Attendees at NWCUA MAXX Meeting Raise $1 Million for CUs for Kids; Announce Board Changes

A reposted Article from CU Today

BOISE, Idaho – Attendees at the Northwest Credit Union Association’s Enchanted Northwest gala and auction during its MAXX Convention raised more than $1 million for Credit Unions for Kids and Children’s Miracle Network hospitals.

“As a result, eight Children’s Miracle Network hospitals in the region will have more funds to support research, medical equipment, and life-saving care for young patients and their families,” the NWCUA said.

The $1,001,720 raised from bids on deluxe getaways to wine country inns, world-renowned resorts, and electric cars will be donated to each of the hospitals.

A Horse Named Cat

According to the NWCUA, bidding was inspired by the event’s “Miracle Child,” Brinley Oldham, who was unable to attend the Enchanted Northwest Gala in person, but video produced by the hospital detailed a horrific day in 2019, when Brinley, then 9, was helping her family brand the herd on their remote Idaho ranch.

“She was trampled by a cow and suffered life-threatening injuries,” the NWCUA said. “Fortunately, St. Luke’s Children’s Hospital in Boise had opened a pediatric trauma center just 12 days before Brinley’s accident. All of the child-specific medical equipment was in place, and the well-practiced team of healthcare workers was ready. Brinley’s life was saved, and less than a month later, she was back at the ranch.”

The NWCUA said Idaho Central Credit Union served as Brinley’s sponsoring credit union. In a video conversation with CEO Kent Oram, Brinley shared that the steer she showed at 4-H this year was named “Karen.” And the horse she has mastered riding? Its name is “Cat.”

“When I first got out of the hospital, I thought I wanted to be a nurse or doctor, so that I could help other kids like me,” she said in the video. “But now I kind of want to be a vet because this year, we’ve had quite a few animals get hurt, and it just seems cool to watch the process of them healing.”

Making a Difference

Added NWCUA President/CEO Troy Stang, “The credit unions’ generosity is once again going to make a difference for CMN hospitals as they help families and young patients through the most difficult of times. We appreciate the hard work of the Enchanted Northwest’s volunteer committee, all of the sponsors, the generous donors for gift packages, and the credit union family for its friendly, but competitive, bidding for the kids.”

Board Elections Held

In addition, the NWCUA announced the results of a reorganization of its 2020-2021 board executive committee, including announcing Jeff Adams, president and CEO of Spokane-based Horizon Credit Union, as the new chair.

“Thank you for the trust you have placed in me as your newly elected chair, and know I am fully committed to working closely with the Association, the Board, and all of you to serve and advance the interests of credit unions in Idaho, Oregon, and Washington,” Adams told the gathering by video during the closing MAXX session.

Adams succeeds Kent Oram, president and CEO of Idaho Central Credit Union, as chair. In turning over the gavel, Oram asked his Northwest colleagues to “keep on preaching our message about the Credit Union Difference.”

Other Board Members

Other members of the executive committee include:

  • Vice Chair: Larry Ellifritz, president and CEO, Consolidated Community Credit Union
  • Secretary Treasurer: Trisha Baker, president and CEO, Lewis Clark Credit Union
  • Executive Committee Member: Don Clark, president and CEO, Sound Credit Union

Other members of the board include:

  • Christopher Bradberry, president & CEO, Fibre Federal Credit Union
  • Veronica Ervin, SVP & chief risk officer, OnPoint Community Credit Union
  • Jennifer Kutcher, president & CEO, WECU
  • Kent Oram, CEO, Idaho Central Credit Union
  • Teri Robinson, CEO, Ironworkers USA Federal Credit Union
  • Dan Thurman, CEO, East Idaho CU
  • Stacie Wyss-Schoenborn, president & CEO, Central Willamette Credit Union

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