SOURCE: Gesa Credit Union

Gesa Credit Union

October 16, 2012 16:00 ET

The Carousel Foundation and Gesa Credit Union Jointly Announce a $1 Million Presenting Partnership Agreement for The Carousel of Dreams

TRI-CITIES, WA--(Marketwire - Oct 16, 2012) - The Carousel Foundation and Gesa Credit Union have jointly announced today they have entered into a 12-year, $1 million presenting partnership. The Carousel of Dreams will now be referred to as The Carousel of Dreams presented by Gesa Credit Union

Construction of the facility and installation of the vintage 1910 Charles Carmel Carousel will be funded in large part through Gesa Credit Union's $1 million commitment, and is expected to be completed by the summer of 2013. The Carousel of Dreams will be located at the Southridge Sports and Events Complex in Kennewick, Washington. 

Carousel Foundation President, Eric Van Winkle, stated, "We are very excited to have Gesa Credit Union on-board as a presenting partner." He added, "This is a true testament to Gesa's continued commitment to Tri-Cities' families and the overall quality of life in our community."

Christina Lethlean, President/CEO of Gesa Credit Union, stated, "It is a privilege to be associated with The Carousel Foundation to bring such a timeless treasure to the Tri-Cities area. This partnership continues our commitment to providing support for the communities in which Gesa serves, and we are pleased to help provide quality family entertainment to our members, other residents, and the many visitors that will be drawn to the area to enjoy this unique and wonderful carousel."

Dwight Marquart, Capital Committee Chairperson, commented, "Gesa Credit Union is helping to bring a world-class piece of art to life in the Tri-Cities. Once completed, the Carousel of Dreams will become a destination for all generations, young and old, to enjoy."

Gesa Credit Union has served Washington State's Tri-Cities community since 1953, and is one of the state's largest credit unions with $1.2 billion in assets and 108,000 members at June 30, 2012. Gesa is a full service financial institution that offers a complete array of consumer, mortgage and business products and services. Headquartered in Richland, Washington, Gesa operates 10 branch offices in the Kennewick, Richland, Pasco, Walla Walla and Wenatchee communities. Gesa also supports seven student-operated high school branches -- the most in the state. Gesa's commitment to local communities includes support for Junior Achievement, Tri-Cities Habitat for Humanity, annual youth scholarships, and free financial seminars open to members and the general public. For more information visit

The Tri-Cities Carousel of Dreams Foundation is a non-profit organization that is restoring a 102 year old big-park carousel to its original condition for the public to enjoy at the Southridge Sports Complex in Kennewick, Washington. The Carousel of Dreams presented by Gesa Credit Union will also provide the area with a new venue open year-round for arts, entertainment, weddings and birthday parties for the entire community. More information about the Carousel of Dreams Foundation can be found at

Contact Information

  • Contacts:
    Christina Lethlean
    President and CEO
    Gesa Credit Union
    Email Contact

    Eric Van Winkle
    Three Rivers Carousel Foundation
    Email Contact

    Dwight Marquart
    Chairperson, Carousel Foundation Capital Committee
    Email Contact