Credit Unions for Kids Raises Funds for Seattle Children’s Hospital at Mariners Game

CU4Kids Seattle aims to raise $1 million over five years.

7/31/18

Seattle area credit unions recently hosted a Credit Unions for Kids (CsU4Kids) Day at a Seattle Mariners game on July 22, raising nearly $9,000 for Seattle Children’s Hospital.

Peninsula Credit Union CEO and Seattle CU4Kids Advisory Group Chairman, Jim Morrell, organized other credit unions and community members to rally together to raise the funds, which will directly support the uncompensated portion of the critical care children receive at the hospital.

For every ticket sold by the group, $5 went to the hospital. A total of 575 tickets were sold. They also hosted a silent auction at the game, which was staffed by volunteers from the Greater Seattle Area Young CU Professionals group. In addition, CO-OP Financial Services also matched every dollar raised.

Before the game, the group had the very special opportunity to present a check of the total funds raised on the field. The check for $342,595 represents the total funds raised for Seattle Children’s Hospital by CU4Kids in 2017. Those funds were raised through golf tournaments, credit union campaigns, and the Northwest Credit Union Association’s annual CU4Kids Auction held during MAXX 2017.

The CU4Kids Seattle efforts are two years into a five-year commitment to raise $1 million. So far, they have raised $600,000, with a 2018 goal of raising $400,000 more to meet their $1 million pledge.

One very special fan in attendance was 13-year-old Roarke Hufford, a Seattle Children’s Hospital patient. Last fall, he was diagnosed with Pure Germinoma of the pineal gland – a brain tumor. After six months of treatment, he received a cancer-free diagnosis.

“I owe my life to Seattle Children’s Hospital,” Roarke said. “A hospital sounds like just a building but it’s not. It’s many people who have made their jobs saving kids. They are moms and dads too. They are humans who love kids and want to see them grow up and do great things for the world. They are the best humans I know. The people who make up Seattle Children’s Hospital have inspired me to work to heal sick children when I grow up, too. I hope though that when I’m grown cancer, radiation, and chemotherapy will be a thing of the past.”

CU4Kids is a program run by Children’s Miracle Network (CMN) Hospitals. In over 22 years of partnering, CU4Kids has raised more than $170 million. CMN Hospitals raises funds and awareness for 170 children’s hospitals around North America, with every dollar raised staying in each local community. To learn more about CU4Kids and CMN Hospitals, visit the website.

Story contributed by Nick Coleman, Credit Unions for Kids Senior Manager.