DANA POINT, Calif. (3/28/14)--The ninth annual California and Nevada Credit Unions for Kids Wine Auction raised a record $710,000 for the 11 Children's Miracle Network Hospitals in California and Nevada.
The sold-out event, which took place March 14 in Dana Point, Calif. drew more than 415 attendees and was supported by more than 150 credit unions, business partners and hospitals. More than $2.6 million has been raised by the Credit Unions for Kids Wine Auction since 2006.
Under the umbrella of Credit Unions for Kids, the credit union movement is the third-largest corporate contributor to CMN Hospitals, behind only Wal-Mart and Costco. Credit Unions for Kids has raised more than $110 million for CMN Hospitals since its inception in 1996.
"Through the efforts and generosity of our amazing sponsors, donors, and volunteers, we have once again surpassed all expectations by raising a record amount of money for Children's Miracle Network Hospitals and the 11 Children's Hospitals in California and Nevada," said Jeff York, event chairman and president and CEO of CoastHills FCU. "The remarkable success of the auction reflects credit unions' close relationship with and commitment to their local communities."
With a Great Gatsby, Roaring Twenties theme, the evening included fine dining, dancing and both silent and live auctions. Attendees had the opportunity to bid on more than 350 gift packages that included bottles of fine wine, vacations, sporting events and a collection of premium whiskeys. Charity auctioneer and comedian Sean Kelly entertained attendees and was the event's wine auctioneer.
"Our credit union partners have demonstrated remarkable generosity and unwavering commitment to our California and Nevada children's hospitals with their support of this year's wine auction," said Joe Dearborn, Credit Unions for Kids senior director. "It's a true testament to the credit union philosophy of people helping people. The Credit Unions for Kids Wine Auction is the largest single national fundraising event for Credit Unions for Kids."
Corporate sponsors of this year's event were CU Direct, the California and Nevada Credit Union Leagues, CO-OP Financial Services and CUNA Mutual Group.