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PACU Foundation’s Flying Colors Charity Fun Run raises more than $11,000 for families overcoming financial hardship.

The PACU Foundation’s Second Annual Flying Colors Charity Fun Run achieved noteworthy success recently, raising $11,167. Held at Forsyth Country Day School in Lewisville, N.C., a total of 127 runners and walkers of all ages participated, with 19 sponsors and more than 40 volunteers contributing to the event's success.

The Flying Colors Charity Fun Run is a community event that includes a 1.5-mile and 5K fun run or walk. Each participant received a commemorative event t-shirt, which took on a tie-dye appearance by the end of each run. The family-friendly atmosphere was enhanced with an assortment of games, face painting and food trucks, making it a festive day for all attendees. All proceeds will aid North Carolina residents overcoming financial hardship.

“This year’s overwhelming support and participation have been truly heartwarming,” said PACU Foundation’s Fundraising Chair Megan Brooks, the event organizer. “We are thrilled to see our community come together to make a tangible difference in the lives of those facing financial challenges. The increase in funds raised from last year’s $4,000 to $11,167 this year, underscores the community's growing support to our cause.”

The Flying Colors Charity Fun Run began last year and has quickly become a prized event, rising both in scale and impact. The PACU Foundation extends its deepest gratitude to all participants, volunteers and sponsors who contributed to this year’s success.

The PACU Foundation is volunteer-driven, supported by Piedmont Advantage Credit Union’s employees. With no paid staff, since it was founded in 2020, the PACU Foundation has raised and gifted $69,000 to area charities to increase their capacity to help North Carolina residents in times of financial hardship.

As of May 31, 2024, 80 percent of Piedmont Advantage Credit Union’s employees have donated this year to the PACU Foundation.

Brooks added, “The spirit of generosity and fun was unmistakable throughout the day. We are incredibly grateful for the commitment shown by everyone involved and look forward to continuing this momentum into next year.”

When Brooks isn’t volunteering as the PACU Foundation’s Fundraising Chair, she is Piedmont Advantage Credit Union’s Curriculum Development Specialist in its Learning Department.


The PACU Foundation advances charitable giving to support access to financial literacy, education and training, and disaster and emergency assistance for residents overcoming financial hardship throughout the Triad and Charlotte communities.

Triad and Charlotte communities include the counties of Davie, Forsyth, Guilford, Iredell, Mecklenburg and Rockingham as the following map reflects:

The Foundation was founded in January 2020, grown out of the desire to expand Piedmont Advantage Credit Union’s capacity to be the difference within the communities the Credit Union is privileged to serve.

2023 Supported Nonprofits
  • A Storehouse for Jesus: Distribution and medical ministry assisting residents facing financial hardship, illness and more
  • Community Link: Financial literacy and monetary assistance for residents facing homelessness, foreclosure or eviction
  • Financial Pathways of the Piedmont: Financial literacy classes to residents who struggle with job loss and low wages
  • Gold Shield Foundation of North Carolina: Support for families of fallen or critically injured police officers and firefighters
  • Help, Incorporated: Financial safety resources to victims of domestic violence, sexual assault, elder abuse and human trafficking
  • The Christian Mission: A holistic approach to combat intergenerational poverty

Since forming in 2020, the PACU Foundation has gifted $69,000 to area charities.

Board of Directors

Mary Vitale
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Jean Golden-Rumer
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Jeanette Stark
Vice Chair and Vice President
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Mike Fabregas
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Kim Adkins
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Megan Brooks 
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Carla Hooker
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James Moore
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Diana Santos Johnson


Dion Williams
Piedmont Advantage Credit Union President & CEO

Karla Castilleja
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Kim Adkins
Marketing and Communications Committee Chair
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Megan Brooks
Fundraising Committee Chair
Email: [email protected]

James Moore
Gifting Committee Chair
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We are now accepting 2024 funding requests.  Please fill out the form below to submit your request today!


PACU Foundation Funding Inquiry Form
Questions? Please call us at 336.744.8780.

The PACU Foundation is a Section 501(c)(3) charitable organization, EIN 84-4139152. All donations are deemed tax-deductible absent any limitation on deductibility applicable to a particular taxpayer. If goods or services were provided in return for a contribution, the amount of the contribution, which is tax-deductible, may be limited to the amount exceeding the value of such goods and services. The PACU Foundation maintains discretion over the use of all donated funds.

PACU Foundation gifts $24,000

PACU Foundation gifts $24,000 in total to six charities to increase their capacity to help NC residents in times of financial hardship. 

Foundation President Jean Golden-Rumer (above) welcomes attendees on “Giving Tuesday," celebrating these charities for their exceptional work.

PACU Foundation Quick Facts


  • Serving North Carolina localities since 2020
  • Volunteer hours to run the Foundation provided by Piedmont Advantage Credit Union
  • More than 70% of Piedmont Advantage employees donate
  • PACU Foundation logo with the display of wings: A tribute to Piedmont Advantage’s humble beginnings within the aviation and airline industry
  • A Section 501(c)(3) charitable organization, EIN 84-4139152

Headquartered in Winston-Salem, North Carolina, and founded in 1949 within the aviation industry, Piedmont Advantage Credit Union (PACU) serves member-owners, who reside, work, worship, attend school or operate a business in one of the six counties it serves in North Carolina or who are employed by one of its many employer companies. These six counties are Davie, Forsyth, Guilford, Iredell, Mecklenburg and Rockingham.

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