The second annual Credit Union SacTown Ten-Mile Run—which took place Sunday, April 7 in downtown Sacramento, CA—raised $182,160 for Children’s Miracle Network hospitals in California and Nevada. The event was sponsored by CU Miracle Day, Inc. along with 59 credit unions and credit union businesses including the California and Nevada Credit Union Leagues.
Credit Union SacTown Ten-Mile Run, also designed to increase national awareness of credit unions, took place the same day as the 41st Annual Credit Union Cherry Blossom Ten-Mile Run in Washington D.C., followed by the Credit Union Freedom Runs for troops overseas. Combined, the “Family of Races” raised a total of $483,000 for Children’s Miracle Network hospitals across the country.
Nearly 1,700 runners—including more than 700 credit union employees and members—participated in the Sacramento race, which started and finished in front of the state capitol building, with a $15,000-prize purse awarded. More than 200 credit union staff and members worked the event as volunteers.
“We are quickly building momentum in only our second year,” said SacTown 10 Committee Chairman John Pamer, CEO of Concord, CA-based Diablo Valley Federal Credit Union. “We saw a significant increase in runners, credit union volunteers, legislative participation, and donations to CMN Hospitals. It was a beautiful day for a fun, high-energy, healthy event that showcases credit unions to the general public and the Capitol community. Most importantly, the difference those who participated helped make for the kids will last long after the banners come down.”
Cara Cooper, a St. Francis High School junior who credits treatment she received at UC Davis Children’s Hospital with helping her recover from the H1N1 virus (swine flu), sang the national anthem. Nancy Snider ran the race in honor her of her daughter Laura, who died at age 11 after an arteriovenous malformation—an abnormal connection of blood vessels in the brain—ruptured.
Out of the 161 congressional honorary race chairs from 39 states who registered to compete in the “family of races,” 19 were from California and Nevada, including Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (CA), Nevada Reps. Mark Amodie and Joe Heck, and California Reps. John Garamendi, Doris Matsui, Ami Bera, George Miller, Jackie Speier, Jim Costa, Anna Eshoo, Sam Farr, Buck McKeon, Adam Schiff, Tony Cardenas, Gary Miller, Henry Waxman, Lucille Roybal-Allard, Janice Hahn, and Darrell Issa.
The event kicked off with a craft day and news conference on Friday, April 5 at UC Davis Children’s Hospital in Sacramento, CA. At the event, California and Nevada Credit Union Leagues President and CEO Diana Dykstra and Pamer presented CMN with a check representing the $483,000 raised for children’s hospitals. Vacaville-based Travis Credit Union and Sacramento-based The Golden 1 Credit Union provided piggybanks, coloring books, and live mascots for the children to enjoy.
California Assemblyman Roger Dickinson, who represents the 7th Assembly District, also spoke at the event.
With headquarters in Ontario, CA, the California and Nevada Credit Union Leagues are the trade associations representing the interest of more than 400 credit unions in California and Nevada, and their 10 million members. For more information, go to www.ccul.org.
Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals is an alliance of premier children’s hospitals across North America which treats 17 million critically ill children annually‚ regardless of their ability to pay.
Credit Union Miracle Day‚ Inc.‚ is the title sponsor group of the Credit Union Cherry Blossom Ten Mile Run ®. CUMD is a partnership of credit unions, CUSOs, and partner organizations nationwide that have joined together under the umbrella of Credit Unions for Kids to support Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals by sponsoring the Credit Union Cherry Blossom Ten Mile Run® and the CUMD Family of Races. For more information‚ visit www.miracleday.org.