CUs Celebrate 'Champion Children'

Credit Unions For Kids helps CMN Hospitals honor child ambassadors at Celebration conference.

December 1, 2013

CU4Kids-champion medal ceremony

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.

Throughout the event, hosted by CMN Hospitals co-founders Marie Osmond and John Schneider (top, center), 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.

CU4Kids-champion children minnesota

Jeff Schwalen (top left), president, Hiway FCU, St. Paul, Minn., and his wife, Jackie Schwalen, chat with longtime patients of CMN Hospitals, sisters Lily (top right) and Kaeli (bottom right) Harris—Champion Children representing Minnesota—and their mother, Adele Harris.


Stan Hollen (left), CEO, CO-OP Financial Services, introduces John Lauch, president/CEO of CMN Hospitals, to CU attendees at a Credit Unions for Kids reception hosted by CO-OP Financial Services. 

CU4Kids-AACUL Celebration

Representatives from several CU leagues attended a best-practices session hosted by the American Association of CU Leagues (AACUL) and CMN Hospitals. Back row, from left: Joe Dearborn, CMN Hospitals; Brandi Stankovic, Mitchell, Stankovic & Associates; Leonard Parkhurst, Southeastern CU Foundation; John McGrail, Carolinas CU Foundation; Kristi Arrington, Georgia CU Affiliates; and Tracie Kenyon and Kara Connors of the Montana CU Network. Front row, from left: Lucy Ito, California and Nevada CU Leagues; Felicity Guerin, AACUL; Maria Langston, Missouri CU Association; Bridget Betts, Maryland/D.C. CU Association (MDDCCUA); Dan Finerty, Mountain West CU Association; and Sarah Turner, MDDCCUA.

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."

CU4Kids-Champion Child Canada

Amisha Hockridge, Saskatchewan’s Champion Child—who suffers from microtia and craniofacial microsomia—shares with Andrew Johnson from Members1st Federal Credit Union in Mechanicsburg, Pa., that her father works for Innovation Credit Union in Canada.  

CU4Kids-pin exchange

Credit union representatives and their families sport CU4Kids shirts at the Pin Exchange event where conference attendees meet the Champion Children and get their autographs.