MADISON, Wis. (8/14/12)--Credit Union Miracle Day (CUMD) is the winner of the 2013 Herb Wegner Memorial Award for Outstanding Program, the National Credit Union Foundation (NCUF) announced Monday.
Through its races benefiting Children's Miracle Network Hospitals, CUMD has made a significant impact in the credit union industry, NCUF said. The award was made in recognition of those efforts in raising national awareness of credit unions, local community partnerships and fundraising.
Credit Union Miracle Day board members, sponsor officials and Children's Miracle Network Hospitals present a donation check at the start line of the Credit Union Cherry Blossom Ten Mile Run in Washington, D.C. (Photo provided by the National Credit Union Foundation)
This will be one of three Herb Wegner Memorial Awards presented at a special dinner hosted by NCUF in Washington, D.C., on Feb. 25, during the Credit Union National Association's 2013 Governmental Affairs Conference. Online registration for dinner tickets will be available later this year on the NCUF website.
"Credit Union Miracle Day is one of those rare and special events that seems to have grown into a level of influence and prominence in such as small amount of time that is hard to comprehend its entirety," said NCUF Awards and Recognition Committee Chairman Bob Schumacher. "It encompasses not only raising funds for a worthy cause, but also has an impact on credit union advocacy that is almost unmatched in its power. It is certainly a Wegner winner."
"It's been a tremendous team effort, which entails countless volunteer hours from our board and committee members, but it is all worth it for the children, the credit unions and the community," said CUMD Chairman Juri Valdov.
CUMD is the largest national credit union event for Credit Unions for Kids, a nonprofit collaboration of credit union organizations that raise funds to benefit Children's Miracle Network Hospitals. CUMD started with the 2002 credit union sponsorship of its now flagship event, the Credit Union Cherry Blossom Ten Mile Run in Washington, D.C.
Last year, CUMD added the new Credit Union SacTown Ten-Mile Run in Sacramento, Calif., and two Freedom Runs for American troops overseas, including one at Camp Arifjan, Kuwait, and one at Wiesbaden Army Garrison, Germany, all held on or around the same day.
To date, CUMD has generated more than $5.5 million for 136 Children's Miracle Network Hospitals nationwide.
CUMD also conducts a special event at the Children's National Medical Center in Washington, D.C. Credit union leaders join with hospital personnel and patients to highlight the successes of children's hospitals. A similar event is hosted in California. CUMD also has inspired communities throughout the nation to create their own events. One example of this is a statewide walk in Ohio that supports Credit Unions for Kids.
Aside from the visibility on Capitol Hill, CUMD helps bring national awareness of credit unions to consumers in many ways. "CUMD has brought awareness to consumers that credit unions are an alternative financial institution," said Tom Dorety, president/CEO of Suncoast Schools FCU in Tampa, Fla.
Each year, the website, promotional material and signage for the races prominently note the credit union connection. Media exposure extends beyond Capitol Hill publications and there is live video streaming. The races are covered by national media.
The Credit Union Cherry Blossom Ten Mile Run and Credit Union SacTown Ten-Mile Run attracted 93 credit unions, 56 business partner organizations, 16‚000 runners and more than 700 volunteers who are credit union members nationwide in support for children. Credit unions from 13 states participated in this year's race activities, helping the race become more than a regional event. It is also estimated that about half of the runners are credit union members.