CUs ‘put the pedal to the metal’ to support kids

CMN co-founder applauds CUs for their financial and leadership commitment.

March 1, 2011

CUs for Kids raised more than $8.7 million for Children’s Miracle Network (CMN) hospitals in 2010, said John Schneider, CMN co-founder and “Dukes of Hazzard” television star, during yesterday’s Annual General Meeting.

During a weak and challenging economy, CUs raised even more than they did in 2009, he said. “It tells me about your resolve to help kids. It would have been easy to take your foot off the accelerator. But you didn’t. You put the pedal to the metal on the old General Lee and crossed the creek.”

In addition to financial support, CUs provide valuable leadership at the local, state, and national levels, he said. He appealed to CUs to take part in a $1 per member challenge through programs such as coin collections, jeans days, and holiday campaigns.

Since 1996, CUs for Kids has raised more than $80 million for the 170 CMN hospitals nationwide. The hospitals provide around-the-clock commitment and care for children, including more than $4 billion in uncompensated care last year.