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LAFCU awards $2K to contest winner

Credit union contest encourages members to direct deposit tax refunds

LAFCU’s Shelia Scott (L) and Kelli Ellsworth Etchison (R) present a $2K check to Reid Gritsavage (center), after being named the winner of a recent contest held by the credit union to encourage its members to direct deposit their IRS tax refunds into a LAFCU account.

LAFCU announced Reid Gritsavage of St. Johns was named the winner of its contest that encouraged members to direct deposit their IRS tax refunds into a LAFCU account. A check presentation was held for Gritsavage at LAFCU headquarters and West Lansing Branch, located at 106 N. Marketplace Blvd. in Lansing.

Gritsavage was awarded $2,000 after he was selected in a random drawing of members who direct deposited their IRS tax refunds before April 30. Gritsavage is a 30-year member of LAFCU and currently works as a senior software engineer for Auto-Owners Insurance. “Winning this contest was a complete surprise and so exciting,” said Gritsavage. “I saw the contest on the website but never expected to win. I am very grateful for this opportunity and will plan to use these funds to pay some bills.”

About LAFCU Chartered in 1936, LAFCU is a not-for-profit financial cooperative open for membership to anyone who lives, works, worships or attends school in Michigan and to businesses and other entities located in Michigan. The credit union serves more than 74,000 members and holds over $986 million in assets. It was named a Best Credit Union to Work For in 2020. LAFCU offers a comprehensive range of financial products and services as well as an expanding complement of financial technology solutions. Members enjoy benefits such as low fees, low-interest rates on loans, high yields on savings, discounts, knowledgeable employees and nationwide access to fee-free ATMs. A recipient of the national Dora Maxwell Social Responsibility Community Service Award for credit unions, LAFCU enriches the communities it serves by supporting many organizations and causes. To learn more about LAFCU, call 800.748.0228 or visit

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