ONTARIO, Calif. (12/29/14)--The votes are in and two Children's Miracle Network (CMN) Hospitals will receive $20,000 from CU Direct as part of its 20 for 20 campaign to celebrate 20 years of serving the credit union industry.
The winners, which received the most votes from credit unions and their members throughout December, are Salt Lake City's Primary Children's Hospital and Hurley Children's Hospital in Flint, Mich.
Each hospital will receive $20,000 from CU Direct, which decided to double the amount it would donate for the campaign because of the overwhelming response to the event. At the midway point of the campaign, CU Direct had received 80,000 votes for various CMN Hospitals across the country.
Hurley Children's Hospital also received a second $20,000 prize from a local dentist, Dr. Alan Klein, who pledged to donate a matching $20,000 if Hurley won the 20 for 20 competition (MLive.com Dec. 22).
The credit unions whose membership bases voted the most for the winning hospitals will be invited to present the $20,000 checks sometime early next year.
Four runner-up CMN Hospitals will receive $5,000 donations from CU Direct as well, including Riley Hospital for Children in Indianapolis; OHSU Doernbecher Children's Hospital in Portland, Ore.; McLane Children's Scott & White Hospital in Waco, Texas; and Connecticut Children's Medical Center in Hartford, Conn.
Overall, CU Direct will donate $60,000 to CMN Hospitals nationwide, "and that's all because of your help and commitment to voting and getting the word out," CU Direct said on its website.
CU Direct operates a lending network comprised of 1,100 credit unions and 11,400 dealers. It has facilitated more than 7.4 million auto loans totaling roughly $157 billion since 1994.