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Garage Youth Center Raises More Than $20,000 at Spring Fling

By Digital First Media

On May 20, supporters of The Garage Community and Youth Center gathered at Hartefeld National for a Spring Fling and $10,000 Raffle sponsored by Flagship Credit Acceptance.

The event and raffle combined generated over $20,500 for The Garage. The Garage plans to use the funds for after school programming, which serves over 500 students and includes homework help and tutoring, a daily academic STEAM (science, technology, engineering, art and math) activity, mentor program, boys and girls programs, community service opportunities, Nutrition Kitchen, career exploration, post- secondary counseling, and internships.

“We could not do the essential work that we do with at-risk teens without the support of volunteers and financial partners like Flagship, who give selflessly of their time and money to invest in our youth,” said Kristin Proto, Executive Director of The Garage.

The Spring Fling included games for kids, a bouncy house and vendors, like Cristina Tlaseca from Alliance Realty & Associates, who is an alum of The Garage’s program.

The Garage opened up opportunities for me,” said Tlaseca. “As a minority, I was faced with restricted opportunities, but The Garage gave me these great opportunities I never thought were possible. It was a safe haven. I wanted to come out and support this event because The Garage was so beneficial to me. I want to make sure other kids have that same opportunity.”

A Garage student, Evany Herrera, 17, was selected to pull the raffle’s winning tickets. “Thank you, Flagship, for helping The Garage. I love coming here because it is a safe space and I feel welcomed,” Herrera said.

Janet Syphan, HR Communications Specialist at Flagship won the first prize of $10,000. When asked how she would spend the prize, Syphan said “I’m not sure yet, but I know I’m donating the first thousand to The Garage. They do such incredible work.” The second prize of $1,500 went to Jeffrey Perez, Loan Servicing Representative at Flagship. Mary Teresa Maule Alft, from Lincoln University, PA, won the $500 third place prize.

“Events like this exemplify Flagship’s emphasis on serving the communities our customers live and work in,” said Chris Keiser, Flagship Executive Vice President and General Counsel. “We are so happy to be able to contribute to The Garage’s mission and we’re looking forward to our continued partnership and making this an annual event.”

For the past 17 years, The Garage Community and Youth Center has been a key part of the community, providing resources and sense of belonging to area youth who are in need. Through tutoring, mentoring, computer lab access, recreation and special programs, some of our community’s most “at-risk” middle and high school students are finding the necessary support to reach their full potential.

Speedpay® Named Exclusive Payments Provider for Flagship Credit Acceptance

Speedpay, Inc., a Western Union® company, announced its renewed relationship with Flagship Credit Acceptance, a leading auto-finance provider with a nationwide network of more than 9,400 dealers. As part of its five-year deal, which positions Speedpay as Flagship’s electronic billing presentment and exclusive payments provider, Flagship will be Speedpay’s first auto finance client to offer the moBills® solution through Walletron.

“Our commitment to Speedpay is a testament to the confidence we have in their array of solutions – namely, their mobile payment options – that will help make it easier for our customers to pay their bills on time,” said David Bertoncini, Chief Operating Officer at Flagship Credit Acceptance. “Aligning with Speedpay means we will have greater efficiency in billing, access to top-notch customer service, and a reliable stream of payments.”

As part of its agreement with Speedpay to implement Walletron moBills®, Flagship will provide customers with the option to view their statement or pay their bill from within their smartphones’ mobile wallets. Users will receive light-up phone notifications reminding them to make or schedule a payment before a bill is due, and those who make automatic payments can also receive smartphone notifications confirming their payment has been made. The customer’s Flagship bill will update automatically in their mobile wallet, providing accurate account information in a centralized place on their phone.

“The moBills® solution enables Flagship to offer their customers a convenient, mobile-centric view into their account that complements their lifestyles. No more remembering their account numbers or log-in information before being able to make a payment – essential functions given the on-the-go demands of today’s consumers,” said Frank Lockridge, Head of Speedpay. “It’s one of the many options we offer our clients to help them reach their customers in the right place, at the right time, to facilitate timely payments.”

As a subsidiary of The Western Union Company, a leader in global payment services, Speedpay offers clients billing and payments solutions through various channels and across multiple industries, helping reduce costs, increase efficiency and improve customer satisfaction. Speedpay services also maintain an average of 99.98 percent uptime and offer 24/7 support, 365 days a year.

To learn more about Speedpay’s comprehensive electronic bill payment and presentment solutions, visit speedpay.com.

About Speedpay, Inc.

Speedpay provides electronic bill presentment and payment (EBPP) solutions that help keep your business running. An industry leader given its footprint, financial strength, service reliability and availability, Speedpay is dedicated to helping billers collect better payments. Our clients benefit from our highly consultative approach – ensuring we deliver customized payments offerings that address your business challenges and provide overall efficiency, ultimately saving you time and money. From web to mobile, eBill, IVR or CSR, Speedpay offers some of the most highly configurable channels available on the market, specifically designed for the way people want to pay bills.

A wholly owned subsidiary of E-Commerce Group Products, Inc., Speedpay has been at the forefront of the electronic payments industry since 1989, and was acquired by Western Union® in 2002.

For more information, visit www.speedpay.com.

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