Eugene and Portland Area Credit Unions Contribute to OHSU Doernbecher and PeaceHealth Sacred Heart

In late January, a coalition of credit union professionals from Eugene made a special presentation to PeaceHealth Sacred Heart Medical Center. PeaceHealth is one of the 170 Children’s Miracle Network hospitals, which Credit Unions for Kids benefits.

The delegation presented a check for $27,978–funds raised at the NWCUA’s Roaring 20’s gala and auction last fall. All of those funds were raised at the event by the credit unions in that region. The delegation also presented dozens of toys and baby swings bound to comfort toddlers who are hospitalized.

A week later a Portland and Vancouver credit union delegation made its way to OSHU Doernbecher for a check, toy and red wagon presentation. The three wagons will be used to transport young patients to and from their medical treatments. At the auction last fall, the regional credit unions raised $67,684.90 for OHSU Doernbecher.

Some of those very credit unions were instrumental in founding Credit Unions for Kids in 1986. While they started with bake sales, lobby fundraising and other grassroots events to benefit OHSU Doernbecher, their fundraising model expanded to include high touch events such as wine auctions, gala luncheons and concerts. Since they started their work for “the kids” thirty years ago, they’ve raised over $12 million for Doernbecher. More impressively, just ten years after giving birth to Credit Unions for Kids in the Northwest, their fundraising model was adopted by the national Credit Union Movement and has resulted in contributions of over $150 million to the Children’s Miracle Network hospitals.

So far, Northwest credit unions have distributed auction funds to four of the six regional CMN hospitals, and additional presentations are scheduled. Against that backdrop, a volunteer committee is planning this year’s NWCUA auction at the annual convention to be held in SeaTac October 12, 2016. Credit union employees interested in volunteering should contact Carmen Vigil, NWCUA Community Manager.

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

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