Credit Unions for Kids

Credit Unions for Kids is one of the Northwest legacies we’re most proud of. The credit union movement’s “charity of choice” was born in 1986 when a group of Northwest credit unions began raising money for sick children. Their idea was adopted nationally in 1996. Today, Credit Unions for Kids is the third largest fundraiser for the 170 Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals, and has raised more than $150 million for the kids.

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By the Numbers: Credit Unions Surpass Fundraising Target at Hollywood Glamour Auction

Abigail Franklin and Lauren sharing their journey with the audience, as Denise Gabel looks on.

In a room full of credit union professionals, business partners, advocates and friends, it’s ironic that the Hollywood Glamour Credit Unions for Kids Auction came down to a few numbers.

More than $150 million raised for Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals since starting in the Northwest 30 years ago. $11 million raised in the last decade, and $1.5 million last year. A record $301,266 raised during this auction, including a generous CO-OP Miracle Match of $10,000.

But one number truly stuck out: 633.

That’s the number of pediatric patients cared for by the six Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals in the Northwest as the auction was happening.

633 birthdays, pairs of caring parents and young minds wondering what their futures look like. For each of them, the dollars raised on this night, and every day toward Credit Unions for Kids, will go toward the life saving treatments they so desperately need.

Elaine Couture, Regional Chief Executive of Providence Health Care, Eastern Washington, was effusive in her praise of the evening’s generosity, before pivoting, and urging those in the room dressed to the nines to “raise their paddles for those 633 patients, and the ones in their own communities.”

And with some helpful prodding from auctioneer Chris Leach, raise those paddles they did.

Generous bids ranged from signed Russell Wilson and Ken Griffey Jr. jerseys, to dinner with Seahawks Hall of Famer Steve Largent, along with lavish trip and dinner packages. Items also included six red Radio Flyer wagons bursting with toys to deliver to each of those six hospitals.

Solarity Credit Union ignited a bidding war, soaring past the $10,000 mark in winning a wagon for the first hospital. From there, the room lit up for many others trying to match the generosity, the auctioneer nearly losing bids in the din.

Attendees were also introduced to Lauren, the daughter of Global Credit Union VP of Marketing and Strategy Abigail Franklin, and this year’s Children’s Miracle Network Miracle Child.

Lauren had spent time in Spokane Children’s Hospital after being diagnosed with Type 1 Diabetes, and has continued to receive care from Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals. She has since gone on to become an ambassador for the hospitals, sharing her story of recovery and support with other children and families.

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