Credit Union Appreciation Nights at Blazers Games Offer Perks, Discounts, Donations

Nine credit unions and the Northwest Credit Union Association (NWCUA) are promoting “appreciation nights” at two Portland Trail Blazers games during the upcoming season, with some ticket-sale proceeds going to benefit Credit Unions for Kids.

The appreciation nights are scheduled for Dec. 16, when the Trail Blazers play the New Orleans Hornets, and Jan. 16, when the Cleveland Cavilers are on the court.

Tickets to the games may be purchased through links provided by the team to each of the participating credit unions: First Tech Federal Credit Union, Consolidated Community Credit Union, Northwest Resource Federal Credit Union, Providence Federal Credit Union, Advantis Credit Union, Unitus Community Credit Union, Northwest Community Credit Union, IBEW & United Workers Federal Credit Union and Rivermark Community Credit Union.

Additional credit unions may become sponsors by investing as little as $300.

Each of the two nights features a bonus event for fans purchasing tickets through the credit unions. The Dec. 16 event allows credit union fans to arrive early for an exclusive opportunity to watch the teams warm up. After the Jan. 16 game, credit union participants will be invited down to the floor to toss free throws.

In addition, $5 from each ticket purchased will benefit Credit Unions for Kids, according to Greg Bauman, the Trail Blazers’ account manager for group ticket sales.

“Almost $1,100 has already been raised by the credit unions—even before sending out the special flyer—though their own ticket commitments,” Bauman said.

Credit Unions for Kids is a fundraising effort founded by credit unions in the Northwest in 1986 and nationalized a decade later. It has resulted in contributions of more than $100 million to 170 Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals (CMNH).

A spokesman for the charity commended the regional credit unions and the Trail Blazers for the upcoming fundraisers.

“It’s great to have the Blazers and our Oregon and Southwest Washington credit union partners teaming up to make a difference in the lives of the kids being treated at Doernbecher Children’s Hospital,” said Joe Dearborn, senior director of Credit Unions for Kids, noting the policy of directing locally raised funds to benefit the hospitals in that region. “The generous support of the credit community through programs like this has helped establish Doernbecher as a world-class pediatric hospital.”

Ticket prices for each game range from $15 to $94 for club seats, which include an all-you-can-eat buffet and non-alcoholic beverages.

Local credit unions participated in a similar event last year with great success, according to Jeff Berard, marketing manager for Consolidated Community Credit Union. Berard hopes to see double the turnout this year.

“This is a great opportunity for Northwest credit unions to create awareness to potential members while also rewarding their current members,” Berard said. “Five dollars from every ticket sold is donated to Credit Unions for Kids, so this is another chance for us to make a difference. Events like this are what truly make us a cooperative and we need to prove it by getting as many participating credit unions as possible.”

Employees of NWCUA member credit unions not participating in one of the appreciation nights are invited to purchase tickets online through the Association’s link. The password is CREDIT7.

Organizers hope all area credit unions will become participants, however. As Berard pointed out, “It is a team effort, and we need every credit union to participate.”


Questions or Concerns? Contact Matt Halvorson, Anthem Editor:

Posted in Events, Federal.