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WOCCU auction raises record amount
LAS VEGAS (7/23/10)--Frenzied bidders--both online and in person--helped the World Council of Credit Unions (WOCCU) raise a record
Click to view larger image Crissy Cheney, wife of Credit Union National Association President/CEO Bill Cheney, bids on an item during the World Council of Credit Unions’ charity auction at The 1 Credit Union Conference in Las Vegas last week. Crissy Cheney co-chaired the auction.
amount during its annual silent and live auctions held at the close of The 1 Credit Union Conference, the joint meeting of the Credit Union National Association (CUNA) and WOCCU last week in Las Vegas. Bidders in the silent auction, which for the first time allowed online bids, pledged more than $28,800 compared to $8,261 raised during WOCCU’s 2009 World Credit Union Conference in Barcelona, Spain. Bidders in the live auction pledged more than $45,000 compared to $9,410 in 2009. Total funds pledged were roughly $74,000--more than four times the amount raised last year. The money will be used to support global credit union development. The move to an online format with higher-value items that contributed directly to the auction’s success was largely the work of auction co-chairs Judy Ensweiler, wife of Texas Credit Union
Click to view larger image Scott Kennedy of Mississauga, Ontario, waves a Canadian flag to catch the attention of auctioneer Dick Ensweiler, president/CEO of the Texas Credit Union League. Kennedy’s wife, Sandy, pledged to support the Busia Compasionate Centre, a Kenyan orphanage supported by the World Council of Credit Unions. (Photos provided by the World Council of Credit Unions)
League President/CEO Dick Ensweiler, and Crissy Cheney, wife of CUNA President/CEO Bill Cheney. The highest bids came during the live auction for items that included a week in a Las Vegas condo; a Chicago shopping spree; lunch and a private U.S. Capitol tour in Washington, D.C., hosted by former CUNA President/CEO Dan Mica; and a New York hotel night, dinner and tickets for the Broadway production of Jersey Boys. Conference registrations were auctioned and also awarded to two winners in a drawing held at the conference. The auction concluded with an open call for participants to fund Busia Compassionate Centre, an orphanage that WOCCU supports in rural Kenya. More than 70 bidders responded with an additional $28,000 in pledges for the orphanage.
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