MAXX 2018 Auction Proceeds Presented to Eight Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals
An unprecedented level of support at the 2018 Credit Unions for Kids Auction nearly doubles hospital donations.
A fleet of electric cars stuffed with toys descended upon eight Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals this spring in a flurry of excitement. The cars, a new addition to last year’s Credit Unions for Kids Auction, were part of the check presentations.
The auction, held in Tacoma during the Northwest Credit Union Association’s MAXX Convention, raised a record-breaking $631,462 thanks to the overwhelming support of Northwest credit unions.
The cars, toys, and checks were presented to each of the hospitals by local credit union professionals and your Association’s staff members.
At the “New York, New York” themed auction, guests bid on gift baskets and live auction items, including the electric cars, generously donated by credit unions and sponsors.
The auction’s astounding fundraising total resulted in checks that were nearly twice the amount of funds presented to each hospital in previous years. This was due to the generosity shown by caring credit unions, such as Oregon’s Rogue Credit Union.
“Supporting Credit Unions for Kids is a passion for Rogue Credit Union,” said Rogue President and CEO, Gene Pelham. “For our team members, it’s personal – they know that these funds have a direct impact on families and children right here in our communities. We’re supporting our friends and neighbors.”
That level of support was a popular sentiment for participants throughout the auction.
“Our credit unions provided an unprecedented level of support at our 2018 auction,” said NWCUA’s Director of Programming, Holly Miller. “Each check and car presentation reaffirmed the impressive impact our credit unions are making.”
All auction proceeds support Children’s Miracle Network hospitals in the region. Raised funds provide vital treatments, cutting-edge support, life-saving research, health equipment, and more.
“We are so grateful to our credit union partners for the amazing fundraising work they do on behalf of our critically ill and injured children,” said Spokane Providence Health Care Foundation Chief Philanthropy Officer, Joyce M. Cameron.
The dedication Northwest credit unions show each year to local hospitals is known nationwide, as well.
“Northwest credit unions have continued to show growing support for the Credit Unions for Kids program for more than 20 years,” said Children’s Miracle Network Hospital Director of Strategic Partnerships, Nick Coleman. “Their efforts are truly making a difference in supporting critical needs at children’s hospitals in the Northwest. Children’s Miracle Network is incredibly grateful to share a strong and successful partnership.”
The dollars raised for the Credit Union For Kids Auction stay in this region. NWCUA takes special care to allocate funds to the hospitals based on who donated the packages or won the bid at the live auction. The electric cars were presented to the hospitals with the winning bidder’s name applied to the back.
“Watching our credit unions come together collectively to bid with their hearts was a powerful and heartwarming experience,” said Miller.
Hospitals that received funds include:
Seattle Children’s Hospital
OHSU Doernbecher Children’s Hospital – Portland
Providence Sacred Heart Children’s Hospital – Spokane
Virginia Mason Memorial Hospital – Yakima
PeaceHealth Sacred Heart Medical Center – Eugene
St. Luke’s Children’s Hospital – Boise
Intermountain Primary Children’s Hospital – Salt Lake City
Asante Rogue Regional Medical Center – Medford
To see a full photo album of each check presentation event, visit your Association’s Facebook page. Share and comment!
Editor’s note: Look for a story in Anthem on April 23 about this year’s Credit Unions for Kids Auction theme.