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Charity of the Month: Pat Tillman Foundation

lending collections and business banking departments
Published July 25, 2017

When it came to selecting a charity for our Lending, Collections and Business Banking departments' July fundraiser, it was an easy decision: honor our country's independence with a patriotic theme and keep it in our community!  Thus, the Pat Tillman Foundation was chosen.

Pat was born and raised here in San Jose, California. He attended Leland High School, where he was a football star that lead his team to a divisional football championship.  He was offered a scholarship to attend Arizona State University and play for the Sun Devils, which lead to him being selected by the Arizona Cardinals in the 1998 NFL Draft.

In 2002, Pat Tillman put his all-star NFL career with the Cardinals on hold to serve his country in the wake of the attacks on 9/11.  He served several tours with the Army Rangers and died on April 22, 2004, in Afghanistan while serving his country on active duty.

After Pat's death, his family founded the Pat Tillman Foundation.  The foundation invests in military veterans and their spouses through academic scholarships - building a diverse community of leaders committed to service to others.

"We selected this organization because Pat Tillman was a local native and a hero with a deep commitment to his country," said Julie Jaquith, Meriwest's Collections Manager.  "It had such true meaning to the patriotic theme we were looking for. Our departments worked together as a team and we had a lot of fun.  In the end, we raised $1,874 in donations for this extraordinary foundation."

When we notified the foundation of our efforts, we heard from Ethan Armstrong, their Development Manager. "This is a great initiative on behalf of Meriwest Credit Union!  I love every aspect of it. Thank you for selecting the Pat Tillman Foundation as the beneficiary, as we love to have such great support in Pat's home region.  We appreciate the support and are privileged to be surrounded by such a great community!"

Job well done Lending, Collections and Business Banking!  Your efforts exemplify the culture of our organization - one that truly cares about giving back to our community.

To learn more about the Pat Tillman Foundation and how you can help support this worthy cause, visit

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