The Minnesota Credit Union Foundation's credit unions for kids committee raised more than $190,000 for Gillette Children's Specialty Health Care and presented a check representing the funds raised by credit unions around the state.
The St. Paul, Minn.-based committee works with credit unions throughout the state to raise money for Gillette, Minnesota's Children's Miracle Network-affiliated hospital. Fundraisers included a golf tournament, a bowl-o-rama, and an inflatable obstacle course challenge. Individual credit unions also held their own fundraisers that consisted of cook-outs, candy bar and popcorn sales and casual days.
"The generosity of credit unions and members throughout the state enabled the committee to surpass its fundraising goal by more than $40,000", said Kristi Mukomela, chair of the Minnesota Credit Union Foundation. "The success of the committee's fundraising efforts demonstrates the amazing feats that can be accomplished through the cooperative efforts of the credit union movement."
The committee also received support from several local and national companies that work with credit unions, most notably CO-OP Financial Services. CO-OP Financial Services matched funds raised at the committee's annual meeting event, along with contributions given at fundraisers coordinated by several credit unions throughout the state.