Greenville, S.C. (10/10/14)--In 2012, the Carolinas Credit Union Foundation (CCUF) set out to achieve $600,000 in fundraising dollars to pay for renovations to two local children's hospitals.
The "after" shot of the Greenville Health System's Children's Hospital lobby after being renovated, thanks to the Carolinas Credit Union Foundation's donation. (Carolinas Credit Union Foundation Photo)
The foundation reached that goal this week.
Stemming from a campaign started by Greenville (S.C.) FCU, with $178 million in assets, the money will pay for upgrades to the Greenville (S.C.) Health System's Children's Hospital lobby and for improvements to the Levine Children's Hospital, Charlotte, N.C., rooftop garden playground. Both hospitals are part of the Children's Miracle Network Hospitals.
A recent golf tournament to raise funds for the program finally pushed the foundation over the $600,000 mark.
"The credit unions of North Carolina and South Carolina are affecting families every day with these facilities," said John McGrail, foundation president/CEO (In the Loop Oct. 9). "I cannot overstate it. We are touching thousands of lives each year with the improvements made in these hospitals. The credit union recognition is strong in both of these (regions) and we are making a daily statement about who we are in the financial marketplace by donating dollars and other resources to these organizations."
Added Dianne Dillon, Children's Miracle Network coordinator for Greenville Health Systems: "The support of the Carolinas Credit Union Foundation changed a sterile lobby hospital space into an interactive and creative child-friendly environment."
The "after" shot of the Levine Children's Hospital rooftop garden playground. (Carolinas Credit Union Foundation Photo)
The golf tournament, which this year raised $50,556 alone, has been one of the strongest fundraising events in the Carolinas, according to CCUF, raising more than $110,000 in three years for the foundation's children's hospital projects.
With the fundraising for the dual-renovations project complete, the foundation soon plans to announce goals for next year and beyond.
"I can't adequately express my appreciation and sheer awe of the results that this collaboration has produced," McGrail said. "The impetus for this event started with Greenville FCU and is still led by Matt Tebbetts, (vice president) of marketing and communications. Over these three years it has turned into a very powerful example of credit unions coming together to accomplish something extraordinary."
The league's Levine's Children Hospital project was also supported by the Credit Union National Association, credit unions and the National Journal. The effort, in part, represented credit unions' tradition of honoring each national political convention city with a "leave-behind" project that will serve the local communities long after the conventions have left town. The Democratic National Convention was held in Charlotte in 2012. A similar playgound project was completed in Tampa, Fla., where the Republican National Convention was held.