NWCUA, Member Credit Unions Distribute Auction Proceeds to CMN Hospitals


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Northwest credit unions turned out in force to raise funds for eight regional Children’s Miracle Network hospitals during last year’s Credit Unions for Kids annual auction held at the MAXX 2017 Convention.

Donation checks totaling $334,421 raised, along with red wagons stuffed with toys and games, were delivered to the eight hospitals this spring. The funds provide critical treatments, cutting-edge support, life-saving research, health equipment, cover the costs of unfunded medical care, and much more.

“Every dollar makes a difference. We are always grateful for the partnership that our credit unions extend to the Children’s Miracle Network,” said Holly Miller, Project Manager for the Northwest Credit Union Association.

The Credit Unions for Kids (CU4Kids) auction is held each year during the MAXX Convention. During a lively, themed auction, guests bid on gift baskets and live auction items that are donated through the support of credit unions and sponsors. CO-OP Financial Services matches funds up to $10,000 as part of its generous Miracle Match Program.

Last year’s attendees were off to the races with the Kentucky Derby theme of “Run for the Roses.” This year, auction attendees will be treated to the theme, “New York, New York.”

Cass Huff is this year’s Miracle Child. Cass has a rare genetic condition called Conradi–Hünermann syndrome. She is one of only 150 people in the world with the condition; and has undergone 42 surgeries to treat the severe form of scoliosis, which left her blind in one eye and deaf in one ear. She received the care she needed at Seattle Children’s Hospital.

“Since the inception of the CU4Kids program over 20 years ago, the support of our credit union partners has been critical to the funding of life-saving research, expansion of facilities and charity care, which assures all kids receive treatment regardless of the families’ ability to pay,” said Chris Perry, Managing Director of Corporate Partnerships at Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals. “As one of the largest contributors among our corporate partners, credit unions in the Northwest have played a vital role in assuring all kids have access to the best healthcare available.”

In addition to the NWCUA auction, credit unions host fundraisers individually throughout the year. Hospitals that received funds include:

  • Asante Rogue Regional Medical Center, Medford, Ore.
  • OHSU Doernbecher Children’s Hospital, Portland
  • PeaceHealth Sacred Heart Medical Center, Eugene, Ore.
  • Intermountain Primary Children’s Hospital, Salt Lake City
  • Sacred Heart Children’s Hospital, Spokane
  • Seattle Children’s Hospital, Seattle
  • Luke’s Children’s Hospital, Boise, ID
  • Virginia Mason Memorial Hospital, Yakima, Wash.

“The auction is a keystone event where our credit unions come together to truly make an impact for our eight regional Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals,” Miller said. “The 2018 Credit Union Auction Committee’s goal is to raise even more than we did in 2017 at this year’s “New York, New York” gala event.”

For more information on how you can sponsor, donate an item, or register to attend this year’s auction, please see our MAXX event page.

Editor’s Note: Questions about the auction, donation, or sponsorship opportunities? Please contact Holly Miller, Project Manager, at hmiller@nwcua.org.

Posted in CU4Kids.