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Wisconsin CUs raise 47000 for state hospitals
MILWAUKEE (1/9/09)--Wisconsin credit unions and affiliated industry organizations contributed more than $47,000 in 2008--garnered from the Credit Union Cherry Blossom 10-mile run in Washington D.C.--to the state’s system of Children’s Miracle Network hospitals.
Click to view larger imageWisconsin credit unions and industry partners presented a check Tuesday for $15,858 to Children’s Hospital of Wisconsin in Milwaukee. Pictured, front row, from left: Christopher Roe, CUNA Mutual senior vice president and Credit Union Miracle Day board member; Keri Brunelle and Elisabeth Thomsen, both of Children's Hospital; Judy Kline, Lifetime CU, West Allis; Chad Helminak, Wisconsin Credit Union League; and Katye Long, Credit Union National Association; Back row: Scott Roesch, Fond du Lac (Wis.) CU; Corey Gibson, Summit CU, Madison; and Sheila McNeal, CUNA Mutual. (Photo provided by CUNA Mutual Group)
The most recent contribution--$15,858--was made Tuesday at Children’s Hospital of Wisconsin in Milwaukee. “As a result of state credit unions’ fund-raising, this contribution is one of three directed to Wisconsin Children’s Miracle Network-affiliated hospitals,” said Christopher Roe, senior vice president, corporate/legislative affairs, CUNA Mutual Group. He is a member of the Board of Directors of Credit Union Miracle Day (CUMD) Inc. “We are proud that the credit union movement in Wisconsin participates in this national event, which directly helps children in our local community.” “Each spring, the Credit Union Cherry Blossom Run in Washington, D.C., is the flagship fundraising event for CUMD,” said Sarah Turner, CUMD director, adding, “We are thrilled this event contributed more than $1 million to children’s hospitals nationwide in 2008.” 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 $47,076 Wisconsin total included: the Wisconsin Credit Union League; Lifetime CU, West Allis; Summit (Great Wisconsin) CU, Madison; Fond du Lac (Wis.) CU; Sentry CU, Stevens Point; CUNA Mutual Group; Credit Union National Association; Fiserv; Credit Union Executives Society and the National Credit Union Foundation. “Year in and year out, Wisconsin credit unions and their members do a tremendous job of supporting Children's Miracle Network and we're proud to work together on events like the Cherry Blossom Run,” said Brett Thompson, president/CEO of the Wisconsin league. “Since credit unions are locally owned and operated, they find tremendous value in raising funds to help sick children in Wisconsin get the specialized care they need.” “Local donations stay at home,” 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 (Gunderson), Marshfield (St. Joseph’s) and Milwaukee (Children’s Hospital of Wisconsin).” “Children’s Hospital and Health System is committed to ensuring a healthier future for children by providing an integrated and coordinated health services network for infants, children and adolescents,” said Elisabeth Thomsen, special events manager, Children’s Hospital of Wisconsin and Children’s Miracle Network representative. “This can only be accomplished with the support of the community, and we are grateful to the Credit Unions for Kids campaign for their ongoing support.” The Children’s Miracle Network is a nationwide affiliation of more than 170 children’s hospitals.


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