Northwest credit unions proved their commitment to Credit Unions for Kids – a charity they founded in the region more than 30 years ago, coming together for the Northwest Credit Union Association’s virtual, “Cheers & Chocolates” auction to benefit eight Children’s Miracle Network hospitals serving Idaho, Oregon, and Washington. By the time the night was over credit unions had contributed $700,000.
The event kicked off with a lively virtual wine and chocolate tasting, hosted by a popular Washington winemaker and an Idaho chocolatier.
Attendees were inspired by the event’s Miracle Child, 15-year-old Elle Fisher from Silverton, Ore. Elle was born with hemifacial microsomia, a condition that affects the development of the lower half of her face. She has had 13 surgeries to expand her jaw, but none of that stops the energetic powerhouse from wake surfing, skiing moguls, or riding her horse in barrel races.
In friendly competition, credit unions battled it out as they outbid each other on electric cars to be presented to each of the CMN hospitals., raising $323,000 for those alone.
Other popular items included a coastal weekend getaway, a VIP winery tour, 15 pounds of Alaskan King Crab and a package to help Elle Fisher sell lemonade and mistletoe to raise money for the hospital where she has been treated.
“Though this was a first-of-its-kind virtual auction, Northwest credit unions showed up, as they always do, to demonstrate their steadfast dedication to this cause,” said NWCUA Director of Programming Holly Miller. “It’s so inspiring to see credit unions rally around these eight hospitals year after year.”
Volunteers from credit unions help the NWCUA plan the annual auction. This year’s volunteers include: