SACRAMENTO, Calif. (6/13/14)--With assistance from a CO-OP Miracle Match to $30 million-asset Diablo Valley FCU, Concord, Calif., the 2014 Credit Union SacTown Ten-Mile Run raised more than $200,000 for Children's Miracle Network Hospitals, the California and Nevada Credit Union Leagues reported Thursday.
CO-OP Miracle Match is a matching program from CO-OP Financial Services that helps credit unions maximize their fundraisers.
The $25,000 Miracle Match funds will be distributed to these Children's Miracle Network hospitals:
"Many thanks to CO-OP for this wonderful program that will help sick or injured children have access to the resources they need for healing," said Diablo Valley FCU CEO John Pamer. "More than $171,000 of the money raised in this year's event will go to Children's Miracle Network hospitals--and this was only our third year."
The "SacTown" race--which took place April 6 in downtown Sacramento, Calif.--was sponsored by CU Miracle Day Inc., along with 55 credit unions and credit union businesses, including the California and Nevada Credit Union Leagues.
The race--which includes a three-person relay and other lively festivities, and is also designed to increase national awareness of credit unions--took place the same day as the 41st Annual Credit Union Cherry Blossom Ten-Mile Run in Washington, D.C., followed by the Credit Union Freedom Runs for troops overseas. Combined, the "Family of Races" raised $487,000 for CMN Hospitals across the country.
More than 1,200 runners--including more than 500 credit union employees and members--participated in the race, which started and finished in front of the state Capitol building, with a $15,000-prize purse awarded. About 170 credit union staff and members worked the event as volunteers.
Launched in 2008, CO-OP's Miracle Match Program is a philanthropic matching program that encourages credit unions, chapters and leagues to create and participate in local CMNH fundraisers. In 2013, the program---along with 154 participating credit unions--helped raised more than $3 million for 98 Children's Miracle Network Hospitals in 34 states.