CUs for Kids Wine Auction CUs for Kids Wine Auction

From left to right, John Cassidy, president/CEO of Sierra Central Credit Union ($1.3 billion, Yuba City, Calif.), CO-OP Financial Services President/CEO Todd Clark and CU Direct President/CEO Tony Boutelle show off their Gaelic wear during the 16th annual California and Nevada Credit Unions for Kids Wine Auction. The wine auction took place as a virtual, interactive event on March 12 and raised $1.17 million for 11 Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals (CMNH) in the two states, marking the seventh consecutive year the event has raised more than $1 million.

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Themed “Gala Caisleán [Castle in Gaelic],” the event was supported by 57 credit unions, business partners and hospitals, and gave attendees the opportunity to bid on more than 650 packages that included bottles of fine wine and whiskey, travel getaways, sports events and concerts. The event’s special guest was 11-year old CMNH Miracle Child Hudson Kent, who was diagnosed with kidney cancer at the age of 15 months in March 2011. He underwent four surgeries and six months of chemotherapy before the age of three at Children’s Hospital Orange County and has now been cancer-free for eight years.

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Natasha Chilingerian

Natasha Chilingerian has worked in the credit union space for over a decade. She joined CU Times as managing editor in 2015 and was promoted to executive editor in 2019. Before that, she served as a communications specialist for Xceed Financial Credit Union (now Kinecta Federal Credit Union) in Los Angeles from 2013-2015, and as a CU Times freelancer from 2011-2013. She has been a professional writer and editor for more than 17 years, specializing in news and lifestyle journalism as well as marketing copywriting for companies in the finance and technology space.

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