WASILLA— MAC Federal Credit Union, a Fairbanks-based organization made its debut in the Mat-Su Valley and officially opened to the public during the last week of June, and held a neighborhood block party to top it all off over the Fourth of July weekend.

“We just wanted to show support for the community and show that we’re good neighbors and have some entertainment for everyone,” VP of brand and culture Josh Bunch said.

Members of the community spent the day playing games, competing for prizes, and enjoying free food with their friends and families during MAC’s block party Saturday, July 3.

MAC is located off the Parks Highway, between Evangelo’s and the Grand View Inn & Suites. Visitors were able to play a cornhole tournament at Evengelo’s, take their kids to a bounce house at the Grand View, and even compete in a show and shine showdown hosted by Rev Alaska.

“We want them to know we know that they’re there, and it’s important they’re there, and we’re very community-minded,” Bunch said.

MAC CEO Angie Head added, “and to show our deep apologies for the last nine months of all the banging and clattering that was going on around here.” She said the block party was well attended and the weather held all day.

“It could not have gone better,” Head said.

MAC staff and community volunteers made the block party even more memorable by setting a world record for the most military care packages boxed in under an hour. Bunch said they prepared 1,090 boxes in about 20 minutes, breaking the previous record by 90 boxes. The care packages contain food and hygiene items that will be shipped to soldiers stationed across the globe.

“Huge thanks to the community and all the people who came out to volunteer for that. It was way more than we expected,” Bunch said.

Bunch said the first MAC location started out of Fort Wainright in 1952.

“We have a strong conn to the military… embracing that military heritage and those roots are very important to us. This was a no-brainer for us to try and do this,” Bunch said.

MAC celebrated their arrival to the community Monday, June 28 with a ribbon cutting ceremony. Head said this is their first Valley location

“We have more planned,” Head said.

According to Head, there are currently about 15,000 members across the MAC branches. The Wasilla location is the newest of four total locations. The others are in Fairbanks and Fort Wainwright.

“We specialize in helping people that other organizations will not help, first-time buyers, people with bruised and challenged credit, people that are new to the financial industry, we specialize in that. We have financial counselors. We do credit classes. So our hope is to be able to offer those services to anyone in need in the Mat-Su Valley,” Head said.

MAC’s Wasilla branch is located at 2700 East Parks Highway in Wasilla. For more information, visit macfcu.org.

Contact Mat-Su Valley Frontiersman reporter Jacob Mann at jacob.mann@frontiersman.com

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