The California and Nevada CU4Kids Wine Auction, held in Dana Point, Calif., raised more than $1 million—representing CUs’ largest single fund-raiser for CMN Hospitals.
Credit unions and friends showed their support in a couple of very different ways at a few recent events held on behalf of Children’s Miracle Network (CMN) Hospitals, raising nearly $2 million under the Credit Unions for Kids banner.
The California and Nevada Credit Unions for Kids Wine Auction brought in more than $1 million in donated funds—a new record for the 10th annual event.
More than 425 people attended the auction, which more than 80 credit unions, businesses, and hospitals supported. The California and Nevada Credit Union Leagues, CU Direct, CO-OP Financial Services, CUNA Mutual Group, and credit union partners covered all operating costs. Eric Day, a board member for the Credit Union of Southern California in Anaheim, made a $200,000 private donation in honor of Martha Eileen Sheff.
Since 2006, the wine auction has raised more than $3.6 million for CMN Hospitals in the two states.
“Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals are a special cause for credit unions,” says Jeff York, wine auction chair and president/CEO of CoastHills Credit Union in Lompoc, Calif.
Just as grapes fueled the wine auction, adrenaline powered a pair of respected running events that benefit Credit Unions for Kids on April 12.
About 20,000 people participated in the 14th annual Credit Union Cherry Blossom Ten Mile Run festivities in Washington, D.C., which benefited from great timing with the blossoms in full bloom.
Organizers nimbly trimmed the signature event to 9.39 miles when an accident on the course the morning of the race forced them to change the route, and all went smoothly.
Later that day, more than 1,500 runners—including about 500 credit union participants—took part in the fifth annual Credit Union SacTown Ten-Mile Run and related activities in Sacramento, Calif.
A contingent of credit union leaders, including CUNA Board Chairwoman Susan Streifel and CUNA President/CEO Jim Nussle, presented to CMN Hospitals a check for $525,852 raised this year through the Credit Union Miracle Day (CUMD) Family of Races.
The fun didn’t stop there.
To involve military personnel stationed abroad, CUMD featured two Freedom Runs: one at Camp Arifjan in Kuwait, sponsored by the Defense Credit Union Council; and another at Wiesbaden Army Garrison in Germany, sponsored by $1.1 billion asset Andrews Federal Credit Union in Clinton, Md.