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A Year Later: National Convention Leave-behind Project Generates More Good
GREENVILLE, S.C. (6/25/13)--Building on credit unions' cooperative efforts during leave-behind projects at the 2012 National Presidential Nominating Conventions, the Carolinas Credit Union Foundation (CCUF) will invest equally in a South Carolina children's hospital nearly a year after raising funds in Charlotte, N.C.

North and South Carolina credit unions raised $300,000 for the hospital project in Charlotte in the Credit Union National Association's leave-behind project. 

CCUF is in the process of raising another $300,000 to renovate the lobby area off Greenville (S.C.)  Health Systems Children's Hospital--one of four Children's Miracle Network Hospitals in South Carolina, said the North Carolina League. As of June 20, about $150,000 has been raised (The Weekly Conversation June 21).

The groundbreaking is set for July 10 in Greenville, S.C.

That renovation follows the remodeling of the rooftop garden area of Levine Children's Hospital in Charlotte. CUNA's leave-behind projects honored the cities holding the National Conventions. The Democratic National Convention was held at the end of last summer in Charlotte.

The CCUF board--representing the North Carolina and the South Carolina Credit Union Leagues--decided the foundation would be a key part of the Charlotte project, helping raise the $300,000 needed for the Charlotte Children's Miracle Network Hospital.

One hundred percent of the funds raised by credit unions in both North Carolina and South Carolina, business partners and individuals--was used for the Levine project, said the North Carolina league. Other organizations involved included the National Journal Group, CUNA Mutual Group, CO-OP Financial Services and others (News Now Sept. 5).

At Levine Children's Hospital in Charlotte, the project has converted a rooftop space on the hospital's 12th floor into a play space that includes a touch-activated light and color "bubble wall," outdoor play equipment, and environmental improvements.

A similar leave-behind project was completed during the Republican National Party Convention in Tampa, Fla.
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