North Highlands, Calif. September 16, 2010 — Originally chartered as the Sacramento Air Depot Federal Credit Union in 1940, North Highlands, California-based SAFE Credit Union has a special relationship to its region’s long history of military and civilian aviation. On September 11 and 12, SAFE celebrated its heritage by participating in the California Capitol Airshow. Each year, the world-class event brings tens of thousands of visitors the thrill of aerial acrobatics, the rich history of vintage aeronautics, and all the marvels of flight.
SAFE’s booth, a gigantic presentation which included a custom barnstorming banner and a 1940 PT-17 Steadman biplane, was voted "Best Display for the 2010 Airshow". In addition to games and prizes, SAFE representatives treated visitors with a chance to sit in the cockpit of an F-8 fighter plane and preserve the memory with a free commemorative photo.
“Thousands of people, businesses, and community leaders were witness to our efforts at successfully promoting the SAFE brand,” said Jim Allen, SAFE VP of Community Banking. “We received compliments from generals, congressmen, business leaders, and the Airshow team for our outstanding service, our contribution as a business partner to our region, and commitment to the Airshow with our beautiful display.”
The day prior to the Airshow, children from Shriners Children’s Hospital, Make-A-Wish Foundation, Children’s Miracle Network, Easter Seals, UCP, and UC Davis, were treated to a special private event Five-hundred sick and injured children and their families were invited to attend. Food, entertainment, a complete Airshow, and a meet-and-greet with aerial performers were all provided for the children's enjoyment. In addition to sponsoring the event, SAFE coordinated 50 volunteers to help make the day possible.
Established in 1940, SAFE Credit Union maintains assets in excess of $1.6 billion and serves more than 150,000 members through 21 branches in the greater Sacramento region.