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Missouri CUs raise 217247 for childrens hospitals
ST. LOUIS (4/18/12)--Missouri credit unions raised $217,247 in 2011 for Credit Unions for Kids, which benefits the Children's Miracle Network Hospitals, said the Missouri Credit Union Association (MCUA).

Credit Unions for Kids is a nonprofit collaboration of credit unions, credit union chapters, leagues and business partners nationwide that raise funds for the hospitals, the credit union industry's charity of choice. 

"We collect donations at each of our seven branches and have made Children's Miracle Network our primary philanthropic organization," said Kyle Hudson, business development officer for United Consumers CU in Kansas City. "Our mission to help local children and families gives us pure joy and a sense of accomplishment when we hear the stories of young ones who have benefited from Children's Miracle Network's good deeds."

Missouri credit unions have donated more than $2.8 million since the program's inception in 1996. Last year, 62 credit unions in the state took part in fundraising activities that included trivia nights, golf tournaments, bake sales, silent auctions and employee casual dress days.

"This is the third year in a row that we have been honored as a top contributor out of all Missouri credit unions; however, the greatest award is being able to continue our credit union philosophy of people helping people in our community," said Frank Nelson, president/CEO, 1st Financial Federal CU, Wentzville. "We are grateful to have these outstanding hospitals to help our area children when they need it the most."

Missouri is home to five children's hospitals that use donations to adopt life-saving equipment, perform breakthrough research and provide charitable medical care for children. Missouri ranks 12th in the nation for donations raised by credit unions per state, said MCUA.

"Credit unions are always looking for ways to give back to their communities, and Children's Miracle Network provides a phenomenal opportunity to do so," says Mike Beall, MCUA president/CEO.
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