ST. PAUL, Minn., and DANA Point, Calif. (4/1/13)--Credit unions in California, Nevada, Minnesota, and Wisconsin reported fundraising for the Credit Unions for Kids efforts to benefit Children's Miracle Network Hospitals in their states.
|The eighth annual California and Nevada Credit Unions for Kids Wine Auction in Dana Point, Calif., raised a record $500,000 for 11 Children's Miracle Network Hospitals in California and Nevada. The auction event drew more than 360 attendees from 78 credit unions, business partners and hospitals. (Photo provided by Credit Unions for Kids)|
The eighth annual California and Nevada Credit Unions for Kids Wine Auction, Dana Point, Calif., raised a record $500,000 for 11 Children's Miracle Network Hospitals in California and Nevada. The sold-out March 22 event drew more than 360 attendees from 78 credit unions, business partners and hospitals. The event has raised more than $1.9 million since 2006.
"Having surpassed all expectations by raising a record amount of money for the Children's Miracle Network truly speaks to the generosity of the credit union movement and reinforces credit unions' strong relationship with, and commitment to, their local communities," said Darren Williams, event chairman and CEO of Wescom CU, Pasadena, Calif.
Auctioneer was charity auctioneer and comedian Sean Kelly. Special guest was Natalie Reggio, a 20-year-old college student and CMN patient since 2006, who shared how Children's Hospital of Orange County changed her life. Corporate sponsors included the California and Nevada Credit Union Leagues, CU Direct Corp., CO-OP Financial Services and CUNA Mutual Group.
The Minnesota Credit Union Foundation presented a check for nearly $204,495 to Gillette Children's Specialty Healthcare. From left: Dave Engler, Minnesota Credit Unions for Kids (MnCU4Kids) co-chair; Mark D. Cummins, Minnesota Credit Union Foundation president; Marlo Hirl, MnCU4Kids co-chair; and Becky DeRosia, development associate for Gillette Children's. (Photo provided by the Minnesota Credit Union Foundation)
"Our credit union partners once again demonstrated their 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, senior director, Credit Unions for Kids. "It's a true testament to the credit union philosophy of people helping people."
In Minnesota, credit unions raised more than $200,000 in 2012 for Gillette Children's Specialty Healthcare and its clinics statewide through a variety of activities. Representatives from Minnesota Credit Unions for Kids (MnCU4Kids) and the Minnesota Credit Union Foundation presented a check for $204,494.09, which will directly benefit the hospital and its patients. Several local and national companies that work with credit unions, including CO-OP Financial Services, helped surpass the milestone.
"Many of our participating credit unions tour Gillette Children's hospital on an annual basis and have seen first-hand the local need for the state-of-the-art care that the kids at Gillette receive," said MnCU4Kids Co-chair Marlo Hirl.
"Credit Unions for Kids has been a constant source of support for many years, and we rely on them as a sponsor," said Darlis Clausen, Children's Miracle Network manager at Gillette.
|Members and employees of Landmark CU, New Berlin, Wis. raised $36,618 for Children's Hospital Foundation through its Credit Unions for Kids Chain of Hearts program. Landmark CEO Jay Magulski presents the check to Liz Girsch, Children's Hospital of Wisconsin. (Photo provided by Landmark CU)|
MnCU4Kids is a committee of the foundation and part of a collaboration of credit unions and their organizations and partners raising funds through a variety of activities for Children's Miracle Network-affiliated hospitals.
Among credit unions announcing their individual efforts on behalf of CU4 Kids was New Berlin, Wis., Landmark CU. Hundreds of its members and 530 employees raised $36,618 for Children's Hospital Foundation by selling $1 "links" and $10 "hearts" during its CU4Kids Chain of Hearts campaign. That was a 13% increase over last year.