Wine Auction Raises Record $1.4 Million for CMN Hospitals

2019 Wine Auction
Nader Moghaddam, event chair and CEO of Financial Partners CU, with special guest Jordin Jackson, whose mother works for Financial Partners CU.

The 14th annual California and Nevada Credit Unions for Kids Wine Auction raised a record $1.4 million for the 11 Children’s Miracle Network (CMN) Hospitals in California and Nevada.  This is the fifth consecutive year that the event has raised more than $1 million for these hospitals.

The sold-out event, which took place Friday, March 22 at the Ritz-Carlton Laguna Niguel in Dana Point, CA, had 500 attendees, and was supported by 67 credit unions, business partners, and hospitals. It is the largest single fundraising event for Credit Unions for Kids, having raised more than $8.5 million since 2006 for CMN Hospitals.

“Through the incredible efforts and generosity of our sponsors, donors, and volunteers, we’ve eclipsed $1 million in donations for a fifth straight year in support of the eleven Children’s Hospitals in California and Nevada,” said Nader Moghaddam, event chairman and CEO of Financial Partners CU.  “Actively supporting Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals is important to credit unions, and we are very pleased to be helping this great organization and the children they serve in our communities.”

The event’s theme “Casablanca,” 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 550 packages that included bottles of fine wine, travel getaways, and concerts.

The 2019 California and Nevada Credit Union For Kids Wine Auction attracted 500 attendees, and was supported by 67 credit unions, business partners, and hospitals.  


The event’s very special guest was 11-year-old Jordin Jackson, a CMN Hospital patient at Children’s Hospital of Orange County (CHOC) in California.  Sharing how CHOC has changed her life, Jordin’s charm and her amazing story of strength and courage inspired attendees. Since birth, Jordin has battled sickle cell disease, an inherited condition that afflicts approximately 100,000 people in the U.S., and can cause tremendous pain, chronic anemia, serious infections, and damage to organs.

Jordin loves to educate, help raise awareness, and comfort others who suffer with illnesses. Since the age of four she has been raising awareness and funds for the children’s hospital by serving as a CMN miracle kid. In 2016-2017 she was the CMN Champion for California, traveling to Washington D.C. and Florida, representing all of California children’s hospitals. In 2017 she served as the ambassador for the CHOC Walk presented by the Disneyland Resort. Through her continued efforts and dedication, Jordin has raised more than $150,000 for CMN Hospitals. Jordin’s mom, Karen Wilson, is an employee of Financial Partners CU.

The event's vehicle raffle raised more than $70,000, with the winner having the choice of a new car or new Harley Davidson motorcycle, each valued at $25,000, or $25,000 in cash.  The raffle was sponsored by CU Direct. The winner, Korinn Dolkas from Mission FCU, opted for the cash prize. 

Pledges totaling $55,750 were made in support of a special performance by Blues Brothers, starring Wescom CU CEO Darren Williams and SchoolsFirst FCU CEO Bill Cheney, and produced by Moghaddam and CU Direct President and CEO Tony Boutelle.

SchoolsFirst FCU CEO Bill Cheney and Wescom CU CEO Darren Williams, as the "Blues Brothers" helped raised $55,750. Pledges were made in support of a special performance at the event by the duo.   


The lead Corporate Sponsors of this year’s event were CU Direct, the California and Nevada Credit Union Leagues, CO-OP Financial Services, and CUNA Mutual Group.  As a result of the efforts and contributions of each of these organizations, as well as the event’s other sponsors, 100 percent of the money raised will directly benefit CMN Hospitals in California and Nevada.

This year's Credit Unions for Kids Wine Auction Executive Committee, with the benefitting hospital/s in their area, were: Chairperson: Nader Moghaddam, Financial Partners CU (CHOC Children’s; Children’s Hospital Los Angeles); Erin Mendez, Patelco CU (UCSF Benioff Children’s Hospital Oakland); Hank Barrett, Valley First CU (Valley Children’s Hospital); Carrie Birkhofer, Bay FCU (Salinas Valley Memorial Healthcare System); John Cassidy, Sierra Central CU (UC Davis Children’s Hospital); Bill Cheney, SchoolsFirst FCU (CHOC Children’s; Children’s Hospital Los Angeles); Eric Estes, Boulder Dam CU (Renown Children’s Hospital; St. Rose Dominican Hospitals); Teresa Freeborn, Xceed Financial CU (Children’s Hospital Los Angeles); Geri LaChance, SESLOC FCU (Cottage Children’s Medical Center); Brett Martinez – Redwood CU (UCSF Benioff Children’s Hospital Oakland); Keith Sultemeier, Kinecta FCU (Children’s Hospital Los Angeles; CHOC Children’s); Shruti Miyashiro, Orange County's CU (CHOC Children’s); Steve O’Connell, California CU (Rady Children’s Hospital San Diego; CHOC Children’s; Children’s Hospital Los Angeles); Steve Renock, Kern Schools FCU (Lauren Small Children’s Center); Debra Schwartz, Mission FCU (Rady Children’s Hospital San Diego); and Darren Williams, Wescom CU (Children’s Hospital Los Angeles; CHOC Childrens’).

The 2020 California and Nevada Credit Unions for Kids Wine Auction will take place on March 13, 2020, at the Ritz-Carlton Laguna Niguel.

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