Calling All Washington Credit Unions: Join the 2012 Credit Unions for Kids Fundraising Kick-Off

A new Ambassador Advisory Group has been created to work in partnership with the Northwest Credit Union Association (NWCUA), area credit unions and Seattle Children’s Hospital with the goal of continuing to grow support for the Credit Union for Kids program throughout the Northwest.

The creation of the Ambassador Advisory Group now represents a newly focused initiative to expand the depth and breadth of Washington’s fundraising efforts on behalf of the region’s CMN Hospitals, engaging a new generation of credit union professionals through the creation of localized boards to ensure Credit Unions for Kids’ continued growth and sustainability as an organization.

To celebrate its ever-expanding efforts, the Ambassador Advisory Group is planning an ambitious kick-off luncheon on June 11 at Seattle Children’s Hospital, the source of Credit Unions for Kids’ philanthropic efforts in the region. The luncheon will be held in Seattle Children’s Hospital’s Write Auditorium and will begin at 10 a.m. with a tour of the hospital, and the advisory group hopes to have a representative from every Seattle-area credit union in attendance.

The Ambassador Advisory Group presently consists of four leaders within the local movement whose credit unions have shown a particular commitment to Credit Unions for Kids: Cindy Fry, ambassador chair (Alaska USA Federal Credit Union); Lisa Deck (American Lake Credit Union); Scott Prior (Connection Credit Union); and Lisa Roening (Strait-View Credit Union).

“Our first goal is to have at least one representative from each of the 80 Seattle-area credit unions in attendance at this event,” a letter from the Ambassador Advisory Group stated recently. “That’s right—we’re reaching for 100-percent participation from you all so that you may learn more about how we plan to reach our second goal, which is to collectively raise $50,000 for Seattle Children’s between now and the end of 2012. We’re confident in our plan to attain this goal, but it will take each of us to help make it happen!”

The Ambassador Advisory Group will serve as hosts for the luncheon and will share how each credit union can become a Research Champion for Seattle Children’s Hospital—an important component of reaching the $50,000 benchmark. The group will also share turn-key Credit Unions for Kids fundraising resources made available through the NWCUA and CMN as part of its commitment to assisting credit unions’ fundraising efforts.

Funds raised in support of the $50,000 goal will help the Ben Towne Center for Childhood Cancer Research in its mission to cure pediatric cancer with minimal side effects and to improve the quality of life for childhood cancer survivors.

“We at Seattle Children’s are thrilled to host Credit Unions for Kids Day at the hospital,” said Kira Haller, manager of corporate annual giving for Seattle Children’s Hospital and program director for Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals. “The generosity of our local credit unions employees and members is wonderful and truly makes a difference in the lives of our patients and families. This is a way for us to say thank you and offer help with future fundraising. We can continue our mission of caring for our region’s children only with the help of our community.”

Widely known as the “charity of choice” for credit unions, Credit Unions for Kids was originally founded in the Northwest when a small group of credit unions in Portland, Ore., and Southwest Washington created the program in 1986 with a goal of improving healthcare for young patients at Doernbecher Children’s Hospital in Portland. It worked so well that the Credit Unions for Kids effort was copied nationally a decade later and has now raised more than $100 million for Children’s Miracle Network (CMN) Hospitals.

To RSVP for the June 11 kick-off event or to learn more, contact Josalyn Alston, the NWCUA’s Credit Unions for Kids Washington liaison, at 206.340.4814.

Questions? Contact Josalyn Alston, Credit Union for Kids Washington Liaison for the NWCUA: 206.340.4814,

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