Newark Mayor Cory Booker on Hand for Garden Savings FCU Fundraising Golf Outing

Posted by Marissa Anema Wednesday, July 20, 2011 11:37:00 AM

PARSIPPANY, N.J. - Newark Mayor Cory Booker was on hand and spoke to the audience at Garden Savings Federal Credit Union's first annual golf outing to benefit the Youth Education and Employment Success Center (YES Center) of Newark.

The golf outing was held at Crestmont Country Club in West Orange, N.J., and was a tremendous success with over 100 attendees on hand.

Garden Savings FCU presents a check to the YES Center. Pictured left to right: Duncan Harrison, Rutgers YES Center; Jhinoos Rajaei Rutgers YES Center; Lou Vetere, President/CEO Garden Savings FCU; Newark Mayor Cory Booker; Michael Powers, Chief Sales Officer at Garden Savings FCU; and Ken Karamichael, Director of the YES Center.

Garden Savings FCU works closely with the YES Center and supports their efforts to measurably improve the quality of life of New Jersey urban youth by expanding their educational, vocational, and employment opportunities. The event raised $10,000 to assist the YES Center's efforts.

"We are pleased to be able to provide Ken Karamichael and his team at the YES Center of Newark with this contribution," said Garden Savings FCU President/CEO Lou Vetere. "We believe wholeheartedly in promoting financial literacy and the tools necessary to help urban youth develop and succeed. This is in direct parallel to the mission of the YES Center. It makes perfect sense for us to support a group that has goals so closely in line with our own.

Michael Powers, Chief Sales Officer at Garden Savings FCU; Mayor Cory Booker; Lou Vetere, President/CEO Garden Savings FCU; Nick Biason, CFO Garden Savings FCU; and Ken Karamichael, Director of the YES Center share a laugh.

"We are also very grateful to Mayor Booker and his team for attending and adding so much energy and enthusiasm to this event," he added.

Due to the great success of the event, Garden Savings Federal Credit Union has already committed to running the outing again next summer and to raising more fund for the YES Center. Garden Savings is headquartered in Parsippany, NJ with a branch at 120 Ferry Street in Newark, less than two miles from the YES Center itself.

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