Boardwalk of Miracles Dinner and Auction to Benefit Credit Unions for Kids

Adopting a theme from the ages-popular Monopoly game, a dinner and auction benefitting Credit Unions for Kids will be a highlight of the Northwest Credit Union Association’s (NWCUA) Amplify Convention in Portland this fall. Amplify Convention is scheduled for October 8-10 at the Hilton Portland & Executive Tower, with the dinner and auction taking place the evening of October 9.

This year’s theme is the “Boardwalk of Miracles.”

Credit Unions for Kids was founded in this region in 1986, when a group of Oregon and Southwest Washington credit unions began raising funds for Doernbecher Children’s Hospital in Portland. Their model was adopted by credit unions nationwide a decade later, and to date has resulted in more than $110 million in contributions for a network of 170 Children’s Miracle Network (CMN) Hospitals. Roughly $14 million has been collected by Northwest credit unions for six regional CMN facilities. Individual credit unions have continued their tradition of sponsoring fundraising events year around, and will work together to support the Boardwalk of Miracles.

“The Boardwalk of Miracles Dinner & Auction will bring the entire credit union community together as we raise thousands of dollars for our six Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals,” said Kasey Rockwell, director of outreach programs for the NWCUA.

Rockwell is currently working with a committee of volunteers from the Northwest credit union community to organize the gala. The group already came up with the theme and eye-catching logo, and now shifts its efforts towards gathering donations to be auctioned off.

“The credit union community has been so generous with previous auctions,” Rockwell noted. “With a semi-formal sit-down dinner this year, we expect some really special auction items and some serious bidding to benefit the kids.”

Examples of auction items donated by credit unions for previous fundraisers include golf outings, resort vacations, food baskets, and retail gift certificates.

“Let’s fill up the community chest with good stuff,” said Rockwell. “Maybe someone will bid high to stay out of jail,” she continued, playing on the Boardwalk theme.

The networking, entertainment and fundraising are not the only attractions for Credit Unions for Kids events. The stories of the “Patient Family” are also highlights.

Last year’s Patient Family was particularly memorable. The convention auction featured the family of Bruce Rouillard, president emeritus of the Washington Credit Union League. His four-year-old grandson, Nate O’Dell, suffers from a genetic condition called Fragile X Syndrome.

Early visits with medical professionals did not result in answers until the O’Dells started working with Seattle Children’s Hospital, one of the CMN facilities benefitting in part from Credit Unions for Kids funding. That’s when Nathan was diagnosed with Fragile X Syndrome.

Last year’s auction raised over $75,000, Rockwell noted. She invited the credit union community to get involved in any or all of three ways to stage an even bigger event this year:

  1. Submit items for our live and silent Auction. We need your help to make this year’s auction the best ever. Please have your credit union donate 2–3 items for the auction. More information can be found online.
  2. Attend the dinner and auction. Bring a group from your credit union, or team up with other credit unions to purchase a Park Place, or Boardwalk table sponsorship for a true cooperative experience, extra perks and recognition. Table sponsorship details are posted online.
  3. Bid on Items during the live & silent auction. Have fun, find some terrific auction items, and outbid your friends! Registration for the dinner and auction is open now.

The volunteer Auction Coordinators serving on the 2013 committee include:

  • Kasey Rockwell, NWCUA
  • Angie Cayot, FISERV
  • Victoria King, Pacific NW FCU
  • Jill Nowacki, Maps CU
  • Steve Pagenstecher, Valley CU
  • Kym Sajovic, OnPoint Community CU


Editor’s note: For more information please contact Kasey Rockwell at the NWCUA:

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