Credit Unions for Kids Breaks Record for a Single Fundraising Event in 2018


Steve Canfield, Jim Morrell, Joe Rode, Charlie Joiner (Celebrity Guest) and Larry Ellifritz participate in the Northwest Classic, raising funds for Credit Unions for Kids.

The Credit Union Movement focuses on much more than advancing the industry. Credit unions, by nature, are closely involved with their communities and as they gather together to support important causes, they truly make a difference in significant ways.

That is the focus of the Credit Unions for Kids Northwest Classic, which for the third consecutive year raised more than $1 million for Children’s Miracle Network.

Last month, more than 300 business leaders, community partners, and celebrities — including Pro Football Hall of Fame members Dave Wilcox and Dan Fouts — gathered at Pumpkin Ridge Golf Club in North Plains, Ore., to participate in the golf tournament organized by First Tech Federal Credit Union. The fundraising event raised more than $1.4 million to support six Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals: OHSU Doernbecher Children’s Hospital, PeaceHealth Sacred Heart Medical Center-Riverbend, Seattle Children’s Hospital, UCSF Benioff Children’s Hospital, UC Davis Children’s Hospital, and Children’s Hospital Colorado.

The Credit Unions for Kids organization is comprised of credit unions across the country that are dedicated to raising funds for Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals. The funding supports breakthrough research, numerous programs and services for sick children and their families, as well as construction of new facilities.

Northwest Classic golfers

Tom Mack (Celebrity Guest), Marci Francisco, Jeff Kennedy, Jim Dunlap, and Steve Leugers golf during the Northwest Classic July 9.

Chief Revenue Officer for Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals Clark Sweat said the organization is proud to partner and benefit from the Northwest Classic, hosted by First Tech.

“Since the inception of the CU4Kids program over 22 years ago, the support of our credit union partners like First Tech has been critical to the funding of life-saving research, expansion of facilities, and charity care, which assures all kids receive treatment regardless of a family’s ability to pay. First Tech has proven to be innovative and dedicated to ensuring all kids have access to the best healthcare available,” Sweat said.

The Northwest Classic — formerly known as the “Dave & Dan Classic” — has raised more than $7.9 million to become the largest credit union-sponsored event supporting Credit Unions for Kids in the country. Through participation of events like Credit Unions for Kids Northwest Classic, credit unions have established important partnerships with their communities, particularly with hospitals working to serve children and their families.

Northwest Classic golf tournament check presentaiton

A check is presented to regional Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals after the Northwest Classic golf tournament.

“Credit Unions for Kids was born in the Northwest, and we’re proud to honor that legacy with the Northwest Classic,” said First Tech Federal Credit Union President and CEO Greg Mitchell. “We are fortunate to be able to give back to our communities, and it’s humbling to see the generosity that connects our members, employees, and industry partners. Together, we’re making a difference for kids and families today, and for generations to come.”

This year’s Northwest Classic sponsors included First Tech Federal Credit Union, PSCU, CO-OP Financial Services, MasterCard, Fiserv, CU Direct Corporation, Crowe, CUNA Mutual Group, and The Standard. Other partners included Advantis Credit Union, Kinecta Federal Credit Union, JLL, Swinerton, IQ Credit Union, Alkami Technology, SRS Consulting, Performance Trust, Oregon Community Credit Union, AT&T, and Raymond James, among many others.

Editor’s note: Several Northwest credit unions are hosting fundraising golf tournaments this summer. Look for a future story next month about their efforts. The NWCUA congratulates member credit unions on their successful golf tournaments!



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