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Cooperative Federal's 35th Anniversary Gala & Fundraiser: Event Recap

On Friday, October 20th, over 160 members, friends, and staff from Cooperative Federal celebrated 35 years of diligent work fostering financial inclusion and economic opportunity in Syracuse city neighborhoods – and recommitted to growing our service and impact in the years to come.

Five honored guests received Friends of Cooperative Federal awards, recognizing their contributions to Cooperative Federal’s work in recent years. We are fortunate to have many invaluable partners and allies, but we particularly chose to honor Sharon Owens (Syracuse Community Connections), Bill Simmons (Syracuse Housing Authority), Peter Dunn (CNY Community Foundation), and Blake Myers (National Federation of Community Development Credit Unions). Read more about the award recipients here. 

The Board also dedicated a special appreciation to Ron Ehrenreich, our Treasurer, CEO and co-founder. To everyone whose life has been touched by Ron, he is known as more than a community leader: he is a friend, a teacher, and a fervent believer in solidarity and justice for all. Read more this special honor.

Overall, the fundraiser generated about $7,200 in net proceeds for Cooperative Federal. These dollars will sustain and expand our financial education and outreach program at Syracuse City Schools.

Thank you to everyone who came out to dine, dance, and commemorate this exciting milestone with us! To view photos from the event, visit our Facebook page

View the program booklet.

Thank you to our Sponsors!

Empower Federal Credit Union
Federal Home Loan Bank of NY
Gifford Foundation


Allyn Foundation
AmeriCU
Avalon Document Services
Home HeadQuarters
National Federation of Community Development CUs
Summit Federal Credit Union
University Hill

Alloya Corporate Federal CU
Hueber Breuer
Housing Visions, Inc.
McKenzie Hughes LLP
NY Credit Union Association
Onondaga Community College
Syracuse Dept. of Neighborhood & Business Development

Alternatives Federal Credit Union
Enterprise Car Sales
Genesee Co-op Federal CU
OwnersChoice Funding
ROC USA
Syracuse Housing Authority
Three Dog Consulting

Central NY Community Foundation
CUNA Mutual
Harmony Architectural Associates
Immediate Mailing Services
Satter Law Firm
ShareNet ATM
Syracuse Peace Council
Syracuse Real Food Co-op
The Wladis Companies, Inc.
University Chiropractic & Natural Healing Center
Upstate Minority Economic Alliance (UMEA)
Westcott Community Center

Silent Auction Donors

AE Originals
Alto Cinco
Better Brittle
Dutch Hill Maple
Harland Clarke
Image Solutions Salon
J Luxe Salon
Laci’s Tapas Bar
Liz Crockett
Marie Summerwood
Mary Giehl
Maziuk & Co., Inc.
Mello Velo Bike Shop
Middle Ages Brewery
Open Hand Theater
Pure Salon
Rosamond Gifford Zoo
Salt City Coffee, LLC
Spa at 500
Syracuse Cultural Workers
Syracuse Real Food Co-op
University Chiropractic & Natural Healing Center