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Variety of CU activities aid kids hospitals
MADISON, Wis. (4/27/11)--Credit unions nationwide are involved in fundraising activities for Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals through Credit Unions for Kids. Among the latest fundraiser events and sponsors: * The 2011 Northwest Credit Unions for Kids Wine Auction, which benefited Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals. It raised over $135,000 on April 15. Sponsors of the event included iQ CU, Vancouver, Wash.; Financial Service Centers Cooperative, Ontario, Calif.; and CO-OP Financial Services, Rancho Cucamonga Calif.; Allied Solutions, Carmel, Ind.; CUNA Mutual Group, Madison, Wis.; Northwest Credit Union Association, Beaverton, Ore.; OnPoint CU, Portland, Ore.; BECU, Tukwilla, Wash.; Columbia Community CU, Vancouver, Wash.; Boyce Financial Group, Vancouver, Wash.; and CU Direct Corporation, Ontario, Calif. * A breakfast meeting sponsored by the Pittsburgh Chapter of the Pennsylvania Credit Union Association on April 12 at UPMC Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh. The Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh Foundation provided the food and venue for the 30 attendees in appreciation of their fundraising efforts for the Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals. A two-year fundraising effort by credit unions in the chapter concluded in December and resulted in more than $30,000, of which $25,000 was earmarked for a distraction therapy room within the hospital. The Pittsburgh Chapter is now the sponsor of the pirate-themed therapy room. * Northwest FCU Foundation presented Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals with $6,000 in donations given by members and employees, at the kickoff for the annual Credit Union Cherry Blossom Ten Mile Run in Washington D.C. * Kohler (Wis.) CU’s Chain of Hearts campaign, which raised $3,200 in February. The money raised will support Children's Hospital of Wisconsin. The campaign raised funds through the sale of links and other employee-sponsored fundraisers. Kohler CU’s Chain of Hearts is part of a statewide fundraising effort of more than 300 credit unions. * The Million Pennies Campaign is sponsored by the Virginia Credit Union League’s (VACUL) Community Involvement Committee and its partner Credit Unions Care Foundation of Virginia to raise money for the hospitals. Belvoir FCU placed collection jars throughout its branches for members to donate pennies to help kids associated with CMN Hospitals. Through this effort, Belvoir FCU contributed nearly $500. * The Minnesota Credit Union Foundation’s Credit Unions for Kids Committee, which raised more than $168,000 for Gillette Children’s Specialty Healthcare in 2010. Throughout 2010, the volunteer committee coordinated a variety of large- and small-scale fundraisers for credit unions and members statewide.
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