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CU Cherry Blossom Run Achievements Recognized
WASHINGTON (6/21/13)--Credit unions were honored for their Credit Union Cherry Blossom Ten Mile Run (The Run) achievements during the Maryland & D.C. Credit Union Association's Annual Meeting and Convention held last week in Ocean City, Md.

Click to view larger image Federal Reserve Board (FRB) FCU, Washington, D.C., was among the credit unions awarded for their Credit Union Cherry Blossom Ten Mile Run achievements during the Maryland & D.C. Credit Union Association's Annual Meeting and Convention last week in Ocean City, Md. Here, Charlie Mallon, left, president/CEO of Congressional FCU, Oakton, Va., and chairman of the CU Cherry Blossom Race Committee, presents an award to Pauline Dunbar-Stevens, president/CEO of  FRB FCU. (Photo provided by Maryland and D.C. Credit Union Association)
"We celebrate the achievements of these three credit unions in our competitions," said Charlie Mallon, president/CEO of Congressional FCU, Oakton, Va., and chairman of the CU Cherry Blossom Race Committee. "While this is a friendly sporting event that raises a lot of money for the treatment of kids, some of our athlete members are very competitive," he said.

Among the credit unions and individuals honored:

  • Fastest credit union running team--Federal Reserve Board (FRB) FCU, Washington, D.C., "Cash Us If You Can" in a credit union team record-breaking time of 2:52:43;
  • Fastest credit union male--Dominic Smith, FRB FCU, 53:00;
  • Fastest credit union female--Andrea Fischione, FRB FCU, 63:22;
  • Most raised in credit union organizational donation challenge--Department of Labor FCU, Washington, D.C., 43 cents per member through its skip-a-pay program;
  • Most raised in credit union member donation challenge--Constellation FCU, Reston, Va., 29 cents per member through an iPad raffle; and
  • Most spirited credit union volunteer team--NASA FCU, Upper Marlboro, Md., at Water Stop No. 2.
The April 7 run in Washington, D.C., was sponsored by Credit Union Miracle Day (CUMD), a nonprofit collaboration of credit union organizations engaged in fundraising activities to benefit Children's Miracle Network Hospitals (CMN Hospitals) and is the largest national credit union fundraising event for Credit Unions for Kids,

Funds collected by CUMD stay in the credit union's community to benefit the kids served by the local CMN Hospital.

CU4Kids is a nonprofit collaboration of credit unions, chapters, leagues, the Credit Union National Association and business partners nationwide that raises funds to benefit 170 Children's Miracle Network Hospitals. Credit unions are the third-largest corporate sponsor of the hospitals, behind only Walmart and Costco.

The 2013 Credit Union Cherry Blossom Ten Mile Run and Credit Union SacTown Ten-Mile Run in Sacramento, Calif., drew together 100 credit unions from 14 states, 60 business partner organizations, 16,000 runners and over 700 volunteers. They raised more than $483,000 for CMN Hospitals.
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