Six Red Wagons, Hundreds of Toys, Smiles from Sick Children: Priceless

Most silent and live auctions feature high-end jewels, impressive artwork, resort stays, and fine wines. The Boardwalk of Miracles dinner and auction to benefit Credit Unions for Kids will be no different in that respect.

But six toy-filled red wagons bound for each of the regional children’s hospitals in the Children’s Miracle Network (CMN) may steal hearts—and the show. The wagons are up for sponsorship bids and are favorite opportunities for Credit Unions for Kids supporters in the Northwest.

Credit Unions for Kids has a rich history in the Northwest—the credit union movement’s “charity of choice” was started in 1986 by a group of Southwest Washington and Oregon credit unions. Adapted nationally a decade later, it has now raised more than $110 million for the 170 hospitals in the network.

Money raised at the Boardwalk of Miracles dinner and auction will stay in the northwest, funding care and research for CMN Hospitals of the Inland Northwest, Doernbecher Children’s Hospital, Rogue Valley Medical Center, Sacred Heart Medical Center, Seattle Children’s Hospital, and Yakima Valley Memorial Hospital. Those red wagons will be wheeled straight to the six regional hospitals following the auction.

“Why are the wagons so popular?” asked Kasey Rockwell, director of outreach programs for the Northwest Credit Union Association (NWCUA). “Let me count the ways. They could be used to move children in and out of the hospital, they take the kids out of their rooms on field trips in the hospital, and they can make going to treatment a little less traumatic and offer sick children a fun diversion at a tough time.”

The wagon sponsorships are offered at minimum bids of $500 each but usually go for much more—$6,000 was the top donation last year. License plates bearing the name of the successful bidders’ organizations are added to the backs of the wagons.

“We are honored to support the children at Doernbecher Children’s Hospital through the sponsorship of a wagon,” said Rob Stuart, OnPoint Community Credit Union President/CEO. Stuart and OnPoint paid top dollar for a wagon last year.“While every type of support is rewarding, and appreciated by the Children’s Miracle Network team, there is something very special about arriving at the hospital with a wagon filled with toys.”

 

Questions? Contact Lynn Heider: 503.350.2225, lheider@nwcua.org.

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