The credit union industry has come through again for Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals and the children and parents who rely on them. On March 25, the California and Nevada Credit Unions for Kids Wine Auction raised $270,000 for 11 hospitals in California and Nevada, passing $1 million as the total amount donated since the annual event began in 2006.
More than 300 people from over 75 credit unions, organizations and hospitals attended the event at Laguna Cliffs Resort & Spa in Dana Point, Calif. In addition to 260 bottles of wine, attendees bid on other luxury items such as a Hawaii vacation.
Nine-year-old Bailey Spoonhower and his mother addressed the crowd as special guests, sharing the story of how the boy recovered from cancer with the help of Children’s Hospital Orange County, a recipient of the program’s donations.
Corporate sponsors of the event were the California and Nevada Credit Union Leagues, CU Direct Corporation, CO-OP Financial Services, Financial Service Centers Cooperative Inc. and CUNA Mutual Group. Financial Partners CU, Schools First FCU, Xceed Financial CU, AutoNation Direct and Fifth Third Processing Solutions served as grand reserve sponsors.
"We have experienced amazing generosity and kindheartedness from event attendees and the credit union community for six years," said Teresa Freeborn of Xceed Financial CU, the chairman of the wine auction committee.