Credit Union SacTown Run Newsletter - February 2019


California and Nevada Credit Union League

The Credit Union SacTown Run raises funds for Children's Miracle Network hospitals in California and Nevada. The event is sponsored by California and Nevada credit unions and credit union businesses, as well as the California and Nevada Credit Union Leagues and CU Miracle Day, Inc.


CO-OP Financial Services

Travis CU

Xceed Financial CU

Patelco CU

SchoolsFirst FCU

Diablo Valley FCU

Upward CU

CO-OP Financial Services

CU Direct


CUNA Mutual Group

Kinecta FCU

Lucca’s Restaurant

San Diego County CU

Delta Schools FCU

Operating Engineers FCU

To become a sponsor, email

CREDIT UNION SACTOWN RUN  |  Sacramento, CA | April 7, 2019

Read on for the latest happenings and important dates for this year’s event.


Brooklyn Payne

Mark and Melanie Payne movingly shared their story of their daughter, Brooklyn (born at only 25 weeks, weighing 1 pound, 4 ounces), at last year’s news conference. At first, things looked dire for the first child of the Aggie (UC Davis) alums. At two months old, Brooklyn had her first surgery—a Patent Ductus Arteriosus (PDA) ligation to close a hole in her heart. Two eye surgeries followed. The Paynes spent months in the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU) at UC Davis Children’s Hospital.

At the news conference, the couple said Brooklyn was doing well and developmentally on track. They thanked the hospital and its staff for all they did to help their daughter. Mark and seven members of his family later ran in the 5K in the 2018 Run

Baby Brooklyn is now a year and a half old and Melanie says she’s medication-free.

“She’s the strongest little girl I know,” Melanie said. “I tell Mark all the time that she’s my hero. Just everything that she went thru that she will never know she went thru brings me to tears.”

CLICK HERE to view a video of the 2018 SacTown Run, including the Paynes discussing their story.


Sasha suffered a stroke during childbirth. Since she has been living with cerebral palsy and Children’s Hospital Los Angeles has become her second home. From emergency admittance for seizures to check-ups to physical therapy, CHLA has been there every step of the way. She first began designing and painting denim as therapy. Then she started creating custom denim designs to raise funds for CHLA.

On Oct. 13, 2018, for the first time, the 10-year-old’s designs donned a fashion runway, worn by celebrities such as Paris Hilton and actress/singer Victoria Justice. Her foundation, The Sasha Project LA, has raised $35,000 for the Mark Taper-Johnny Mercer Artists Program at CHLA, with a goal of giving thousands of kids like her access to art therapy. Way to give back Sasha.



THANK YOU WALMART FOR YOUR SPONSORSHIP: Once again, two of the top 5 CMN Hospital donors (Walmart and CU 4 Kids) have teamed up to sponsor this year’s Credit Union SacTown Run! Look for event posters in Walmart and Sam’s Club stores from Bakersfield to Oakland. As a sponsor, Walmart is encouraging all of its more than 10,000 employees as well as customers to participate in the CU SacTown Run.


San Diego COunty CU



SchoolsFirst FCU

  San Diego County CU— Last year, Team SDCCU—comprised of 21 employees—traveled to Sacramento to participate in the Run. This event is one of many activities that SDCCU participates in as part of its affiliation with Credit Unions for Kids. “SDCCU is proud to work with credit unions from across the country to support the Children’s Miracle Network hospitals, who provide vital care and services to children who need it most,” said SDCCU President and CEO Teresa Halleck. “This race, along with several other annual activities that take place as part of our affiliation with Credit Unions for Kids, provide credit unions across the state the opportunity to collectively make a huge impact in their communities.”
SchoolsFirst FCU—SchoolsFirst FCU sent two teams of three to the 2018 Run and had two volunteers on the SacTown Run committee. This year, the credit union plans to send another two teams of three as well as have two volunteers on the committee.

California and Nevada credit unions—and business sponsors, we’d love to spotlight your teams too! Please send information and photos to League Media Relations Specialist Tina Ramos-Ingold at


10-Mile Run: $49; Homemade Half Add-on: $30

5K (3.1 mile) Run:
$30; Homemade Half Add-on: $50

    • There are Credit Union and “Political Animal” (for legislators and staff) Team Competitions:

        • 3-Person teams

        • 5K event only

        • First team member to register assigns team name. Subsequent members enter team name to join the team.

        • Winning score is the team with the lowest combined time (sum of all three runners 5K times).

Miracle Run/Walk (open to all ages):

    • Free for kids age 12 and under until April 5; $10 on race day

    • Adults—$10 until April 5; $15 on race day

Click here to register or for detailed race information.

: Rooms are going fast! Make your hotel reservations soon. The host hotel is the Sheraton Grand Sacramento, located at 1230 J Street, just three blocks from the finish line. To book your room, call 916-447-1700.

VOLUNTEERS NEEDED: Volunteers are needed to assist for the 2019 event. Those interested, may contact Sherry Cordonnier at

For more information, contact Deanne Figueras at 909-212-6025 or ../../sactown10/2016/">


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