, 2013

Fans attending the 2013   AT&T National at Congressional Country Club will once again see a special tribute to the United States Military near the 18th green. Donning flags and seals from each branch of the military, The We Salute Our Heroes tribute wall, which debuted at the 2011 AT&T National in Philadelphia, gives fans the chance to write a personal message of thanks and support for the men and women who serve in the military.

PenFed (Pentagon Federal Credit Union),   one of the nation’s largest credit unions, the PenFed Foundation and Prudential PenFed Realty will again  serve as the presenting sponsors of the We Salute Our Heroes tribute wall;   ensuring the wildly-popular tribute will continue to be a part of the tournament’s military activities. Sharpie® generously donated thousands of markers, courtesy of Newell Rubbermaid, to be used at the tournament.

“It is our pleasure and a   privilege to be the presenting sponsor of the We Salute Our Heroes tribute   wall,” said Frank Pollack, president & chief executive officer of  PenFed. “It gives members of the public an opportunity to say ‘thank   you’ to those who serve our country in such an honorable way.”

“We are very excited to be part   of one of the country’s top golfing events,” said PenFed Foundation President   Christopher Flynn. “The tournament will be a great way for PenFed supporters   to have fun, while helping raise money for the men and women of our armed  forces who need help.”

“Prudential PenFed Realty   is honored to be a part of this great tournament in support of the military families who sacrifice so much to protect our liberty,” said Kevin  Wiles, president of Prudential PenFed Realty. “It is a great opportunity  to give back to our military.”

Last year, the We Salute Our   Heroes tribute wall made its Congressional Country Club debut with the help   of PenFed. After the tournament concluded, sections of the tribute wall were   framed and delivered to local military outlets in the Washington, D.C. area.   Thanks to the generous donation from Sharpie®, thousands excitedly   participated in this unique tribute including fans, caddies, volunteers and   PGA TOUR players such as 2012 Champion Tiger Woods, Jimmy Walker, Billy   Hurley III and John Huh. Due to the overwhelming response, the tournament   filled five large canvases with personal messages of thanks.

Furthermore to giving away   portions of the 2012 tribute wall to military outlets, this year PenFed will be giving away a one of a kind 40 x 48 inch framed portion of the 2012 We   Salute Our Heroes tribute wall in its tribute wall giveaway on its Facebook page.

In addition to honoring the   military, the AT&T National also raises funds and awareness for the   college-access programs of the Tiger Woods Foundation and local charities.   More information on the AT&T National can be found at http://www.attnational.org.

About PenFed (Pentagon Federal   Credit Union): Established in 1935, PenFed is one of the largest credit   unions in the United States with over a million members and more than $15   billion in assets. PenFed provides an extensive selection of financial products   including mortgages, automobile loans, credit cards, checking/savings   accounts and other personal loans to its members worldwide. Its core   membership includes the Department of Defense, Army, Marine Corps, Navy, Air   Force, and Coast Guard; Department of Homeland Security personnel, employees   or volunteers of the American Red Cross, numerous military associations, and   many others. PenFed is federally insured by the National Credit Union   Administration and is an equal housing lender. For more information about   PenFed and learn how to become a member, visit PenFed.org or call 800-247-5626.

About the Pentagon Federal   Credit Union Foundation (PenFed Foundation)

The PenFed Foundation is a   nationally recognized nonprofit organization working to meet the unmet needs   of military members and their families through supporting wounded warriors   and providing financial management assistance and home ownership aid (equal   housing opportunity). The foundation is also the primary sponsor of a new   free hotel for veterans called the Lee and Penny Anderson Defenders Lodge, a   $17 million public-private partnership with the Department of Veterans   Affairs in which the foundation is raising $11million to cover the cost of   construction. PenFed (Pentagon Federal Credit Union) covers all labor   expenses for the foundation so every dollar donated goes directly to   supporting its programs. To make a donation or learn more about the   foundation, visit PenFedFoundation.org.

About Prudential PenFed Realty

Prudential PenFed Realty,   wholly owned by PenFed (Pentagon Federal Credit Union), is a full-service   real estate company with an annual sales volume over $1.7 billion; serving   PenFed members as well as the general public. Recognized as a leading real   estate company in its service area, it is ranked among the top Prudential   affiliates nationwide. Over 1,700 top-notch sales professionals work out of   Prudential PenFed Realty’s 49 offices to provide complete real estate   services in Delaware, Florida, Kansas, Kentucky, Maryland, North Carolina,   Northern Virginia, Pennsylvania, Texas, Washington, D.C. and West Virginia.   Learn more about Prudential PenFed Realty by visiting PenFedRealty.com.

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At the Tiger Woods Foundation,   we believe every child deserves a shot at college. Designed to break through   a culture of low expectations, our college-access programs reach underserved   youth in all stages of academic life. For scholars in grades 5-12, the Tiger   Woods Learning Centers provide hands-on experiences in science, technology,   engineering and math coupled with college preparation workshops to create a   unique environment focused on college and careers. The Earl Woods Scholarship   Program is an unparalleled network providing admissions counseling, college   scholarships, dedicated mentors, specialized internships and vital workshops.   Receiving individualized support, our bright young scholars are succeeding at   prestigious universities such as Georgetown, USC, UC Berkeley, UCLA and   Harvard. For more information on our programs, please visit tigerwoodsfoundation.org.