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Northwest Credit Unions Raise Over $628K for Children's Hospitals During Tacoma Convention (Photo) - 10/18/18

                    Eight Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals in the Northwest will benefit.

 TACOMA, Wash.  — Hundreds of credit union leaders raised $628,226.49, for Children’s Miracle Network (CMN) hospitals during a gala auction Oct. 17. The credit union community is gathered in Tacoma for the Northwest Credit Union Association’s (NWCUA) MAXX Convention in Tacoma this week. The grand total was announced during the closing session of MAXX today.

While exploring technology and other innovative services to offer to their 6.5 million consumer members in Idaho, Washington, and Oregon, the credit union community at MAXX Convention also focused on its community impact “DNA.” As not-for-profit cooperatives, credit unions are founded on a “people helping people” philosophy, and giving back is an important principle for them as financial institutions. The gala auction in Tacoma is such an example.

The curtains parted and Cass Huff – the 2018 Miracle Child for the “New York, New York” auction -- came to the microphone and belted out an inspired version of Leonard Cohen’s Hallelujah. That set the stage for the event to build on the legacy Northwest credit unions started in 1986, when they founded the now-national “Credit Unions for Kids” charity.

Cass is one of just 150 people in the world with Conradi-Hunermann Syndrome, a severe form of scoliosis. Despite 42 surgeries, being blind in one eye, and being deaf in one ear, Cass aspires to star on Broadway. Her rendition of another song, Somewhere Over the Rainbow, was set to touching photos of babies and children whose lives have been saved at CMN hospitals.

Attendees bid aggressively on silent auction items such as jewelry and wine flights. They engaged in friendly bidding wars over luxury golf outings and hot air balloon rides during the live auction, to set an NWCUA auction record.

“We are moved and humbled by the generosity of our colleagues in the Credit Union Movement,” said Troy Stang, Northwest Credit Union Association (NWCUA) President and CEO. “The journey credit unions started here in the Northwest 32 years ago has made so many miracles possible for the kids and their families.”

All funds raised last night will stay in the Northwest, directly benefitting the CMN hospitals in Washington, Oregon, and Idaho, and Intermountain Primary Children’s Hospital in Utah.

“Thanks to the generosity of all of our sponsors, donors, and bidders, Credit Unions for Kids will again make miracles happen,” said Holly Miller, NWCUA Project Manager and Auction Coordinator. “The funds raised at auction will support research, treatments at the CMN hospitals, and will provide comfort to the families of hospitalized children. Does it really get any better than that?”

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The Northwest Credit Union Association is the not-for-profit trade association representing over 180 credit unions in Idaho, Oregon, and Washington, and their 6.5 million consumer members. Northwest Credit unions are not-for-profit cooperatives, owned by their members. Credit unions help members achieve their financial goals.  All earnings in excess of operating expenses and required reserves are returned to members in the form of lower loan rates, fewer fees and higher interest paid on savings. For information on how to join a credit union, please visit http://www.asmarterchoice.org.  

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Northwest Credit Unions Raise Over $628K for Children's Hospitals During Tacoma Convention (Photo) - 10/18/18

Seattle Children’s and seven other Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals will benefit

TACOMA, Wash.  — Hundreds of credit union leaders raised $628,226.49, for Children’s Miracle Network (CMN) hospitals during a gala auction Oct. 17. The credit union community is gathered in Tacoma for the Northwest Credit Union Association’s (NWCUA) MAXX Convention in Tacoma this week. The grand total was announced during the closing session of MAXX today.

While exploring technology and other innovative services to offer to their 6.5 million consumer members in Idaho, Washington, and Oregon, the credit union community at MAXX Convention also focused on its community impact “DNA.” As not-for-profit cooperatives, credit unions are founded on a “people helping people” philosophy, and giving back is an important principle for them as financial institutions. The gala auction in Tacoma is such an example.

The curtains parted and Cass Huff – the 2018 Miracle Child for the “New York, New York” auction -- came to the microphone and belted out an inspired version of Leonard Cohen’s Hallelujah. That set the stage for the event to build on the legacy Northwest credit unions started in 1986, when they founded the now-national “Credit Unions for Kids” charity.

Cass is one of just 150 people in the world with Conradi-Hunermann Syndrome, a severe form of scoliosis. Despite 42 surgeries, being blind in one eye, and being deaf in one ear, Cass aspires to star on Broadway. Her rendition of another song, Somewhere Over the Rainbow, was set to touching photos of babies and children whose lives have been saved at CMN hospitals.

Attendees bid aggressively on silent auction items such as jewelry and wine flights. They engaged in friendly bidding wars over luxury golf outings and hot air balloon rides during the live auction, to set an NWCUA auction record.

“We are moved and humbled by the generosity of our colleagues in the Credit Union Movement,” said Troy Stang, Northwest Credit Union Association (NWCUA) President and CEO. “The journey credit unions started here in the Northwest 32 years ago has made so many miracles possible for the kids and their families.”

All funds raised last night will stay in the Northwest, directly benefitting the CMN hospitals in Washington, Oregon, and Idaho.

“Thanks to the generosity of all of our sponsors, donors, and bidders, Credit Unions for Kids will again make miracles happen,” said Holly Miller, NWCUA Project Manager and Auction Coordinator. “The funds raised at auction will support research, treatments at the CMN hospitals, and will provide comfort to the families of hospitalized children. Does it really get any better than that?”

 

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The Northwest Credit Union Association is the not-for-profit trade association representing over 180 credit unions in Idaho, Oregon, and Washington, and their 6.5 million consumer members. Northwest Credit unions are not-for-profit cooperatives, owned by their members. Credit unions help members achieve their financial goals.  All earnings in excess of operating expenses and required reserves are returned to members in the form of lower loan rates, fewer fees and higher interest paid on savings. For information on how to join a credit union, please visit http://www.asmarterchoice.org.

 

Cass Huff 2018 CU4Kids Miracle Child
Cass Huff 2018 CU4Kids Miracle Child
Night Coverage Alert: Credit Union Auction Expected to Raise Hundreds of Thousands Tonight for Children's Hospitals (Photo) - 10/17/18

News coverage is welcome as credit unions open their hearts and wallets for their legacy charity—Credit Unions for Kids

TACOMA, Wash.—Nearly four million Washingtonians are members of credit unions – not only because of the financial services and value they receive – but also because of the positive impact credit unions have on communities as not-for-profit cooperatives.

The community “DNA” will be demonstrated in Tacoma tonight at the Northwest Credit Union Association’s (NWCUA) MAXX Convention. Hundreds of credit union leaders from Washington, Oregon, and Idaho will engage in friendly “bidding wars” to benefit the region’s eight Children’s Miracle Network (CMN) hospitals, including Seattle Children’s. Northwest credit unions have a strong passion for CMN hospitals, having founded “Credit Unions for Kids” more than 30 years ago. Their model was adopted nationally ten years later and has now raised $200 million for sick children.

Expect an emotional evening as 16-year-old Cass Huff takes center stage as the 2018 “Miracle Child.” Cass is one of only 150 people in the world with a rare genetic condition called Conradi-Hunermann Syndrome. She’s had 42 surgeries to treat this severe scoliosis, which left her blind in one eye, and deaf in one ear. But that hasn’t stopped her from becoming an aspiring Broadway star who plays multiple instruments and sings professionally. Cass is expected to perform two classics on stage tonight – Leonard Cohen’s “Hallelujah” and “Somewhere Over the Rainbow.”

The Credit Unions for Kids auction is a MAXX Convention tradition. Last year’s auction held in Spokane raised more than $300,000 for CMN hospitals.

WHAT: Credit Unions for Kids Action

WHEN:  Silent auction: 6:30-7:30 pm  Live auction: 8:00 – 9:30 pm

WHERE: Greater Tacoma Convention Center, 1500 Commerce St. Tacoma, WA 98402

 

                                                                                         

The Northwest Credit Union Association is the not-for-profit trade association representing over 180 credit unions in Idaho, Oregon, and Washington, and their 6.5 million consumer members. Northwest Credit unions are not-for-profit cooperatives, owned by their members. Credit unions help members achieve their financial goals.  All earnings in excess of operating expenses and required reserves are returned to members in the form of lower loan rates, fewer fees and higher interest paid on savings. For information on how to join a credit union, please visit http://www.asmarterchoice.org.

 

National Cable TV Politics Editor Chris Stirewalt Headlines Credit Union Convention in Tacoma Today - 10/17/18

How credit unions are addressing the housing crisis, artificial intelligence, and an auction expected to raise hundreds of thousands for children’s hospitals also highlight today’s agenda.

TACOMA, Wash.—One of the nation’s leading experts on American politics takes centerstage at the Northwest Credit Union Association’s (NWCUA) MAXX Convention this afternoon. Fox News political editor Chris Stirewalt will provide insight into next month’s critically important midterm elections, and dive into what is at heart of today’s political divide. Stirewalt’s signature style breaks down complex political issues in a way that people can understand and enjoy as he offers astute commentary on the current political climate.  3:15 pm. *

The NWCUA is the association representing over 180 credit unions in Idaho, Oregon, and Washington. Those not-for-profit, cooperative credit unions serve 6.5 million consumers in Northwest.

Additional opportunities for news coverage include:

  • Artificial Intelligence is finding its way into every corner of our lives. Find out what this means to credit union members. Peek at fintech products on the horizon that are making financial institutions more efficient, and helping consumers have 24/7 access to their money. Join us for the Strategic Link Trade Show from 10:00 am – 12:30 pm.
  • How credit unions are addressing the housing crisis. Every community is impacted by a housing crisis due to either low inventory or high prices. This panel discussion explores innovative approaches credit unions are taking to help consumers. 2:00 pm.
  • Credit Unions for Kids is a national charity that has contributed nearly $200 million to Children’s Miracle Network hospitals. It was founded right here in the Northwest in 1986. To honor that legacy, MAXX Convention will host “New York, New York,” a live auction and dinner expected to raise more than $300,000 for the region’s eight CMN hospitals. Expect lively “bidding wars” and a touching on-stage appearance by our 2018 Miracle Child. 8:00-9:30 pm

WHAT: MAXX Convention for Northwest Credit Unions

WHEN: Times vary; please visit https://nwcua.org/event/maxx-2018/

WHERE: Greater Tacoma Convention Center, 1500 Commerce St. Tacoma, WA 98402

Please reach out to Lynn Heider for all your coverage needs. lheider@nwcua.org. Call or text (503) 329-7208. Post event information and photos will be provided upon request.

*Coverage of Chris Stirewalt’s address is open to media. No live streaming is permitted, and video clips for later distribution are limited to two minutes in length. Chris is open to one-on-one interviews.

 

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The Northwest Credit Union Association is the not-for-profit trade association representing over 180 credit unions in Idaho, Oregon, and Washington, and their 6.5 million consumer members. Northwest Credit unions are not-for-profit cooperatives, owned by their members. Credit unions help members achieve their financial goals.  All earnings in excess of operating expenses and required reserves are returned to members in the form of lower loan rates, fewer fees and higher interest paid on savings. For information on how to join a credit union, please visit http://www.asmarterchoice.org.

 

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MAXX Convention shines the spotlight on the Credit Union Movement Oct. 16- 18. - 10/16/18

Find out Why 3.7 Million Washingtonians are Members of Credit Unions

TACOMA, Wash.— More than 6.5 million Northwest consumers have chosen credit unions as their financial services partner – nearly four million in Washington alone. As not-for-profit cooperatives, credit unions don’t pay Wall Street stockholders – they reinvest their earnings right back into members on Main Street. Local media coverage is welcomed at the Northwest Credit Union Association’s (NWCUA) MAXX Convention, which opens at the Greater Tacoma Convention Center today.

The NWCUA is the trade association representing more than 180 credit unions in Idaho, Oregon, and Washington.

With an expected 700 attendees, MAXX Convention could generate over $1 million for the local economy, according to Travel Tacoma.

When the curtain goes up at this afternoon’s general session, NWCUA President and CEO Troy Stang shares his passion for the “Credit Union Movement.” Cover MAXX to connect with Troy and other credit union thought leaders who are driving innovative technology for consumers, affordable housing solutions for communities, and more. Also on stage this afternoon, Christine Cashen, an internationally recognized speaker presents on handling conflict, reducing stress, and sparking innovating ideas.

WHAT: NWCUA MAXX Convention Opens

WHEN: 3:00 pm

WHERE Greater Tacoma Convention Center

Please reach out to Lynn Heider for all your coverage needs. lheider@nwcua.org. Call or text (503) 329-7208.

Sound Credit Union Staff gave up their holiday to volunteer in the community
Sound Credit Union Staff gave up their holiday to volunteer in the community
Thousands of Credit Union Employees Volunteer in the Puget Sound on Columbus Day/Indigenous Peoples Day (Photo) - 10/09/18

(Seattle, Wash.) --Financial institutions may have been closed Monday, Oct. 8 in observance of Columbus Day and Indigenous Peoples Day, but thousands of employees from Puget Sound-area credit unions saw an opportunity to make a difference in their communities. The army of volunteers fanned out to raise funds, teach kids, and volunteer with non-profit organizations throughout the area.  The efforts are part of the overall credit union philosophy of “people helping people” and represent area credit unions’ commitment to giving back to local communities. Nearly 2,800 employees rolled up their sleeves for the day of service.

 

Each credit union organized their own activities and chose the type of volunteer work.

 

  • BECU (Tukwila, Wash.) had nearly 2,000 employees hosting financial reality fairs in high schools throughout the Puget Sound and Spokane
  • Sound Credit Union (Tacoma, Wash.) had over 275 employees volunteering at 20 different non-profit organizations
  • Red Canoe Credit Union (Longview, Wash.) had 225 employees raising funds for six organizations that focus on hunger and homelessness
  • Salal Credit Union (Seattle, Wash.) had 170 employees building 16 wheelchairs for Bridge Disability Ministries.
  • TAPCO Credit Union (Tacoma, Wash.) had 90 employees out in the community committing random acts of kindness
  • Verity Credit Union (Seattle, Wash.) had 90 employees volunteering at six different charities throughout the area

 

Credit unions were founded on seven key cooperative principals, including being socially responsible and committed to education. Volunteering in the community is part of most credit unions’ overall philosophy.  As not-for-profit cooperative financial institutions, credit unions re-invest their earnings in their members and the community around them, in a spirit of cooperation and collaboration.

Save the Date: Credit Union Convention Presents the Latest on Fintech, Artificial Intelligence, the Political Landscape, and More - 09/26/18

Hundreds of Credit Union Movement thought leaders are expected in Tacoma, Washington, Oct. 16-18.

TACOMA, Wash.—What’s at the root of America’s political divide and what will the November midterm elections bring?  How are Artificial Intelligence (AI) and other financial technology (fintech) products making it easier for consumers to obtain financial services? What can credit unions do to help their members navigate the Northwest’s expensive housing markets? These issues headline the Northwest Credit Union Association’s (NWCUA) annual MAXX Convention in Tacoma Oct. 16-18.

The NWCUA is the trade association representing more than 180 credit unions in Idaho, Oregon, and Washington. Those not-for-profit, cooperative credit unions provide leading edge financial services to more than 6.5 million consumers in the region.

Local news coverage is welcome. Here’s a day-by-day breakdown of newsworthy content:

Tuesday, October 16:

  • Why credit unions are winning the hearts and minds of 6.5 million consumers. Troy Stang, NWCUA President and CEO shares the Credit Union Difference message. As not-for-profit cooperatives with no Wall Street stockholders to pay, credit unions invest their earnings right back into members on Main Street. Learn more about the Credit Union Movement. 3:00 pm.

Wednesday, October 17

  • Artificial Intelligence is finding its way into every corner of our lives. Find out what this means to credit union members. Peek at fintech products on the horizon that are making financial institutions more efficient, and helping consumers have 24/7 access to their money. Join us for the Strategic Link Trade Show from 10:00 am – 12:30 pm.
  • What’s at the root of America’s political divide?  Chris Stirewalt, Fox News Channel’s Politics Editor, can provide straight up insight! Stirewalt’s signature style breaks down complex political issues in a way that people can understand and enjoy as he offers astute commentary on the current political climate.  3:30 pm. *
  • Credit Unions for Kids is a national charity that has contributed nearly $200 million to Children’s Miracle Network hospitals. It was founded right here in the Northwest in 1986. To honor that legacy, MAXX Convention will host “New York, New York,” a live auction and dinner expected to raise more than $300,000 for the region’s eight CMN hospitals. Expect lively “bidding wars” and a touching on-stage appearance by our 2018 Miracle Child. 8:00-9:30 pm

Thursday, October 18

  • FinTech and the Global Economy. We can introduce you to some of our business partners who are leading in this space during our Strategic Link Trade Show. 10:00 a.m. – 12:30 pm.
  • Solutions to the housing crisis. We can connect you with Credit Union Movement leaders who are finding solutions in their community. You’re also invited to cover the closing address by award-winning innovator Tyrone Poole, the founder of OneApp, a movement designed to make applying for rental homes easier and more cost efficient. Helping credit unions find affordable housing solutions is a key focus of NWCUA and the Northwest Credit Union Foundation (NWCUF).  3:15 pm.

WHAT: MAXX Convention for Northwest Credit Unions

WHEN:  Oct. 16-18, 2018 Times vary; please visit https://nwcua.org/event/maxx-2018/

WHERE: Greater Tacoma Convention Center, 1500 Commerce St. Tacoma, WA 98402

Please reach out to Lynn Heider for all your coverage needs. lheider@nwcua.org. Call or text (503) 329-7208.

*Coverage of Chris Stirewalt’s address is open to media. No live streaming is permitted, and video clips for later distribution are limited to two minutes in length. Chris is open to one-on-one interviews.

 

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The Northwest Credit Union Association is the not-for-profit trade association representing over 180 credit unions in Idaho, Oregon, and Washington, and their 6.5 million consumer members. Northwest Credit unions are not-for-profit cooperatives, owned by their members. Credit unions help members achieve their financial goals.  All earnings in excess of operating expenses and required reserves are returned to members in the form of lower loan rates, fewer fees and higher interest paid on savings. For information on how to join a credit union, please visit http://www.asmarterchoice.org.