Miracle Child Admits She Likes Electric Car ‘More than Food’


Miracle Child Nyla Jane Richards and her brother, Sammy, wrote to NWCUA to express their love of the electric car at Intermountain Primary Children’s Hospital in Salt Lake City, Utah.

Each year, credit union professionals lift their paddles in the air at the MAXX Credit Unions for Kids’ Auction, raising thousands for children in need of life-saving medical care. Their generous donations not only help provide that critical care, but also bring smiles to children’s faces during difficult times. 

Nyla Jane Richards’ smile is a reflection of that dedication. Nyla, born with heart, stomach, and lung problems, has received care at Intermountain Primary Children’s Hospital in Salt Lake City, Utah – one of the Children’s Miracle Network hospitals that receives funds from the annual auction. At last year’s auction, eight electric cars were up for bid and donated to regional CMN hospitals. Nyla Jane and her brother, Sammy, are big fans of the car at Intermountain, and even sent your Association a letter about it. 

“Getting her letter was a great reminder of why we do what we do,” Miller said. “We found it particularly heartwarming that they liked the car ‘more than food.’ Our credit unions made these kids smile during challenging times – and that’s what this auction is all about.” 

The cars, which replaced the Red Flyer Wagons from past auctions, are used frequently at the CMN hospitals to transport children to and from their doctors’ appointments, helping to alleviate stress and bring on smiles.   

Your Support Makes a Difference 

CU for Kids Auction Bidding

The bidding was fierce at last year’s auction, raising a record-breaking $631,462.

Last year at MAXX 2018 in Tacoma, credit unions raised a record-breaking $631,462, going to eight regional Children’s Miracle Network hospitals. This year, the auction aims to break that record by raising $750,000. To achieve that goal, donations and sponsorships are needed. This year’s auction will be held in Spokane on Oct. 16, with silent auction bidding beginning at 6:30 p.m. 

“When credit unions support the auction, they directly support the children in need of critical medical care at their Children’s Miracle Network hospital,” said Holly Miller, Northwest Credit Union Association Director of Programming. “We are always so amazed by their generosity. It makes a huge difference in the lives of these children.” 

How Can Credit Unions Help? 

CU for Kids Auction Baskets

MAXX attendees bid on silent auction baskets at last year’s 2018 Credit Unions for Kids Auction.

To meet this year’s goal, the auction needs silent auction baskets and sponsorships. 

Those who attend the auction have the opportunity to browse and bid on baskets before the event. Popular basket items include electronics, home or holiday décor, college sports-themed items, toys and other fun kids’ items, and craft beer, wine, or liquor.   

When a credit union sponsors the event, funds go directly to the hospitals. Several sponsorships are still available, including the Bal Masque sponsorship for $1,000. Credit unions sponsoring at this level will have their name featured on a Bal Masque decal prominently displayed at the auction. 

To learn more and pledge a sponsorship, visit the auction online or contact Holly MillerTo donate an auction basket, click here. 

Get Ready to Dress up and Raise Your Paddle  

Every year the Credit Unions for Kids Auction features an exciting theme, where attendees glam up and raise big money. This year’s theme is the Masquerade Ball, and bidders are encouraged to dress in their masquerade finest – masks and all.  

Fast-talking pro auctioneer, Sean Kelley, will return this year to the stage. Last year, he got the crowd going, inspiring some friendly yet competitive bidding.  

And the auction will also feature Miracle Child, Elliot Naftzger. Elliot was born with hypoplastic left heart syndrome, and has received numerous life-saving surgeries at Providence Sacred Heart Medical Center in Spokane – a Children’s Miracle Network hospital. We look forward to sharing more of Elliot’s story on auction night. 

The Credit Unions for Kids Northwest Classic raised a record $1.5 million for Children’s Miracle Network hospitals. Enjoy highlights of the epic day! 

Posted in CU4Kids, MAXX Annual Convention.