Credit Unions for Kids: A Celebration of Champions

CU professionals honor 'Champion Children' who represent CMN Hospitals.

January 5, 2014
CU4Kids-Champion Child Nebraska From left: Miss America, Nina Davuluri of New York, joins Disney Channel star Zendaya, Delta Air Lines' LaSandra Boykin, and Nick Cannon of "America's Got Talent" to lead an audience in cheers for Christian Overly, Nebraska's "Champion Child."

More than 50 credit union industry professionals celebrated the 30th anniversary of Children’s Miracle Network (CMN) Hospitals at the three-day “Celebration” conference at Disney World in Orlando, Fla.

Celebration is an annual meeting like none other. The event brings together key CMN Hospitals stakeholders: patient families, hospital program directors and executives, celebrity spokespeople, media partners, and representatives from top industry contributors.

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Credit unions, the third-largest CMN Hospitals corporate sponsor behind Walmart and Costco, contributed $10 million in 2012 and have raised more than $110 million since 1996 through their development arm, Credit Unions for Kids.

Throughout the event, hosted by CMN Hospitals co-founders Marie Osmond and John Schneider, attendees honor and celebrate 58 “Champion Children”— patients from each state, Canadian province, and Puerto Rico who symbolize the millions of miracles CMN Hospitals perform.

The highlight: A ceremony where each of the Champion Children receives a medal to commemorate their year as a CMN Hospitals ambassador.

Nick Cannon from “America’s Got Talent” emceed the event with the help of Miss America, Nina Davuluri of New York, and Zendaya, star of the Disney Channel sitcom “Shake It Up.”

“Attending Celebration, meeting the patient families and hearing firsthand about the miracles local CMN Hospitals perform every day is a great reminder of why credit unions support Credit Unions for Kids,” says Nancy Croix Stroud, president/CEO of $45 million asset First Class American Credit Union in Fort Worth, Texas.

“First Class American Credit Union is proud to honor our industry’s vision and ‘Unite for Good’ with credit unions nationwide in support of these kids.”

FELICITY GUERIN is the Credit Unions for Kids development manager for the American Association of Credit Union Leagues.