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Over 15,000 kick off the holiday season at American Heritage’s Grand Illumination

Thursday, November 30, 2017  
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  Over 15,000 people enjoyed a festive Christmas tree lighting and fireworks symphony at American Heritage Credit Union's Grand Illumination held on November 25 in Philadelphia.

Philadelphia, PA – Over 15,000 people celebrated the start of the holiday season in Northeast Philadelphia at American Heritage Credit Union's Annual Grand Illumination Tree Lighting and Fireworks Symphony on Saturday, November 25.

Guests enjoyed the sounds of the Philadelphia Boys Choir and The Fife and Drums of the Old Barracks before Benjamin Franklin and Betsy Ross counted down the lighting of the credit union's 40-foot Christmas tree that illuminated over 35,000 lights. The tree lighting triggered the evening's grand finale, a spectacular fireworks show set to the music of the HBO series "John Adams."

American Heritage also presented their American Heritage Award to three Philadelphia Police Officers who have gone above and beyond in serving our community. This year the award went to Officer Joel Rice, Officer Sean Schmied, and Officer Myoung No.

Philadelphia colonial icons Benjamin Franklin and Betsy Ross join American Heritage Credit Union mascots, Pat the Patriot and Lucy Change, at the credit union's Annual Grand Illumination November 25.  

Guests were asked to bring donations of canned or dry foods as admission to the event to support Philabundance. The credit union also raised over $3,000 for the Children's Hospital of Philadelphia through on-site donations.

American Heritage Credit Union is a $2 billion, member-owned financial cooperative serving over 800 Workplace Partners. It is the country's 121st largest Credit Union with over 165,000 members and 35 branches in the Philadelphia, Bucks, Montgomery, Delaware and Camden Counties.