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Wine auction raises 270K for kids hospitals
DANA POINT, Calif. (4/21/11)--The sixth annual California and Nevada Credit Unions for Kids Wine Auction raised a record $270,000 for 11 Children's Miracle Network Hospitals in the two states, announced the event's organizers. The March 25 event in Dana Point, Calif., drew more than 300 attendees from more than 75 credit unions, organizations and hospitals. The wine auction has raised more than $1 million since 2006 for Children's Miracle Network Hospitals. "Achieving $1 million in donations for Credit Unions for Kids over that span is incredible, and greatly reinforces what credit unions are all about--people helping people," said Teresa Freeborn, chair of the Wine Auction Committee and president/CEO of Xceed Financial CU, El Segundo, Calif. At the event, attendees bid on a variety of items, including more than 260 bottles of wine and several travel packages for vacations in Northern California, Hawaii and San Diego.
Click to view larger image The California and Nevada Credit Unions for Kids Wine Auction Committee and representatives from Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals in California announced the auction raised $270,000 for 11 Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals in California and Nevada. (Photo provided by Credit Unions for Kids)
The evening's special guest was Bailey Spoonhower, 9, miracle child from Children's Hospital Orange County, Calif. Spoonhower, with the help of his mother, shared his message of hope after battling rhabdomyosarcoma, a muscle cancer, for three years. He is now cancer free. The Spoonhower family's YouTube channel, which documented the cancer battle, was seen by thousands of viewers. The Wine Auction Committee comprises credit union representatives who work closely with their local Children's Miracle Network Hospital representatives to help raise awareness of the event. Corporate sponsors, who paid all upfront costs associated with the auction, includedthe California and Nevada leagues, CU Direct Corp., CO-OP Financial Services, Financial Service Centers Cooperative Inc, and CUNA Mutual Group. Grand reserve sponsors were: Financial Partners CU, Downey, Calif.; SchoolsFirst FCU, Santa Ana; Xceed Financial CU; AutoNation Direct; and Fifth Third Processing Solutions. Fiserv sponsored the appearance by comedy duo Bermuda Mavericks.


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