VANCOUVER, Wash., and SAN DIMAS, Calif. (4/28/09)--The sponsors of the 2009 Oregon and Washington Credit Unions for Kids Wine Auction announced Friday they had raised more than $157,000 at the event April 17. “Our goal was $150,000 and frankly, we weren’t sure we could achieve that this year,” said Roger Michaelis, CEO of iQ CU in Vancouver, Wash., and the event’s main sponsor. “To say we are overwhelmed is an understatement.” The national Credit Unions for Kids program, which originated in Oregon, Southwest Washington and Texas, raises money for 179 Children’s Miracle Network hospitals including Doernbecher Children’s Hospital, Sacred Heart hospital in Eugene, Ore., and the Rogue Valley Medical Center in Medford, Ore. More than 5,000 of the nation’s 8,000 credit unions participate. The NW Wine Auction is one of program’s biggest events. The auction was held at the Governor Hotel in Portland with about 150 attendees. Co-hosts Roger Michaelis and Sarah Canepa Bang, CEO of Financial Service Centers Cooperative Inc., entertained the crowd. Bang shared her perspective on spending, “Whenever I’m worried about spending too much money on something, I ask myself, ‘When I die, how long will I be dead,’ and then nothing seems too expensive.” Auction Coordinator was Lisa Stokman, iQ CU, Vancouver, who is frequently called upon by other event coordinators for “best practices” for similar auctions. The NW Wine auction, which follows the California Credit Unions for Kids wine auction and the Credit Union Cherry Blossom Ten Mile race in Washington, D.C., is the third in a series of Credit Unions for Kids fundraisers. In less than one month, these three events have raised nearly $1.4 million for children’s hospitals nationwide.