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Vote for Miracles Smashes Records
Thursday, December 21, 2017 6:55 AM

Winning hospitals will share in $100,000 on behalf of America’s credit unions, compliments of CO-OP Financial Services and CU Direct

Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals and Credit Unions for Kids yesterday announced the five winners of the 2017 Vote for Miracles campaign. Over the course of three weeks, over 600,000 votes were cast, more than doubling the vote total for last year’s promotion. In addition, members representing more than 3,000 credit unions cast votes during the campaign for local Children's Miracle Network Hospitals at VoteForMiracles.org

The hospitals receiving the most votes are sharing in a $100,000 gift from CO-OP Financial Services and CUDirect on behalf of America's credit unions. 

The votes have been tallied and the top five hospitals are:

1) Hurley Children's Hospital, Flint - Saginaw Bay City, MI  
$50,000
2) Mercy Children's Hospital, Toledo, OH 
$20,000
3) El Paso Children's Hospital, El Paso, TX
$15,000
4) Helen DeVos Children's Hospital, Grand Rapids, MI
$10,000
5) Geisinger Janet Weis Children's Hospital, Danville, PA
 $5,000
 

Thanks to the commitment of credit union members, staff, friends, and family who voted, credit unions have been able to showcase their charitable works to hundreds of thousands of people across the country. 

See the full list of voting results.

“We are grateful beyond words for the powerful display of support for Hurley Children’s, our credit unions and Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals,” said Linda Tracy-Stephens, CMN Hospitals director at the Hurley Foundation. “Because we are so passionate about helping these young children who are victims of physical, sexual, and human trafficking abuse this gift from our credit union partners means the world to us.”

Making the win even sweeter was an additional $20,000 gift on behalf of Dr. Alan Klein, a pediatric dentist on staff at Hurley.

Another key player in Hurley’s success was ELGA Credit Union, which is headquartered in Burton, Mich., just outside of Flint. ELGA was not only the number one credit union choice among voters on the official Vote for Miracles website, but they also helped rally support at the ballot box.

“ELGA Credit Union members and employees are extremely generous when it comes to giving their time, talent, and treasure to a great cause,” said ELGA Executive Vice President Terry J. Katzur. “During the Vote for Miracles campaign, many committed to voting each day and spreading the word to get friends and family involved as well.”

“We congratulate all the credit unions and hospitals who participated in Vote for Miracles this year,” said John Lauck, president and CEO Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals. “It is heartening to see what the credit union community does to ensure the kids treated at our member hospitals get the care they need and deserve.”

In addition to the support of local media outlets, an impressive list of celebrities joined the effort by posting on social media. These included Lady Antebellum, Marie Osmond, Chelsea Clinton, Mark Ruffalo, Miss America 2018 Cara Mund, Bill Engvall, Alli Simpson, and Mark Wills.

The 2017 Vote for Miracles promotion ran from Nov. 28–Dec.19.

About Credit Unions for Kids
Credit Unions for Kids is a nonprofit collaboration of credit unions, chapters, state associations and business partners from across the country that fundraise for local Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals. Adopted as the movement’s charity of choice, credit unions are the third largest sponsor of CMN Hospitals donating over $160 million since 1996. The funds raised benefit the local CMN hospital serving the community.