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Honor Credit Union Partners with Lazy Ballerina in Fundraising Efforts for the Humane Society of Southwestern Michigan

ST. JOSEPH, MICHIGAN – January 3, 2022 – Honor Credit Union is proud to partner with Lazy Ballerina  Winery to assist in fundraising efforts for the Humane Society of Southwestern Michigan (HSSM).  Through the combination of Lazy Ballerina’s sales and Honor’s matching donation, the two collectively  donated a total of $5,000 to support the Humane Society.  

In 2019, after purchasing the former Humane Society building in Benton Harbor, co-owners of Lazy  Ballerina Winery, Lauren Kniebes, and Melanie Owen were inspired to give back to the shelter in a  bigger way. In 2020, the wine fundraiser began. “We decided to designate two wines—appropriately  called Humane White and Humane Red,” stated Kniebes. “Each wine label featured an animal currently  up for adoption at the shelter. We also allowed our customers to put their pet or a loved one’s pet on  the label.” With each custom bottle of Lazy Ballerina Humane White and Humane Red sold, $5.00 would  be donated to the Humane Society. 

To assist in getting this fundraiser off the ground, Lazy Ballerina and Honor Credit Union were able to  connect and get the ball rolling. “We love having Honor as a partner, not only financially, but also in  fundraising opportunities such as this! It’s special to us to have the partnership of such dedicated  individuals that care about their members and their community as a whole,” commented Kniebes.  “Honor not only matched our funds raised but generously donated some extra to help us reach our  $5,000 donation goal. With their help, we were able to make a bigger impact for animals in need!” 

Both Lazy Ballerina and Honor have partnered with HSSM over the years in various ways. President of  the Board of Directors for the Humane Society, Ronald Klemm, stated: “This partnership sends a clear  message that they believe in our organization and share the same passion as we do - it’s all about the  animals.”  

The HSSM operates as a non-profit organization, relying on donations to continue their mission. Being  involved in our communities and assisting where needed stems from the values Honor has established  as a credit union. 

“When COVID first developed, Honor was instrumental by helping the Humane Society establish PPP (Paycheck Protection Program) loans and a Line of Credit. We were able to breathe easier knowing we  were in good hands and had the financial support in place if needed,” commented Klemm. “Even in  casual conversation about upcoming events, the Honor team has always shown interest in being  involved either financially or with volunteers. They are part of the Humane Society family and continue  to support no matter the situation.” 

Honor looks forward to opportunities to continue such fundraising efforts in the years to come.  "Contributing to our communities is of the utmost importance to Honor, and we strive for this same  value in partners like Lazy Ballerina and the Humane Society of Southwestern Michigan," stated Kent  Figy, Chief Lending Officer at Honor Credit Union. On behalf of all organizations involved, we are grateful  to all those who helped support this cause. 

Honor Credit Union is proud to serve more than 98,000 members across the State of Michigan.  Providing solutions for your financial success and giving back to the communities we serve remain the  driving forces behind Honor Credit Union. For more information, call 800.442.2800, or visit