Redwood Credit Union Honored with Spirit of Charles DeMeo Award From Chop’s Teen Club

At the annual Give Back To The Future event on Saturday, September 15, Chop’s Teen Club will present the Spirit of Charles DeMeo award to Redwood Credit Union (RCU) for the impact the organization has made on Chop’s Teen Club and on the youth of Sonoma County.

The award is given annually to a community member or organization that embodies the spirit of Chop’s benefactor, Charles “Chop” DeMeo, who gave generously to establish Chop’s and provide local teens with a safe, fun and productive place to engage, connect and discover their true potential. Awardees are selected because of the unique contributions they have made to support the youth of the community through their volunteer efforts and leadership. Past winners include Lisa Wittke Schaffner, Bill and Suzie Freidman, Gaye LeBaron, Steve Nielsen and John Bribiescas.

“Throughout the past year RCU has made a tremendous impact on the youth in our community,” said Lorez Bailey, Executive Director of Chop’s Teen Club. “Here at Chop’s, the have helped us improve our outreach in the community through media and marketing efforts, their employees teach a regular financial literacy class during our Work-Ready program and they recently donated a van, which has helped our staff mentors inspire our members through field trips and other local outings.”

RCU believes in the positive impact of investing in its communities through the contribution of time, energy, money and leadership support to non-profit organizations and groups that make a meaningful contribution to the betterment of their communities.

“We’ve been a longtime supporter of Chop’s because they offer so many positive after-school programs where teens can develop valuable skills and confidence to help them become tomorrow’s workforce and leaders,” said Brett Martinez, President and CEO of Redwood Credit Union. “We’re grateful for the opportunity to provide financial literacy programs and other benefits to the kids at Chop’s, and we are truly honored to receive this recognition.”

All proceeds from Give Back To The Future will benefit the Sonoma County youth at Chop’s Teen Club. Appetizers and cocktails will be prepared by Stark Reality Restaurants. Dinner will be prepared and served by Chef Steve Rose and Chop’s Teen Catering Crew. Cocktails, appetizers and silent auction begin at 5:30 pm with dinner and the award presentation starting around 7. Tickets are available by calling 707.284.2467 or visit

About Chop’s Teen Club: Located in downtown Santa Rosa near Railroad Square, Chop’s Teen Club provides a safe, fun and productive place where Sonoma County teens engage, connect and discover their true potential. Chop’s Teen Club knows that youth are the future of Sonoma County and is dedicated to providing them with the time, opportunities and mentorship to enable them to become successful and contributing members of our community.