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                                                                                            Deana Goodrich
                                                                                     Airfoil Public Relations

    Michigan First Credit Union Kicks Off Second Annual ‘Holiday Brights’ to Spread
                    Holiday Spirit and Give Back to the Community
        ‘Holiday Brights’ to feature family-friendly festivities while supporting community nonprofits

LATHRUP VILLAGE, Mich. – Dec. 1, 2008 – Michigan First Credit Union ( is
kicking off its second annual “Holiday Brights,” a month-long event celebrating the holiday season, this
week at its Lathrup Village headquarters. The festivities will include activities for the whole family to
enjoy, including an Arts & Crafts Holiday Bazaar, a special Santa Day, American Red Cross blood drive
and American Red Cross Blanket Days.

“In today’s uncertain economic times, the holidays can be a particularly stressful time of year,” said
Michael Poulos, president and CEO, Michigan First Credit Union. “ ‘Holiday Brights’ is not only a
celebration of the season, but also allows us to partner with organizations who help local families in

The Michigan First headquarters is decked out in snowflakes and holiday scenes powered by LED energy-
saving lights for the whole community to enjoy. The celebration will include:

        The Arts & Crafts Holiday Bazaar: Attendees are invited to shop for holiday gifts at the bazaar,
         where hand-made crafts and specialty gifts from nearly 40 local artists will be displayed. The
         bazaar will be open to the public on Thursday, Dec. 4 from 8:30 a.m. - 5:30 p.m. and on Friday,
         Dec. 5 from 10 a.m. - 8 p.m.
        Santa Day: Little ones can visit and get their pictures taken with Santa Clause for $3 each or two
         for $5 and see his live reindeer, clowns, face painters and a magician on Saturday, Dec. 13 from
         10 a.m.- 3 p.m. By bringing in a new twin-size blanket on Santa Day, visitors will also be eligible
         to enter a drawing for a $100 gift card. The winner will be notified on Dec. 15.
        American Red Cross blood drive: Attendees are invited to donate blood to support local blood
         banks on Wednesday, Dec. 17 from 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Pre-register for the drive at;
         sponsor code: “mifirst.”
        American Red Cross Blanket Days: Michigan First’s Evergreen, Gratiot, New Center, Wayne &
         Wyoming branch locations will accept new twin-size blankets on behalf of the American Red
         Cross Blanket Days for the Homeless campaign.

Proceeds from the Arts & Crafts Holiday Bazaar artist booth rentals will be donated to The Heat And
Warmth Fund (, a Detroit non-profit to help families stay warm this winter.
Donations will also be made on behalf of each new member who joins during the month of December.
Last year’s “Holiday Brights” also donated to THAW.

Michigan First headquarters is located at 27000 Evergreen Road, Lathrup Village. For other branch
locations and a full line-up of the “Holiday Brights” event schedule, please visit

About Michigan First Credit Union
As one of the leading credit unions in metro Detroit, Lathrup Village, Mich.-based Michigan First was
founded in 1926 to serve educators, but currently provides services to more than 70,000 members and
has approximately $485 million in assets. Membership is open to people who live, work or worship in
one of 44 metro Detroit communities. The full-service financial institution offers savings accounts,
checking accounts, certificates, money market accounts, consumer and vehicle loans, mortgages, home
equity loans, business services, commercial lending, a special vehicle purchasing program, Visa(R) credit
cards, MasterCard(R) debit card and MoneyWorks on-line banking.

Michigan First also offers the exclusive MoneyWorks(R) Banking Centers that can accept coins, paper
currency and checks without an envelope; can scan checks; and cash checks to the penny. The credit
union also recently launched a redesigned Web site ( that enables users to
easily conduct transactions online and even open new accounts in only 10 minutes. Michigan First offers
exclusive online deals, such as its Saving Plus product, which offers one of the best deals available for
any savings account.

Michigan First also hosts “MI Community Space,” ( a blog that highlights
a variety of the credit union’s community initiatives and activities at its school-based credit unions.


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