HAPO to sponsor community events

HAPO Community Credit Union will be the title sponsor of several major community events in the Tri-Cities this year, the credit union announced Wednesday.

HAPO has always supported the community, because it considers itself to be a part of it, said Steve Anderson, HAPO's executive vice president and COO.

This year HAPO is broadening its financial support, he said, to make sure people can enjoy signature summer events including Cool Desert Nights, the River of Fire Festival, the Water Follies Air Show and Live @ 5 concert series.

HAPO did not release how much it's spending to support the events.

This will be HAPO's third year with Cool Desert Nights, the River of Fire and the Follies Air Show and its second year for Live @ 5.

HAPO previously sponsored the Unlimited Light Hydro-planes and the Vintage Hydro-planes at Water Follies.

This year is the first year that HAPO will serve as the sole title sponsor for both Live @ 5 and Cool Desert Nights.

HAPO's support is critical, said Lori Mattson, president and CEO of the Tri-City Regional Chamber of Commerce, which helps organize Cool Desert Nights and the River of Fire Festival.

HAPO also is sponsoring several summer events in Sunnyside and Yakima.