Rogue, Pacific Crest, Launch Wagon Train Benefitting Credit Unions for Kids

As far as Kathie Philp and Gene Pelham were concerned, the holiday season was a perfect time to bring Credit Unions for Kids to Asante Rogue Regional Medical Center. The Presidents/CEOs of Klamath Falls-based Pacific Crest Federal Credit Union and Medford-based Rogue Credit Union joined their teams in continuing a rich tradition of fundraising for hospitalized children.

On December 30, they wheeled in two, toy filled wagons and a check for $24,389.91—honoring a years-long commitment to the medical center and its young patients.

The money was raised last fall during the Northwest Credit Union Association’s Roaring 20’s gala auction. The Credit Unions for Kids event raised a total of over $241,000 to benefit the six regional Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals in the Northwest.

“Every single dollar raised by any credit union or group of credit unions directly benefits the Children’s Miracle Network Hospital in their region,” said Jamie Dedmon, Managing Director of the Northwest Credit Union Foundation. “ That allows the hospitals to let credit unions know exactly what kinds of contributions will most benefit the children. Donations might support toy purchases, patient care, research or medications, and in the end all of this puts smiles on faces of the kids and their families.”

The Radio Flyer Red Wagons are also a Credit Unions for Kids tradition and an important gift to children’s hospitals. They are used to cheer up and transport nervous patients on their way toand from medical appointments and surgeries.

The December 30 event was one of several similar check presentations to play out in the Northwest in the next few months.

2016 is an important year for Credit Unions for Kids in the Northwest. The charity was founded here in the Northwest 30 years ago, and became the credit union movement’s national “charity of choice” in 1986. Klamath Falls and Medford area credit unions have raised over $472,000 for their regional hospital in the past decade.

The celebration last week at Asante Rogue Regional Medical Center was covered by local print and television media.

Questions about this story? Contact Lynn Heider: 503.350.2225,

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