News & Notes: Here’s What’s Happening Around the Northwest

Dave and Dan Classic Raises $757,837 for Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals

First Tech Federal Credit Union and a consortium of credit unions, corporate sponsors, credit union members and celebrities came together to raise $757,837 in support of Credit Unions for Kids, benefitting Children’s Miracle Network (CMN) Hospitals.

Fundraising efforts culminated on July 13 with the 3rd Annual Dave & Dan Classic golf tournament which shattered last year’s record.

“Heritage Sponsors First Tech Federal Credit Union and OnPoint Community Credit Union, and the entire Oregon and SW Washington credit union community, really outdid themselves at this year’s Dave & Dan Classic,” said Joe Dearborn, Senior Director for CMN Hospitals. “The event is unprecedented among CU4Kids golf tournaments and is one of the top single-day fundraising events among all our corporate partners. More importantly, these funds are critical to providing the best care possible for sick and injured kids. We are truly fortunate to have such wonderful partners like First Tech and the entire credit union community to help insure every child has an opportunity for a healthy and happy life.”

Formerly known as the “Hank and Moose Open,” the tournament has raised more than $4.1 million over the last 15 years. This year’s tournament proceeds will benefit the following CMN Hospitals:

  • Doernbecher Children’s Hospital (Portland, Oregon)
  • PeaceHealth Sacred Heart Medical Center (Eugene, Oregon)
  • Seattle Children’s Hospital (Seattle, Washington)
  • Children’s Hospital Oakland (Oakland, California)
  •  UC Davis Children’s Hospital (Sacramento, California)
  •  Children’s Hospital Colorado (Aurora, Colorado)

“It’s heartwarming to see the credit union community band together to support our local children’s hospitals and help ensure that every child receives the future they deserve,” stated Greg Mitchell, First Tech Federal Credit Union President and CEO. “Year after year, we continue to raise record amounts and could not have done it without the support of our corporate sponsors, credit unions, volunteers and friends of the Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals.”

The tournament took place at Pumpkin Ridge Golf Club in North Plains, Oregon. Named after NFL Hall of Fame Inductees Dave Wilcox and Dan Fouts, this year’s event featured 28 celebrity guests including fellow Pro Football Hall of Famers Ronnie Lott, Mel Renfro and Kellen Winslow.

Top Dave & Dan Classic sponsors include OnPoint Community Credit Union, MasterCard, CO-OP Financial Services, PSCU, Fiserv, CU Direct Corporation, CUNA Mutual Group, Crowe Horwath, CSCU and FIS. Other partners included Advantis Credit Union, iQ Credit Union, Raymond James Financial, R/West, TCF National Bank, The Standard, Visa and many other organizations that share the Credit Union Movement’s commitment to children’s health.

Red Canoe Credit Union Awards $26,000 in Scholarships

Longview, Washington-based Red Canoe Credit Union has awarded $26,000 in scholarships to college-bound high school students. Red Canoe’s scholarship program was created in the memory of Wally C. Ohlfs, the Founding Manager of Red Canoe Credit Union. After founding the credit union while working for Weyerhaeuser Company, Ohlfs served as the credit union Manager/President from its inception in 1937 until 1975 and was a tireless advocate for the credit union industry.

The Wally Ohlfs Scholarship Program is available to graduating High School seniors who have maintained a cumulative high school GPA of 3.0 or higher and will be enrolling full-time in an accredited college or university. This year’s recipients were:

  • Lunden Nugen, Spokane, WA — $3,000. Nugen will study English and Psychology at Whitworth University.
  • Mason Gaul, Winlock, WA — $2,000
  • Reagan Swier, Longview, WA — $2,000
  • Alison Brennan, Longview, WA — $2,000
  • Mikayla LaFountaine, Castle Rock, WA — $2,000
  • Jennifer Westlund, Rainier, OR — $2,000
  •  Caleb Moore, Kelso, WA — $1,500
  •  Shalese Jorgensen, Kalama, WA — $1,500
  •  Nicole Seidl, Castle Rock, WA — $1,500
  •  Zack Knee, Longview, WA — $1,500
  • Julia Wygant, Longview, WA — $1,000
  • Tori Wegdahl, Cathlamet, WA — $1,000
  • Emma Temples, Longview, WA — $1,000
  • Sarah Luedke, Longview, WA — $1,000
  • Barbara Milward, Castle Rock, WA — $1,000

In addition to the Wally Ohlfs scholarships, Red Canoe also offers $1,000 in continuing education and nontraditional scholarships. This year’s winners were Dylan Hansen of Cathlamet, WA who is currently enrolled at Western Washington University and Marie Riley who will be attending Clark College.

Peninsula Credit Union Promotes Highly Experienced IT Services Manager

Peninsula Credit Union has announced the promotion of Christopher Plummer to the position of IT Services Manager.

Plummer has been with Peninsula Credit Union for the past four years, serving as Network Administrator. He began his career as a teller in his home state of Kentucky and, after relocating to Washington, made the transition to Information Technology. He brings over 21 years of experience in the financial service industry to the position, including extensive time as a Network Engineer, Support Technician and Network Administrator.

Plummer maintains a strong presence in several online tech communities including the Credit Union National Association Technology Council where he is always eager to share knowledge with others, as well as research new ideas and efficiencies. Despite the demands of keeping up with the constantly changing world of technology, he also finds time each week to write and record his own music at home.

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