Enchanted Northwest CU4Kids Auction Raises $1 Million for Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals
October 12, 2021
Attendees of the Northwest Credit Union Association’s Enchanted Northwest Gala and Auction at MAXX 2021 last week did a long-time fundraising tradition proud. They wore out their arms raising their bidding paddles again and again for Credit Unions for Kids, a now-national charity founded decades ago in the Northwest.
As a result, eight Children’s Miracle Network hospitals will have more funds to support research, medical equipment, and life-saving care for young patients and their families. Bidding on deluxe getaways to wine country inns, world-renowned resorts, and electric cars to be donated to each of the hospitals, contributors raised $1,001,720 – all in a single night.
A Steer Named Karen and a Horse Named Cat
Brinley Oldham, the event’s “Miracle Child,” surely inspired higher bidding with the story of how her life was saved by the team at the St. Luke’s Pediatric Trauma Center in Boise. Brinley 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 severely injured. Fortunately, the trauma center had opened just 12 days before, and the well-practiced medical team saved her life from an accident where “five minutes more” could have made a drastic difference.
In a video conversation with Kent Oram, CEO at Idaho Central Credit Union, 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.” That exchange brought laughs. Brinley’s career choice also won applause.
“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. “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.”
Healing is What Credit Union for Kids is All About!
“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,” said Troy Stang, President and CEO of NWCUA. “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.”
The Total Raised Could Climb
If you would like to continue raising the roof for Credit Unions for Kids, you may still do so. Donations to the Enchanted Northwest are still being accepted. Contact Holly Miller at the NWCUA to increase the funds that will be contributed the CMN hospitals.