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Media Contact:
Lenora Bowler, Just BE
404-590-4731
lenora (at) chozenawards.com

Credit Union of Atlanta Extends its Reach into the Community as Presenting Sponsor
of the 3rd Annual CHOZEN AWARDS


Atlanta, GA (February 8, 2011) - The Credit Union of Atlanta (CUA) has teamed up with the 3rd Annual CHOZEN AWARDS (CA) to honor community activists, tastemakers and notable individuals who contribute to the diverse fabric of the City of Atlanta.

"Atlanta has grown from a sleepy town to the ‘Empire of the South’," says Tarra Jackson, (Interim) President/CEO, of the Credit Union of Atlanta. "This transformation all happened because someone dared to dream. Here at CUA, we have big dreams too. From a small one office establishment to a nearly $60 million organization, CUA continues to aspire to offer financial products and services that cater to our members’ personal and business financial needs."

"CUA has long been a stakeholder to the citizens of Atlanta. As a Community Development Financial Institution (CDFI), we strive to be industry leaders in the areas of community development, access to credit and financial literacy," says Cassandra Brown, Assistant Vice President of Marketing/Business Development of the Credit Union of Atlanta. "As a committed partner of programs like the CHOZEN AWARDS, our involvement goes beyond a photo opt; it includes sweat equity and support in the many community related endeavors throughout the city."

The CHOZEN AWARDS committee welcomes the support and significant presence of the 83-year-old Atlanta financial institution.

"We’re excited about this partnership with the Credit Union of Atlanta, since they’re more than just another sponsor to us," says Liberty, Founder of the CHOZEN AWARDS. "I have witnessed their dedication to their members firsthand. So, for us this is a marriage between the people’s bank, and the people’s community awards program. Together we will have a greater economic and social impact on the City of Atlanta."

Goodwill, great shoes and environmental responsibility will lead up to the annual awards ceremony and cocktail reception at Blue Mark Studios (892 Jefferson St NW, Atlanta, GA 30318). The highly anticipated affair takes place on Wednesday, March 30, 2011 at 7:30 p.m., with the return of the "Gold Carpet" to be streamed live online, and hosted by lifestyle blogger (and previous CA recipient), Tammie Reed, of Talking with Tami. This year’s event series supports, 40 Girls and Some Shoes, a non-profit organization designed to provide shoes for those that need it most, the homeless of metro Atlanta. CA's goal is to collect 1000 pairs of shoes for the charity.

Operation CHOZEN kicks off the month of March with 31 Days of Community Service, where District 2 City Councilman Kwanza Hall will preside over the proclamation presentation on March 5th. Local associations, patrons, community activists, and entertainers will lead teams of volunteers and clean areas like the Old Fourth Ward, Washington Park, and areas within the Atlanta BeltLine. On March 16th, ‘CHOZEN to be GREEN,’ will expose event attendees to the latest green products and services, and in honor of Women’s History Month, on March 27th, six women who have made a considerable impact in Atlanta will be recognized at the ‘Women of Distinction Brunch,’ while CA provides a forum for young women to connect and be inspired by leading entrepreneurs and executives.

For more information about the 3rd Annual CHOZEN AWARDS and how you too can get involved, please visit www.chozenawards.com. For all media inquiries, interview opportunities and media RSVPs, please contact Lenora Bowler,    lenora (at) chozenawards.com, 404-590-4731. If interested in volunteering to join a team email: operationchozen(at)chozenawards.com.


About Credit Union of Atlanta
Chartered in 1928 by the City of Atlanta, the Credit Union of Atlanta is a not-for-profit and not-for-charity financial institution that serves and is owned by all of its members. Committed to “providing total personal financial services for member’s well-being,” The Credit Union of Atlanta is a leader in community development. CUA has almost 60 million in assets, a membership of over 15,000, and three full-service banking centers. A member of the Shared Service Center network, CUA members are able to conduct their financial business at 3,410 locations nationwide and internationally. www.cuatlanta.org


About CHOZEN AWARDS
In 2008, CHOZEN MEDIA, a trend-setting, Atlanta-based multimedia company, and Just BE, an Atlanta-based public relations agency, launched the CHOZEN AWARDS with a vision to inspire, impact and empower the metro Atlanta community in honor of the unsung heroes who make this city so great. Nominees are selected in 16 categories in the areas of business, entertainment, health, hospitality and the arts and are voted on by the public beginning February 14 - March 16. The community awards cocktail reception takes place on Wednesday, March 30, 2011.

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