Credit Unions for Kids
Credit Unions for Kids is one of the Northwest legacies we’re most proud of. The credit union movement’s “charity of choice” was born in 1986 when a group of Northwest credit unions began raising money for sick children. Their idea was adopted nationally in 1996. Today, Credit Unions for Kids is the third largest fundraiser for the 170 Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals, and has raised more than $150 million for the kids.
By the Numbers: Credit Unions Surpass Fundraising Target at Hollywood Glamour Auction
Abigail Franklin and Lauren sharing their journey with the audience, as Denise Gabel looks on.
In a room full of credit union professionals, business partners, advocates and friends, it’s ironic that the Hollywood Glamour Credit Unions for Kids Auction came down to a few numbers.
More than $150 million raised for Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals since starting in the Northwest 30 years ago. $11 million raised in the last decade, and $1.5 million last year. A record $301,266 raised during this auction, including a generous CO-OP Miracle Match of $10,000.
But one number truly stuck out: 633.
That’s the number of pediatric patients cared for by the six Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals in the Northwest as the auction was happening.
633 birthdays, pairs of caring parents and young minds wondering what their futures look like. For each of them, the dollars raised on this night, and every day toward Credit Unions for Kids, will go toward the life saving treatments they so desperately need.
Elaine Couture, Regional Chief Executive of Providence Health Care, Eastern Washington, was effusive in her praise of the evening’s generosity, before pivoting, and urging those in the room dressed to the nines to “raise their paddles for those 633 patients, and the ones in their own communities.”
And with some helpful prodding from auctioneer Chris Leach, raise those paddles they did.
Generous bids ranged from signed Russell Wilson and Ken Griffey Jr. jerseys, to dinner with Seahawks Hall of Famer Steve Largent, along with lavish trip and dinner packages. Items also included six red Radio Flyer wagons bursting with toys to deliver to each of those six hospitals.
Solarity Credit Union ignited a bidding war, soaring past the $10,000 mark in winning a wagon for the first hospital. From there, the room lit up for many others trying to match the generosity, the auctioneer nearly losing bids in the din.
Lauren had spent time in Spokane Children’s Hospital after being diagnosed with Type 1 Diabetes, and has continued to receive care from Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals. She has since gone on to become an ambassador for the hospitals, sharing her story of recovery and support with other children and families.
About the Program
Credit Unions for Kids is a nonprofit collaboration of credit unions, chapters, leagues and associations, and business partners from across the country, engaged in fundraising activities to benefit 170 Children’s Miracle Network (CMN) Hospitals.
Every single dollar donated by members of the credit union movement stays local. That means that 100 percent of donations go back to the CMN Hospital that serves your community, your members. CMN Hospitals treat millions of children every year.
Take a look at our infographic to learn more about how these efforts help sick kids—get better.
What happens when credit unions donate money and time to Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals? They put smiles on faces like these.
Visit our resources page for fundraising tips and ideas, media tips, donation information, and more.
Children’s Miracle Network
Credit Unions for Kids: A Northwest Legacy
Credit unions say “yes” to the children who need them. We fund research, support medical teams responsible for breakthroughs and raise funds for supplies and equipment our kids needs. We’re there for them; we’re there for their families.
Credit Unions for Kids is a Northwest legacy. When credit unions and their business partners get together, there’s almost no limit to what they can do to make sick children’s dreams come true. What happened at the 2013 Boardwalk of Miracles auction was nothing short of magic—watch Elijah’s story.
Nathan O’Dell gave Credit Unions for Kids a gift in 2012, when he served as the Ambassador child for the NWCUA’s Credit Unions for Kids Auction, resulting in fundraising of over $75,000 in a single night. Nathan has Fragile X Syndrome. We checked in with him in early 2014, and found he’s growing fast and making strides thanks to a lot of family support and expert help from Seattle Children’s Hospital.
Public Service Announcement: Saying Yes to Sick Children
Seattle Children’s is one of the hospitals Credit Unions for Kids is proud to support. Credit union volunteers staff phone banks for KOMO TV’s annual fundraiser. This Public Service Announcement celebrates their work for the kids.
Pat Smith & Mandy Jones on Credit Unions for Kids
Over the years Credit Unions for Kids has continued to grow, helping children and families in need. Listen to what Pat Smith and Mandy Jones have to say about it all.
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To find out about who serves on the advisory board, see fundraising goals, and credit unions within the hospital region click on the map below or use the text links to the left.