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Bay Federal Credit Union’s Silent Auction Raises $8,056 for Local Nonprofits

Bay Federal Presents Checks to Teen Kitchen Project and Camp Opportunity

Capitola, CA – February 25, 2016 – Bay Federal Credit Union raised $8,056 for the Teen Kitchen Project and Camp Opportunity at the Credit Union’s annual employee appreciation celebration, which included a silent auction benefitting the local nonprofits.

The silent auction, a key component of Bay Federal’s extensive community support program, included items donated from businesses throughout Santa Cruz County and the Greater Bay Area. In past years, the silent auction has benefitted Aztecas Soccer Program, Easter Seals, Kid Quest, and Santa Cruz County 4-H’s Leadership Team. 

“We would like to thank the local businesses that helped make this possible,” said Carrie Birkhofer, President and CEO of Bay Federal Credit Union. “Likewise, the employees that stepped up to contribute items or place bids helped the auction’s continued success.”

The Teen Kitchen Project builds healthy communities by teaching young people to cook nourishing food. These teens gain skills and are offered the opportunity to build connections through community service by preparing and delivering meals free to local families in crisis. It has said it plans to put the funds toward a new Watsonville facility. For more information, visit

Camp Opportunity is a residential camp in Santa Cruz County for at-risk children. Their goal is to improve the health, safety and well-being of the campers and staff, by providing opportunities to safely build healthy relationships and increase their self-esteem. For more information, visit

About Bay Federal Credit Union

Bay Federal is a full-service, not-for-profit financial institution that serves more than 60,000 members and 1,000 local businesses throughout Santa Cruz, San Benito, and Monterey counties. With more than $750 million in assets, Bay Federal Credit Union is the largest member-owned financial institution in Santa Cruz County, serving its members and the community since 1957. Since 2002, 100% of all employees have given their own money and volunteered for numerous local schools, nonprofit organizations, and community events.

Contact: Amy Ivey, VP Marketing and Development
Bay Federal Credit Union

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