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Virginia CUs hit 1 million for kids hospitals
LYNCHBURG, Va. (3/31/10)--Virginia credit unions have donated their first $1 million to Children’s Miracle Network, a non-profit organization that raises funds for 170 children’s hospitals, including seven in Virginia.
Click to view larger image Virginia credit unions raised more than $1 million to benefit Children’s Miracle Network hospitals. Pictured from left are: Erin Hildreth, Children’s Miracle Network; Virginia Credit Union League staffers Jeanne Sullivan, director of lending and insurance products; Lewis Wood, director of public relations and communications; and Mary Amyx, executive assistant; Patty Jasper-Zellner, Children’s National Medical Center, Washington, D.C.; Brenda Kuntz, Children’s Hospital of the King’s Daughters, Norfolk; Amy Wicks-Horn, University of Virginia Children’s Hospital, Charlottesville; and Rachel Bruni, representing network hospitals serving greater Richmond. (Photo provided by the Virginia Credit Union League)
The Virginia Credit Union League named Children’s Miracle Network its “charity of choice” in 2003, encouraging its member credit unions to raise funds and serve as volunteers in support of the charity. The $1 million was raised during the seven-year partnership. “This $1 million milestone represents a tremendous effort on the part of our credit unions,” said league President Rick Pillow. “Each year, the league’s Community Involvement Committee and our member credit unions hold dozens of fundraisers in support of Children’s Miracle Network, including golf tournaments, auctions, and branch and lobby promotions. It’s those efforts and the support of credit unions’ staff and members that made this possible.” Virginia credit unions also sponsor the Credit Union Cherry Blossom Run in Washington, D.C. Credit unions use their sponsorship to raise funds for Children’s Miracle Network, with more than $1 million donated nationally in 2009 alone. Credit unions have raised more than $3.6 million since assuming the title sponsorship of the race in 2001. Virginia credit unions also donated more than $880,000 to local nonprofits last year, said The Richmond Times-Dispatch (March 28).


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