Northwest Classic Raises $1.5 Million for Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals
A collaboration between First Tech, 18 additional credit unions, and a plethora of sponsors sets a record for Credit Unions for Kids.
The Credit Unions for Kids Northwest Classic delivered a record contribution for six Children’s Miracle Network hospitals – nearly $1.54 million. The classic is a decades-long tradition founded by First Tech Federal Credit Union that has evolved into a collaboration between dozens of credit unions and partners to benefit the Credit Union Movement’s “charity of choice,” Credit Unions for Kids.
The weather was postcard perfect on July 15 when attendees teed off at the Pumpkin Ridge Golf Club in North Plains, Oregon. In addition to Credit Union Movement professionals, celebrity athletes played in the tournament. First Tech invited a 2019 Children’s Miracle Network Champion, Chloe Lam, to share the story of how OHSU Doernbecher Children’s Hospital saved her life. She helped to inspire an outpouring of generosity during the tournament’s dinner event, adding to the sponsorship commitments.
“A million thanks to all of the sponsors, players, celebrities, credit union employees, members, and volunteers that came together for the 2019 Credit Unions for Kids Northwest Classic benefitting Children’s Miracle Network hospitals,” said Greg Mitchell, First Tech FCU President and CEO. “You made a profound difference in the lives of
many. The best is yet to come.”
Since Credit Unions for Kids was founded in the Northwest back in 1986, it’s natural a golf tournament here would generate so much excitement and set fundraising records. This year, 18 credit unions helped with sponsorship commitments – many from the Northwest, and others in states where First Tech FCU also serves members.
Sponsoring credit unions from the Northwest included:
- Advantis Credit Union – Milwaukie, Oregon
- iQ Credit Union – Vancouver, Washington
- Oregon Community Credit Union – Springfield, Oregon
- OnPoint Community Credit Union – Portland, Oregon
- Unitus Community Credit Union – Portland, Oregon
- Rivermark Community Credit Union – Beaverton, Oregon
- InRoads Credit Union – St. Helens, Oregon
- Consolidated Community Credit Union — Portland, Oregon
- Red Canoe Credit Union – Longview, Washington
At least 17 Credit Union Movement business partners also made significant sponsorship contributions.
“This event shows the true cooperative culture of the industry in a way that initiates very positive change in many Northwest communities,” said John Lauck, President and CEO of CMN hospitals.