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Cherry Blossom Run success a collaborative effort
WASHINGTON (4/7/11)--Over the past 10 years, more than 90 credit unions from 30 states have been a part of the annual Credit Union Cherry Blossom Ten Mile Run, indicating its success is a truly collaborative effort in raising funds to benefit Children's Miracle Network Hospitals.
Click to view larger image Officials from Credit Union Miracle Day (CUMD) present their 2011 donation of $578,000 to Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals on behalf of Credit Unions for Kids. The donation brings their 10-year total to more than $5 million. From left are CUMD officials: Jan Roche, State Department FCU, treasurer; Juri Valdov, chairman; Teresa Mann, The Partnership CU, vice chairman; and Sara Turner, Maryland and District of Columbia Credit Union Association, executive director. (Photo provided by Credit Union Miracle Day Inc.)
The 39th annual run Sunday attracted more than 15,000 runners--roughly 7,000 of them credit union members--who competed in the event around the monuments of Washington, D.C. and raised $578,000 to bring the funds donated by credit unions over the 10 years to more than $5 million. More than 700 employees from area credit unions such as State Department FCU, Navy FCU and Northwest FCU volunteered that day. "Thanks to the tremendous support of our lead partner, PSCU Financial Services, once again, we are able to donate 100% of the funds raised to Children's Miracle Network affiliated hospitals across the country," said Juri Valdov, chairman of the title sponsor group, Credit Union Miracle Day Inc. (CUMD). "Thanks to partners such as PSCU Financial Services, the run has been a success on every level." Valdov reported that 91 members of Congress from 34 states were Honorary Race Chairs--more than twice the number as last year. Nearly 700 Hill runners participated in the run. During a kickoff press conference at the Children's National Medical Center in Washington, D.C., Valdov announced that credit unions had signed on to sponsor the race through 2016. CUMD is a partnership of credit unions, credit union service organizations, and partner organizations that have joined under the umbrella Credit Unions for Kids to support Children's Miracle Network Hospitals by sponsoring the run. In addition to PSCU Financial Services, which underwrote the administrative costs of the run, CUNA Mutual Group underwrote the development of CUMD's Facebook pages and helped get credit union support across the country. One hundred percent of the funds raised by credit unions go to their local Children's Miracle Network Hospital. The effort supports 170 hospitals across the country.


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