February 21, 2005 - Thomasville’s Evelyn Baxter will be watching football next year on her new 32″ television. Baxter won Members Credit Union’s Pro Football Pick’em by correctly choosing the winner in 67% of the season’s 267 games. Aided with a 15-1 season turned in by her favorite team, the Pittsburgh Steelers, Baxter ran away with the competition.
“The Steelers helped, and so did my husband,” Baxter laughs. “But sometimes we’d go back and forth on his strategy.”
Baxter was one of nearly 500 people playing Members Credit Union’s free pick-the-winners game on the financial institution’s website. Each week, players were to guess the winners of all professional football games to be played that weekend. Players with the most points during that week won official MCU Pro Football Pick’em t-shirts. Monthly winners received a replica jersey of their favorite football player. Baxter, upon winning in the overall standings, received her choice of a 32″ television or an authentic player jersey of her favorite player. She chose the television.
“The idea of Football Pick’em came about to promote our new electronic statements product, eStatements, and to help gauge our members’ internet usage and interest.” says Members Credit Union President/CEO Jack Braswell. “However, [the game] turned into a great way to increase camaraderie and excitement within our membership and the communities we serve.”
Baxter received her prize at Members Credit Union’s Thomasville branch, where credit union employees and management congratulated her on her victory.
“Of all the many people playing the game, we’re proud that one of our local members won,” says MCU’s Thomasville Branch Manager Stephanie Shore. “Evelyn’s success has been a nice discussion topic for us all season long. We love rubbing it in to the men that a woman beat them!”
Members Credit Union plans to continue the promotion next year.

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