SPOKANE, Wash. (10/16/14)--The Northwest Credit Union Association (NWCUA) wrapped up this year's Amplify Convention with a gala that brought in a record amount of money for Children's Miracle Network Hospitals and another that highlighted the excellence of credit union professionals in Oregon and Washington.
Summit Awards were given to three Northwest credit union professionals who according to the league have ascended to the highest pinnacles of the movement (Anthem Oct. 14).
Roger Michaelis, president/CEO of $534 million-asset iQ CU, Vancouver, Wash., received the 2014 award for lifetime achievement. Michaelis has spent four decades as an innovator--founding some of the region's first credit union service organizations--and philanthropist who helped establish Credit Unions for Kids.
"It speaks volumes that more than 20 community and credit union leaders united to nominate Roger for the Lifetime Achievement Award," said NWCUA President/CEO Troy Stang.
The Innovation and Impact Award went to Ynette Gibbs, CEO, Newrizons FCU, Hoquiam, Wash., with $11.8 million in assets. Gibbs was honored for her commitment to underserved consumers, including "character-based lending" and a Volunteer Tax Assistance Program that resulted in more than $500,000 in refunds for 300 working-poor families.
Victoria King, business services manager, Rivermark Community CU, Beaverton, Ore., with $590 million in assets, was honored as the young credit union professional of the year for her advocacy, community volunteerism and business development expertise.
The Credit Union Advocates program noted the achievements of credit union professionals in the realm of political and grassroots advocacy. Washington representative Susan Streifel, CEO, Woodstone CU, Federal Way, with $92 million in assets; and Oregon's Mandy Jones, CEO, Oregon Community CU, Eugene, with $1.2 billion in assets, took home the awards.
|Miracle Child Aiden Kemp is surrounded by superheroes during the Northwest Credit Union Association's Heroes of Hope gala, which raised more than $200,000 for the region's six Children's Miracle Network Hospitals. (Northwest Credit Union Association Photo)|
Last week's convention also resulted in more than $200,000 raised for Credit Unions for Kids.
This year's Miracle Child, 10-year-old Aiden Kemp, was stricken with a rare autoimmune disorder that left him incapable of walking. With the help of Children's Miracle Network Hospitals, Aiden is working to regain the use of his legs, all while learning how to race in his wheelchair.
The auction of six toy-filled wagons, as well as a "Raise the Paddle" event, brought in $178,651, and additional donations Thursday morning pushed the total over $200,000. The total includes $25,000 from CO-OP Financial Services' Miracle Match program.
"Northwest credit unions stepped up in a historic way to support the children and families who, during some of the hardest, most frightening moments of their lives, rely on Children's Miracle Network Hospitals," Stang said.
Ten Northwest credit unions will move on to the national competition for the Dora Maxwell Social Responsibility Community Service Awards and Desjardins Youth and Adult Financial Education Awards.
Dora Maxwell first-place winners, by asset size, were:
Desjardin Adult Financial Literacy Awards went to OSU FCU, Corvallis, Ore., with $864 million in assets; and BECU.
Desjardin Youth Financial Literacy Awards were given to Pacific Crest FCU, Klamath Falls, Ore., with $149 million in assets; Seattle Metropolitan CU, with $601 million in assets; and OSU FCU.