On April 3, 2011 credit unions will celebrate the 10th Anniversary of title sponsorship of the Credit Union Cherry Blossom Ten Mile Run. We — credit unions and business partners nationwide — have united to benefit Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals and help 170 million sick children and their families find their own personal miracles. These kids wage war against every kind of medical condition you can imagine with unbelievable courage.
In the 10 years since that first race, the number of sponsoring credit unions and business partners has grown from 61 to 95. Our donations to Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals, through the umbrella brand known as Credit Unions for Kids, have grown from $65,000 that first year to nearly $1 million each of the past two years. In our 10 years of title sponsorship we have donated more than $4 million.
We are making a difference. But, we want — and can — do so much more.
Credit Unions for Kids is one of the largest contributors to Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals, third only to Wal-Mart and Costco. Since the founding of Credit Unions for Kids in 1996, credit unions have raised more than $80 million for this great cause. And we’ve done it through bake sales, golf outings, and other grassroots fundraising programs.
These individual efforts must continue, but we can do more. The single largest event to raise money for children’s hospitals is the Credit Union Cherry Blossom Ten Mile Run. Even more impressive, every dollar we raise goes to a local children’s hospital, thanks to the many volunteers and underwriting by PSCU Financial Services.
We need your commitment now.
Pledge today to become a sponsor.
Begin your individual fundraisingcampaign now and submityour donation totals by April 30. See our website for ideas.
Solicit online donations from friends and family. We raised $180,000 online in 2010; our goal for 2011 is $200,000.
The rewards of helping sick kids, supporting credit unions in a national forum (and on Capitol Hill), and rallying my staff to volunteer on cold spring mornings have been exponential. We laugh; we cry; we even compete against other credit unions in the fundraising challenges. And large or small, every credit union is eligible for an award because donations are determined by amount raised per member.
Join us today. Say “yes.”