Hurley Children’s Hospital in Flint, Mich., walked away with the top prize in this year’s #VoteForMiracles campaign, receiving 43,375 votes and taking a prize of $50,000. Four other winners were announced Wednesday by Children’s Miracle Network (CMN) Hospitals and Credit Unions for Kids.
Over the course of 22 days, almost 300,000 votes were cast for 141 CMN Hospitals. In addition, members representing more than 2,500 credit unions cast votes during the campaign.
The $50,000 awarded to Hurley’s Children’s Hospital will go directly towards the hospital’s new Pediatric Private Patient Rooms initiative. Once the project is completed, Credit Unions for Kids and CO-OP Financial Services will be recognized with a plaque commemorating the gift.
“We are so appreciative of all that credit unions have done for Hurley Children’s Hospital over the years,” said Melany Gavulic, president/CEO, Hurley Medical Center. “We are delighted that we could use Vote for Miracles to not only raise much-needed funds for our hospital but also tell the amazing story of the credit unions’ generosity through the Credit Unions for Kids program.”
Making the win even sweeter was an additional $10,000 gift on behalf of Dr. Alan Klein, a pediatric dentist on staff at Hurley.
Finishing in second place with 37,494 votes and winner of $20,000, was Mercy Health--Children’s Hospital in Toledo, Ohio.
“On behalf of Mercy Health--Children’s Hospital, we are so thankful to all our patients, employees, credit unions and the community at large who came out to vote,” said Barb Dianda-Martin, administrator for Mercy Health--Children’s Hospital. “This gift of $20,000 will allow us to enhance programs and services for our children and their families as well as purchase additional equipment as needed.”
Rounding out the top five were:
“The Vote for Miracles has been a great way to culminate the celebration of the Credit Unions for Kids 20th anniversary,” said John Lauck, president/CEO, CMN Hospitals. “It has allowed us to share our story with a large audience while saluting our credit union partners for two decades of incredible support.”
Designed to engage consumers, #VoteForMiracles saw nearly 300,000 people cast votes during the three-week campaign. During the voting process, voters were asked to “Choose their Credit Union.”
The credit unions that generated the most votes for the winning hospitals will be announced at a later date and will be invited to participate in the check presentation at their respective hospital in January.