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.

Thank You From the Children's Miracle Network

Northwest Credit Unions Raise $241,000 for Children’s Hospitals

Two years ago, Tim Haarmann was treated for cancer at one of the regional Children's Miracle Network Hospitals. This fall he finished the Portland Marathon.

A sold out crowd of Northwest credit union professionals, business partners, and advocates were transported 90 years back in history for the Roaring 20s Gala and Auction, benefiting Credit Unions for Kids. When the feathers were done flying, they had raised nearly a quarter of a million dollars for the lifesaving work of Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals.

“The generosity in the room last night would put Gatsby to shame," said Jamie Dedmon, former Managing Director of the Northwest Credit Union Foundation. "I am so grateful to all the people, credit unions, and businesses who made the auction such a great success. It’s an honor to be part of a community as caring and giving as the credit unions of Oregon and Washington.”

Following a silent auction complete with a speakeasy photo booth, Emcee Jenny Hansson of KOIN 6 and Auctioneer Chris Leach led a high-energy night of aggressive bidding and heartwarming generosity. The credit union community, gathered in Portland for the NWCUA Amplify Convention, were dressed in their gangster suits and flapper dresses.

The heart of the event came just before the live auction, when 16-year-old Tim Haarmann and his parents and sister were invited onto the auction stage. Two years ago Tim was diagnosed with Acute Myeloid Leukemia after a bruise from a baseball pitch refused to heal.

Tim told the story of his diagnosis and treatment at OHSU Doernbecher Children’s Hospital, a Children's Miracle Network Hospital. He shared how he began walking around “10 South,” the cancer floor at the Hospital, in order to build and maintain strength, and how he set a goal to walk a whole marathon before being released, completing it just days before going home.

Tim’s mom Susan then spoke about the trials of seeing her son undergo cancer treatment. With tears in her eyes she said, “They are truly amazing caretakers at Doernbecher.”

But the kicker was this: the weekend before the auction, less than two years after finishing his cancer treatment, Tim ran the Portland Marathon together with one of his Doernbecher doctors.

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