Buckle Up: Here Comes a Duke Boy

Actor John Schneider is a tenacious fund-raiser.

February 27, 2011

John Schneider describes his approach to promoting worthy causes this way:

“I’m like a bad head cold. I just won't go away! So you might as well get out your checkbook!”

Schneider—an actor and singer best known as the fast-drivin’, rubber-burnin’ Bo Duke on “The Dukes of Hazzard” and as Clark Kent’s father on “Smallville—has starred in a more important role since 1983: co-founder of Children’s Miracle Network (CMN) Hospitals with singer/actress Marie Osmond.

He’ll address attendees during CUNA’s Annual General Meeting this morning at 10:30.

CMN raises money for 170 children’s hospitals in the U.S. Credit unions are top contributors to the network through programs such as Credit Unions for Kids and the annual Credit Union Cherry Blossom Ten Mile Run.

Credit Unions for Kids is a collaborative effort involving credit unions, local chapters, state leagues, national trade organizations, business partners, and trade publications.

The credit union movement has raised $80 million for children’s hospitals since the program’s launch in 1996. Credit unions are the third-largest annual corporate contributor to CMN Hospitals following Wal-Mart and Costco.

Schneider continues to host CMN’s annual telethon, participate in various sponsor events, and visit children’s hospitals throughout North America.
This spring, he’ll star in the film “Doonby” as a drifter who visits a small town and makes it better—until he’s stalked by a menacing force. Think “It’s a Wonderful Life” minus the “wonderful.”