First Tech’s ‘Dave and Dan’ Raises $1.1 Million for Credit Unions for Kids

Official check presentation of more than $1.131 million.

Named for Pro Football Hall of Famers Dave Wilcox and Dan Fouts, the Dave and Dan Classic has become one of the most successful CU4Kids fundraisers in the credit union system. Even before the shotgun start Monday afternoon, First Tech Federal Credit Union President and CEO Greg Mitchell was confident the event would break a record and exceed fundraising goals.

 “We have been so blessed with great members, great team members, and strategic partners at First Tech, and in the credit union movement,” said Mitchell. “They really want to make a difference in the lives of kids.”

Mitchell said funds raised this year will benefit Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals in Oregon, Washington, California and Colorado, locations within First Tech’s operational footprint.

Said Wilcox, a San Francisco 49ers linebacker from 1964-1974, “It’s wonderful when we can do things to help needy people.”

Getting the sports legends to participate isn’t difficult according to Fouts, who quarterbacked for the San Diego Chargers from 1973-1987.

“Celebrities love to come to Portland, they love to golf and they love this course,” Fouts said.

Mitchell, Wilcox and Fouts all shared emotional stories about family members who inspired their passion for Credit Unions for Kids. Fouts lost a son to cancer and Wilcox and Mitchell both had brothers who were treated in children’s hospitals.

Late Monday evening during the awards dinner, a “paddle raise” brought an impressive amount of funds in, in addition to the over $900,000 that had already been raised.

Mitchell called on former Doernbecher Children’s Hospital patients Elijah Diggins and Tim Haarmann to assist him revealing the check for the final amount raised. Both young men are cancer survivors.

“Wow. Wow,” Mitchell said when he saw the check. “One million, one hundred thirty one thousand, three hundred twenty two dollars. That’s you, ladies and gentlemen. That’s each of you. God bless you for what you do for kids.”

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Questions about this story? Contact Eric Horvath at 503.350.2222, ehorvath@nwcua.org.

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