Virginia-Based Credit Unions Donate $406,236 to CMN Hospitals in 2013; Surpass $2 Million in Donations Since 2003

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Record-setting year in donations for 2013 pushes Virginia-based credit unions past $2 million milestone in contributions to state's CMN Hospitals since 2003

The Credit Unions Care Foundation of Virginia is supporting the efforts of state credit unions to raise funds for our Children's Miracle Network Hospitals

Every child deserves the hope and healing of children's hospitals, and each year credit unions all across Virginia are sponsoring fundraisers to support that goal.

Virginia-based credit unions donated a record $406,236 in 2013 to the Children's Miracle Network Hospitals serving the commonwealth.

The state's credit union system also played a role in the $483,000 raised for the Washington, D.C.-based Children's National Medical Center through sponsorship and participation in the Credit Union Cherry Blossom Ten Mile Run, a popular foot race that credit unions nationwide use as a fundraising vehicle for their local CMN Hospitals.

"We are proud to partner with Children's Miracle Network Hospitals in support of their mission to provide the finest medical care and treatment for children and engage in research that is paving the way for new treatments and even cures for many life-threatening illnesses," says David Miles, chief operating officer for the Credit Unions Care Foundation of Virginia, a non-profit formed in 2009 by Virginia's credit union system to coordinate credit unions' charitable giving, community development efforts and education initiatives.

Since the start of the partnership with CMN Hospitals in 2003, Virginia-based credit unions have collectively donated $2,086,236 to the charity.

"We thank our credit unions for embracing CMN Hospitals as our system-wide charity-of-choice," says Viki Frankenburger, chairwoman of the Credit Unions Care Foundation of Virginia Community Involvement Committee and an employee of Richmond, Va.-based Virginia Credit Union. "Every child deserves the hope and healing of children's hospitals, and each year credit unions all across Virginia are sponsoring fundraisers, big and small, to support that goal."

Nationally, Credit Unions for Kids, an umbrella brand in which credit unions and affiliated organizations support children’s hospitals, raised more than $10 million for CMN Hospitals in 2013. Through Credit Unions for Kids, the credit union system and its partners have raised more than $120 million for CMN Hospitals since 1996.

"Credit unions have such a passion for their communities and we are honored to call them our partner!" says Amy Dickstein, programs coordinator for Children's Miracle Network Hospitals in Richmond, Va. "They should be commended not only for their monetary contributions to Children’s Miracle Networks Hospitals and their other organizations of choice but also for their volunteer spirit and enthusiasm. Thanks to the support of valued partners like our credit unions, CMN Hospitals across the commonwealth are able to provide world-class care and treatment for the children in our communities."

Children's Miracle Network Hospitals
Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals treat 17 million children each year for every disease and condition imaginable—from asthma and broken bones to cancer and heart defects. Each year, Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals adopt life-saving equipment, perform breakthrough research and provide more than $2.5 billion in charitable care. CMN Hospitals are committed to serving children above all else. Learn more online:

About the Credit Unions Care Foundation of Virginia
Formed in 2009, the Credit Unions Care Foundation of Virginia believes in furthering credit unions’ social mission by aiding our communities and offering a hand up to individuals in need. The Foundation supports charitable organizations, community groups and disaster relief activities; encourages instruction in basic personal finance concepts for consumers; and helps individuals improve their lives through education. Its mission is to Build a Better Tomorrow by Strengthening the World Around Us Today. Learn more online:

About Virginia's Credit Union System
Virginia is home to 166 member-owned, not-for-profit credit unions, which collectively boast more than $99 billion in assets and more than 8.4 million members worldwide. The commonwealth's credit unions are served by the Virginia Credit Union League, a statewide trade association that lobbies state and federal lawmakers on behalf of credit unions, provides products and services that help credit unions serve their members, and offers training and informational resources. Learn more online:

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