Northwest Credit Unions Uncork Plans to Raise Funds for Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals

Great wine, delicious food, spectacular views and even a challenging round of golf or two — it’s all part of Northwest credit unions’ unparalleled plans to raise money this year for Credit Unions for Kids and the Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals.

Northwest credit unions will raise a glass to Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals this year and toast the people who are working to make sick children well at a variety of popular fundraisers where great wines will share the spotlight with delicious food, home-grown music, spectacular views — and even a challenging round of golf.

In April, iQ Credit Union will pay tribute to retiring CEO Roger Michaelis at its 13th annual Credit Unions for Kids Wine Auction at The Governor Hotel in Portland, and golfers will tee off at First Tech Federal Credit Union’s Dave and Dan Celebrity Golf Tournament in July.

In September, Unitus Community Credit Union will uncork its Wine on the Willamette fundraiser at a new venue in a stunning waterfront location. And in October, credit unions will gather in Spokane for the Northwest Credit Union Association’s Amplify Convention, with its Credit Unions for Kids auction, and in Eugene for a diamond-studded auction and “Lunch at Tiffany’s.”

April 18: Credit Unions for Kids Wine Auction

iQ Credit Union’s black-tie-optional dinner and wine auction, which last year raised $160,000, has always been special to Michaelis; his retirement later this year should make this 13th annual event especially so. It’s scheduled for 6 p.m. on Friday, April 18, at The Governor Hotel in Portland (614 S.W. 11th Ave.; 503.224.3400), with proceeds benefitting all six of the region’s Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals.

Every attendee will receive a gift bag containing a Tiffany wine glass, a bottle of wine from Amavi Cellars and a CD by the Etta James tribute band Tell Mama, who will perform live at the event. More than 200 items will be available at a silent auction; a live auction will feature 10 special packages.

Wine lovers from across the Northwest usually flock to the event, which is co-sponsored by CO-OP Financial Services and usually sells out. For tickets ($300) and sponsorship opportunities, contact Michaelis at rogerm@iQcu.com.

April 26: Heart of Doernbecher

More than 500 community leaders from Oregon and southwest Washington will gather at the Portland Art Museum (1219 S.W. Park Ave.; 503.226.2811) to celebrate one of the signature events of the Doernbecher Children’s Hospital Foundation.

Since its inception in 1998, Heart of Doernbecher has raised more than $7.5 million for Portland’s CMN Hospital. This year’s 16th-annual event will include live entertainment, silent and live auctions, delicious food and wine, and inspiring stories from Doernbecher patients, families and faculty members.

For more information or to purchase tickets ($200 individual, $300 patron), go to the foundation’s website.

July 14: Dave and Dan Celebrity Golf Tournament

It used to be called the Hank and Moose Open, in honor of baseball legends Hank Bauer and Bill “Moose” Skowron. Then it became the Dave and Dan Celebrity Golf Tournament, named for Pro Football Hall of Fame inductees Dave Wilcox and Dan Fouts.

Today, it’s one of the biggest credit union-sponsored events in the country, raising more than $2.5 million — including $380,000 in 2013 — for the region’s Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals over the past 13 years.

This year’s tournament is scheduled for Monday, July 14, at The Reserve Vineyards and Golf Club in Aloha (4805 SW 229th Ave.; 503.649.8191.) The usual star-studded lineup of professional football, baseball and basketball greats is expected to join credit union professionals and business partners on the links.

“We believe that Northwest credit unions can join forces to raise a significant amount of money and make a profound difference in the lives of sick kids,” says First Tech CEO Greg Mitchell. “We hope you’ll join us for the Dave & Dan Classic.”

Mitchell says that while FirstTech presents the annual event, credit must be shared with all of the other regional credit unions which come together to support the tournament, making it one of the most successful fundraisers for Credit Unions for Kids.

For more information about the tournament, which was created under the leadership of former First Tech Federal Credit Union CEO Tom Sargent, contact the credit union at community@firsttechfed.com.

Summer 2014: Credit Union Ride and Rock

Fibre Federal’s annual motorcycle rally to Doernbecher — presented in partnership with iQ and other credit unions — will roll through southwest Washington and the Portland area again this summer. Dates and the route are still in the planning stages.

Last year’s Ride and Rock — which featured a picnic and rock concert at the end of the day — raised more than $38,000 for Doernbecher. Watch for updated information on Fibre Federal’s Ride and Rock Facebook page and in future editions of Anthem.

Sept. 26: Wine on the Willamette

Unitus won a national Dora Maxwell Social Responsibility Award this year for its overall community involvement and for Wine on the Willamette, which benefits Doernbecher Children’s Hospital. In 2013, Wine on the Willamette raised more than $57,000; since its inception in 2008, the event has raised nearly $292,000.

This year’s event, scheduled for Friday evening, Sept. 26, will take place aboard the 98-foot yacht Willamette Star. But rather than embarking from Southeast Portland, guests will board at the beautiful RiverPlace Marina along the waterfront in downtown Portland. And when they return from the 2.5-hour cruise, they can walk right up the dock to the RiverPlace Hotel and a hosted reception at the elegant Three Degrees Waterfront Bar & Grill.

“The RiverPlace Hotel is an exceptional and convenient venue for our reception and overnight guests,” says Pat Smith, Unitus’ president and CEO. “In addition to being one of Portland’s finest hotels, RiverPlace is centrally located within walking distance from the RiverPlace Marina, where we will board and return from our cruise. Come join us for a very fun event, meet some of the doctors, and show your support for the kids and the difference CU for Kids makes in our communities.”

During the cruise, guests can sample a variety of fine wines from around the globe, enjoy delicious food pairings, listen to live music by Northwest recording artist John Nilsen, and bid at a silent auction for artwork crafted by Unitus volunteers and Doernbecher patients. They’ll also receive a “swag” bag that includes a specially designed wineglass made by Portland artist Leslie Egenberger and other gifts.

Featured wines will be available for purchase, of course. Twenty-five percent of the wine purchase profits — and all of the proceeds from the silent auction — will benefit research, education and care at Doernbecher.

Tickets for Wine on the Willamette ($250) will be available online in May. Unitus has also booked a limited number of rooms at RiverPlace Hotel (1510 S.W. Harbor Way; 503.228.3233) at a special rate of $229; for more information about overnight stays, or for information about event sponsorship opportunities, contact Aimee Berg at 503.423.8346 or aberg@unitusccu.com.

Oct. 8: An Auction to Amplify Credit Unions’ Impact

Last year, it started with silent bidding on everything from giant stuffed bears and bicycles to wine, whiskey, chocolate and coffee. It moved on to 16 special packages featuring vacation getaways, luxury shopping excursions and dream trips for sports fans. And when it was done, the NWCUA’s Boardwalk of Miracles auction raised $158,100 — including a $25,000 grant from CO-OP Financial Services’ Miracle Match program — for Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals.

“The money you raised tonight will stay right here in the Northwest,” NWCUA President and CEO Troy Stang told bidders on the second night of the Association’s annual Amplify Convention in Portland. “It will help to fund research. It will build ICU wings for preemies. It will help to hire the most brilliant minds in medicine, who are dedicated to saving children’s lives.”

This year’s auction, which will take place during the 2014 Amplify Convention in Spokane, will have a different theme. But it will still include a popular Credit Unions for Kids tradition — the auctioning of Radio Flyer wagons filled with toys and games, which will then be delivered to the region’s six CMN Hospitals by the winning bidders.

Oct. 28: Lunch at Tiffany’s

Representatives from 13 Oregon credit unions were among the attendees at last year’s Lunch at Tiffany’s, which raised more than $132,000 for PeaceHealth Sacred Heart Medical Center. This year’s fifth-annual event will be held Tuesday, Oct. 28, at the Valley River Inn in Eugene.

In addition to great food and wine, guests can look forward to fabulous silent-auction items and unique live-auction packages that last year included a seven-night Alaskan glacier cruise and a shopping excursion for seven, via limousine, from Eugene to Portland.

For more information about Lunch at Tiffany’s, contact Alexa Sharps, Children’s Miracle Network director for the PeaceHealth Sacred Heart Medical Center Foundation, at asharps@peacehealth.org.

Holiday Season: Dough for Doernbecher

Rivermark Community Credit Union’s highly anticipated annual cookie dough sale is one of the events often credited with giving flight to the Credit Unions for Kids movement. Rivermark raised more than $56,000 last year with its Dough for Doernbecher cookie dough sale and the summer Dogs for Doernbecher hot dog cookout. This year’s dates for both events are still being firmed up.

Northwest credit unions started the Credit Unions for Kids program in 1986. Now credit unions’ national charity of choice, it has raised more than $120 million for the 170 hospitals in the Children’s Miracle Network, including more than $12 million in the Northwest alone for the region’s six network hospitals. For more information — or to add your event to the growing list of this year’s fundraisers, go to www.nwcua.org/cu4k.

Questions? Contact Gary M. Stein: 503.350.2216, gstein@nwcua.org.