Verity Supports CMN Hospitals and BIPOC Businesses with Special Auction Baskets

Every year, credit unions show up in a big way for Credit Unions for Kids, the Movement’s charity of choice that got its start right here in the Northwest more than three decades ago.

The annual CU4Kids auction at MAXX raises hundreds of thousands of dollars for Children’s Miracle Network hospitals, helping children receive life-saving medical care. It’s a beloved tradition and one of the most inspirational, must-attend events at MAXX.

This year’s live auction, taking place Oct. 6 in Boise, is sold out, a testament to the commitment and enthusiasm credit unions in Idaho, Oregon, and Washington have for this cause. But the online-only Silent Auction is another major way credit unions can make a big impact — and not just for CMN hospitals.

The great thing about the Silent Auction is that anyone can participate — whether they attend MAXX or not. And not only can they raise their virtual paddles to bid on some excellent items, but they can also use this opportunity to shine a light on some amazing small businesses.

Seattle-based Verity Credit Union, for example, was very intentional with the items they purchased and donated to this year’s Silent Auction. As part of its mission and values, the credit union feels it’s important to support local communities and businesses that have been historically disadvantaged. That’s why it has thoughtfully curated three gift baskets featuring services and products from a variety of BIPOC businesses in the area.

“We know during the pandemic that businesses were hit hard, and BIPOC businesses were hit even harder,” said Tonita Webb, Verity President and CEO. “So, as we try to help our communities rebuild, we asked ourselves, ‘How can we support BIPOC small businesses in a way that would aid their recovery efforts?’”

The gift baskets, themed Ultimate Backyard BBQ, Pampered in Style, and Made in Seattle, include a wide array of quality goods, including gift certificates from local restaurants, salons, and boutiques as well as hand-crafted chocolates, locally sourced specialty foods, and much more.

The businesses featured include:

Webb herself frequents many of these local joints, like Jemil’s Big Easy, which she and her family have enjoyed for years — so much so that she’s gotten to know the owner, Chef Jemil Aziz Johnson. Born and raised in New Orleans, Jemil has more than two decades of experience in the culinary arts. He specializes in Cajun and Creole dishes and has won awards for his delectable crawfish beignets.

“Jemil’s has probably catered every one of my kids’ events. Actually, we had something at our house Fourth of July weekend and Jemil catered,” Webb said. She explained that she ran across Jemil years ago when an executive assistant at Seattle Credit Union recommended him for an Indigenous Peoples’ Day event. “The food was absolutely amazing and authentic New Orleans cuisine.”

While this year’s live auction dinner is sold out, there is a waitlist and those who sign up will be notified if seats become available. The Silent Auction is accessible to all and will run Oct. 5-6. Learn more and register to bid online.

Featuring world-class speakers, the CU4Kids Enchanted Northwest Gala, the Summit Awards Dinner, the Strategic Link Trade Show, and more, MAXX is the must-attend event of 2021. And given your feedback, there are even more roundtable and networking opportunities than ever before. Click here to learn more about MAXX and register today.

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