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Minn. foundation gives 155000 to kids hospital
ST. PAUL, Minn. (1/27/09)--Minnesota Credit Union Foundation representatives presented Gillette Children’s Specialty Healthcare a check for more than $155,000 Jan. 20.
Representatives from the Minnesota Credit Union Foundation present a check to Gillette Children’s Specialty Healthcare for more than $155,000. From left, are: Marty Kelly and Katie Grindeland, CU4Kids co-chairs; Nick Nelson, patient at Gillette Children’s Hospital; Kristi Mukomela, chair of the Minnesota Credit Union Foundation; and Mark D. Cummins, president of the Minnesota Credit Union Foundation. (Photo provided by the Minnesota Credit Union Foundation)
The money was raised in 2008 by the Minnesota Credit Union for Kids (MnCU4Kids) committee, which is a subcommittee of the Minnesota Credit Union Foundation. In 2008, MnCU4Kids worked with credit unions statewide to raise money for Gillette, Minnesota’s Children’s Miracle Network-affiliated hospital. The volunteer committee coordinated large- and small-scale fundraisers including: a summer golf tournament, Bowl-O-Rama, Chain of Hearts, and an interactive basketball contest involving bungee cords. Individual credit unions also coordinated their own fundraisers such as cookouts, candy bar and popcorn sales, and casual days. “Through the cooperative efforts of the Credit Union for Kids committee and credit unions across the state, the committee surpassed its fundraising goal and donated more than $155,000 to the hospital,” said Kristi Mukomela, chair of the foundation. “Minnesota credit unions’ active support of the Children’s Miracle Network demonstrates their commitment to helping people in the communities they serve.” MnCU4Kids also received support from several local and national companies that work with credit unions, including CO-OP Financial Services. CO-OP Financial Services matched $20,000 in funds raised at the committee’s golf tournament and its basketball fundraiser held at the Minnesota Credit Union Network’s annual meeting. Supporting MnCU4Kids in 2008 was one part of CO-OP Financial Services’ broader efforts. It also donated $1 million to Children’s Miracle Network hospitals through its Miracle Match program. All money raised through the MnCU4Kids program supports Gillette Children’s Specialty Healthcare, which helps children with disabilities and chronic conditions. Gillette is based in St. Paul, with clinics located statewide. Credit Unions for Kids is a national program, and is endorsed by nearly all 50 state credit union leagues.
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