CU4Kids Wine Auction Raises Record $1.5M

Event co-chairs Geri LaChance, President/CEO of SESLOC FCU and Joan Opp, President/CEO of Stanford FCU, with event’s Miracle Child Mina Longo.

The seventeenth annual California and Nevada Credit Unions for Kids Wine Auction raised a record $1.5 million benefitting the eleven Children’s Miracle Network (CMN) Hospitals in California and Nevada. This is the eighth consecutive year that the event has raised more than $1 million for these hospitals.

The California and Nevada Credit Unions for Kids Wine Auction is the largest single fundraising event for Credit Unions for Kids, having raised more than $12 million since 2006 for CMN Hospitals.  After a two-year hiatus from being a live event due to the pandemic, the wine auction was back in-person at the Ritz-Carlton Laguna Niguel in Dana Point, California. The sold-out event, which took place Friday, March 18, had more than 450 attendees, and was supported by 62 credit unions, business partners, and hospitals.

The event’s theme “Flourish, a Time to Bloom,” set the backdrop for an evening that included fine food, dancing, and both silent and live auctions.  Attendees had the opportunity to bid on more than 500 packages that included bottles of fine wine and spirts, as well as travel getaways.

The event’s very special guest was 12-year-old Miracle Child Mina Longo, a CMN Hospital patient at Rady Children’s Hospital in San Diego, California.  Sharing how the hospital has changed her life, Mina’s charm and her amazing story of strength and courage inspired attendees.

“On behalf of the local children’s hospitals in California and Nevada, Children’s Miracle Network says THANK YOU!,” said Jim Richards, senior market director for CMN Hospitals.  “The Credit Union for Kids Wine Auction has become one of the single largest fundraisers that benefits the CU4Kids program nationally.  Together, CU4Kids, our hospital partners, and CMN Hospitals are changing kids’ health and changing their futures.”

The Title Sponsor for this year’s event was CU Direct, Presenting Sponsor was CO-OP Solutions, and Corporate Sponsors were the California and Nevada Credit Union Leagues, CUNA Mutual Group, and PSCU. 

The 2023 California and Nevada Credit Unions for Kids Wine Auction will take place on Friday, March 10, 2023, at the Ritz-Carlton Laguna Niguel, Dana Point, California.


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