By the Numbers: Credit Unions Surpass Fundraising Target at Hollywood Glamour Auction

A capacity crowd raised a record amount for Credit Unions for Kids and Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals at the Hollywood Glamour Auction, an event that fittingly punctuated 30 years of Credit Unions for Kids, the charity that started right here in the Northwest.

Lauren sharing her story during the Credit Unions for Kids Auction.

Credit unions, as not-for-profit financial cooperatives, see beyond mere balance sheets and data points, but exist in service to their members.

In a room full of credit union professionals, business partners, advocates and friends, it’s ironic that the Hollywood Glamour Credit Unions for Kids Auction came down to a few numbers.

More than $150 million raised for Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals since starting in the Northwest 30 years ago.

$11 million raised in the last decade, and $1.5 million last year.

$301,266 raised during this auctiona record amount for one auction.

But one number truly stuck out: 633.

That’s the number of pediatric patients cared for by the six Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals in the Northwest as the auction was happening.

Abigail Franklin and Lauren sharing their journey with the audience, as Denise Gabel looks on.

633 birthdays, pairs of caring parents and young minds wondering what their futures look like. For each of them, the dollars raised on this night, and every day toward Credit Unions for Kids, will go toward the life saving treatments they so desperately need.

Elaine Couture, Regional Chief Executive of Providence Health Care, Eastern Washington, was effusive in her praise of the evening’s generosity, before pivoting, and urging those in the room dressed to the nines to “raise their paddles for those 633 patients, and the ones in their own communities.”

And with some helpful prodding from auctioneer Chris Leach, raise those paddles they did.

Generous bids ranged from signed Russell Wilson and Ken Griffey Jr. jerseys, to dinner with Seahawks Hall of Famer Steve Largent, along with lavish trip and dinner packages. Items also included six red Radio Flyer wagons bursting with toys to deliver to each of those six hospitals.

Solarity Credit Union ignited a bidding war, soaring past the $10,000 mark in winning a wagon for the first hospital. From there, the room lit up for many others trying to match the generosity, the auctioneer nearly losing bids in the din.

Attendees were also introduced to Lauren, the daughter of Global Credit Union VP of Marketing and Strategy Abigail Franklin, and this year’s Children’s Miracle Network Miracle Child.

Attendees mingle and plan their bids.

Lauren had spent time in Spokane Children’s Hospital after being diagnosed with Type 1 Diabetes, and has continued to receive care from Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals. She has since gone on to become an ambassador for the hospitals, sharing her story of recovery and support with other children and families.

“When I started at Global in 1996 (the same year Credit Unions for Kids launched nationally), I had no way of knowing the impact Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals would eventually have on my family,” Abigail said from the stage.

“I served on the Credit Unions for Kids Committee, participated in fundraisers, sold Miracle Balloons and visited Sacred Heart Children’s Hospital in my work life. But until you walk through those doors as a parent or loved one with a sick kiddo in their care, it is difficult to fully comprehend what Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals do for our community.”

“The favorite part of my story is that it’s not over yet,” Lauren shared from the stage. “To be continued.”

Click here for the full photo album from the auction on Facebook.

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