RICHLAND -- HAPO Community Credit Union is ready to defend its title as the "Official Sponsor of Summer."
The credit union Monday announced its plans to sponsor and participate in about 25 community events this summer in the Tri-Cities and Yakima areas.
Major Tri-City events that HAPO will be the major sponsor for include the Live@5 Summer Family Concert Series at John Dam Plaza in Richland in June and July, the 18th annual Cool Desert Nights car show in Richland on June 23-25, and the River of Fire Festival on July 4 in Columbia Park.
It's also the credit union's fourth year of sponsoring the Tri-City Water Follies Air Show, called the HAPO Community Credit Union Over the River Air Show, July 29-31.
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"We are really pleased to be able to be such a large part of these community events," said HAPO marketing director Bernadette Clapper.
Most of the events are those the company previously has sponsored, she said. There also are other smaller summer events
Clapper said HAPO aims to sponsor affordable, family-friendly community events operated by area nonprofits that have a large impact in the community.
HAPO started marketing itself as the "Official Sponsor of Summer" in 2009 to bring together all the summer events it sponsors, Clapper said.
The company also supports community events throughout the year, including drives to collect food, coats and blood.
According to the company's website, the credit union was formed in Richland by non-exempt workers at the Hanford nuclear site in 1953 to provide a place to save and borrow money.
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