The Insurance Trust 2016 CU Survivor event took place on Sunday, September 11, 2016, at Maine Forest Yurts “Survivor Camp” in Durham, ME. ‘Castaways’ from Insurance Trust credit union clients were chosen following a 3 month GAP promotion to compete in a series of fun challenges. The challenges determined which “Credit Union Castaway” would win the grand prize of a weekend stay on Chebeague Island, Casco Bay, Maine.
The proceeds from T-Shirt sales, donations, and a 50/50 raffle were donated to Maine Special Olympics. Actually, two of their athletes – Della Lippincott and Brandon Mullen made an appearance for the day. Both athletes were invited to participate with Brandon playing a major role on the Orange Team.
The Challenges and Tribes
Led by Jim Tenhundfeld, (President of FROST), with tribe members: Kim Hebert of Norstate FCU, Dilia Kasimova of Five County CU, Bryan Carle of PeoplesChoice CU and Angela LaRoche of York County FCU.
Led by Jon Taylor, (VP of Sales & Marketing at Insurance Trust), with tribe members: Marianne Wise of Rainbow FCU, Cait Gamache of TruChoice FCU, Hillary Greenleaf of Gardiner FCU & Brandon Mullen of Maine Special Olympics
The day began with an impressive parade of Credit Union ‘Castaways’ holding individual tiki torches to the area where the challenges were held. After four “Tribe Teamwork” challenges, the BLUE team held a slight lead. Even though it rained for about an hour, it didn’t dampen our spirits as the challenges safely continued mostly under cover. A delicious lunch was served by Tacos Del Seoul. There were many enthusiastic spectators cheering for their respective ‘Castaway’. There was an especially large group of kids and adults from northern Aroostook County rooting all day for Kim.
In the second half of the day, all the ‘Castaways’ competed on their own. Five of them were eliminated in the next four challenges resulting in 3 finalists, Kim Hebert of Norstate FCU, Cait Gamache of TruChoice FCU and Bryan Carle of PeoplesChoice CU. At the final Tribal Council, the five who were eliminated were asked to vote for one of the 3 finalists. When all was said and done, Kim Hebert from Norstate FCU was chosen the Grand Prize Winner – and was given a weekend at a cottage on Chebeague Island. So, in essence, she actually got voted ONTO the island.
Each ‘Castaway’ was applauded numerous times during the competition and received a handsome plaque noting their participation in this fun and memorable event.
A special thanks goes out to the following sponsors – Frost, Tricorp FCU, Equinox, Allied Solutions – for helping to make this event a real success.