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Wis. CUs raise funds for hospitals Childrens Miracle Network
MADISON, Wis. (11/19/09)--Through the Credit Union Cherry Blossom Ten-Mile Run in Washington D.C., Wisconsin credit unions and affiliated industry organizations contributed more than $81,000 in 2009 to the state’s system of Children’s Miracle Network hospitals.
Click to view larger image Credit union organizations and credit unions presented a check for $37,343 to Children’s Hospital of Wisconsin at the Wisconsin Credit Union League’s office in Madison recently. Participating were, from left, Derick Stace-Naughton, CUNA Mutual Group; Harley Skjervem, Credit Union National Association (CUNA); Christine Rockweit, president, Fond du Lac (Wis.) CU; Josie Collins, National Credit Union Foundation; Keri Brunelle, Children’s Hospital of Wisconsin/Health System Foundation; Sheila McNeal, CUNA Mutual Group; Brett Thompson, president, Wisconsin Credit Union League; Mark Condon, CUNA; Tom Liebe, government affairs, Wisconsin Credit Union League; Christopher Roe, senior vice president, corporate/legislative affairs, CUNA Mutual Group. (Photo provided by CUNA Mutual Group)
The most recent contribution of $37,343--made as part of a check presentation at the Wisconsin Credit Union League’s office across from the state Capitol--will benefit Children’s Hospital of Wisconsin in Milwaukee. “Because of state credit union fundraising, the credit union movement is proud to contribute to Wisconsin Children’s Miracle Network-affiliated hospitals,” said Christopher Roe, senior vice president, corporate/legislative affairs, CUNA Mutual Group, and a member of the board of directors of Credit Union Miracle Day, Inc., the title sponsor group of the run. “Wisconsin’s participation in this national event directly helps children in our communities and demonstrates the mission of credit unions--‘people helping people,’” he added. State credit unions and affiliated business partners also contributed $22,200 each to Gunderson Lutheran Medical Center in La Crosse and St. Joseph’s Children’s Hospital of Marshfield. “With more than 12,000 runners, including more than 6,000 credit union members, the Credit Union Cherry Blossom Run in Washington, D.C., is a flagship fundraising event for Credit Union for Kids,” said Sarah Turner, director of Credit Union Miracle Day (CUMD). “Once again, we are pleased this event contributed $1 million to children’s hospitals nationwide in 2009.” CUMD is an organization of credit unions and industry affiliates dedicated to raising funds for the Children’s Miracle Network and raising awareness of the credit union difference. Credit unions and industry business partners contributing to the $81,743 Wisconsin total included the Wisconsin Credit Union League; Lifetime CU, West Allis; Fond du Lac (Wis.) CU; CUNA Mutual Group; Credit Union National Association; Fiserv; Credit Union Executives Society and the National Credit Union Foundation. “Wisconsin credit unions take great pride in supporting the Cherry Blossom Run and the Children's Miracle Network-affiliated hospitals throughout our state,” said Brett Thompson, president/CEO of the Wisconsin league. “We’re pleased to be part of an event that raises national awareness to helping sick and injured children, yet still has a direct impact on our local communities.” “Funds collected stay at home, so every dollar generated by credit unions serves your local community,” Turner added. “The monies raised by credit unions in Wisconsin and elsewhere are tracked according to donor ZIP codes, so money donated in Wisconsin goes to Children’s Miracle Network hospitals in La Crosse, Marshfield and Milwaukee.” “Thanks to the generous support of credit unions and the Cherry Blossom Run, Children's Hospital and Health System is able to acquire new equipment that results in improved treatment, fund research to find new cures and treatments for diseases, support family services, from toys and art therapy to interpreter services,” said Keri Brunelle, fundraising manager for the Milwaukee hospital. “We are grateful to the Credit Union for Kids campaign for their ongoing support.” The Children’s Miracle Network is a nationwide affiliation of more than 170 children’s hospitals that provides state-of-art care, research, preventative health education and treatment for children with diseases and injuries.
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