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CU Miracle Day Honored With Wegner Award

Feb 27, 2013 by Lewis Wood

Credit Union Miracle Day, the credit union organization that raises funds for Children's Miracle Network Hospitals through a family of road races, has won the Wegner Award for Outstanding Program.

25th Annual Dinner Held in Conjunction with CUNA GAC

Emcee Denise Gabel and National Credit Union Foundation Chairman Laida Garcia look on as Juri Valdov, Credit Union Miracle Day Chairman, speaks after accepting the Wegner Award for Outstanding Program.
Emcee Denise Gabel and National Credit Union Foundation Chairman Laida Garcia look on as Juri Valdov, Credit Union Miracle Day Chairman, speaks after accepting the Wegner Award for Outstanding Program.

Washington, D.C. – The National Credit Union Foundation (NCUF) presented three Herb Wegner Memorial Awards at its annual dinner Monday night. Denise Gabel, Chief Operating Officer of the Northwest Credit Union Association, served as the night’s emcee.

The National Credit Union Foundation Dinner Presenting the Herb Wegner Memorial Awards celebrated three of the highest national honors in the credit union movement:

  • Lifetime Achievement: Rick Craig, retired President/CEO of America First Federal Credit Union
  • Individual Achievement: Hubert H. Hoosman, Jr. President/CEO of Vantage Credit Union
  • Outstanding Program: Credit Union Miracle Day

Click here to learn more about this year’s award winners.

Hubert Hoosman
Hubert Hoosman, President/CEO of Vantage CU, speaks after accepting the Wegner Award for Individual Achievement.
Rick Craig Wegner Award for Lifetime Achievement
National Credit Union Foundation Chairman Laida Garcia and Vice Chairman John Radebaugh present Rick Craig, retired President/CEO of America First FCU, with the Wegner Award for Lifetime Achievement.

“I am appreciative of the support and guidance that senior managers and the rest of the America First FCU team gave in insuring that we focused on the needs of the membership, especially during the Great Recession,” said Craig after accepting his award. “What lawmakers permit or prohibit will be the rules under which credit unions will operate so please become advocates for credit unions with Congress and state legislatures. Your credit union and its ideals are worth fighting for.”

This year’s winners will join an elite group of 49 individuals and 23 organizations whose efforts over the past 25 years have earned them the recognition of Herb Wegner Memorial Awards. Over 830 credit union leaders and supporters attended the event held in conjunction with CUNA’s Governmental Affairs Conference (GAC).
About the Herb Wegner Memorial Awards:
The awards are named in honor of the late Credit Union National Association CEO Herb Wegner, whose tireless dedication, innovative ideas and deeds truly revolutionized the ways that credit unions serve their communities.  The awards that bear Wegner’s name recognize his spirit of “innovative, creative, risk-taking” leadership. View past award recipients here.

About the National Credit Union Foundation (ncuf.coop):
The National Credit Union Foundation is the US credit union movement’s primary national philanthropic program provider, fundraiser and grant-maker, working to help consumers achieve financial freedom through credit unions. Through NCUF grants and programs, credit unions provide widespread financial education, create greater access to affordable financial services, and empower more consumers to save, build assets, and own homes.

NCUF is funded primarily by investments in the award-winning Community Investment Fund (CIF) and by generous Corporate Supporters led by the Credit Union National Association and CUNA Mutual.  All NCUF donors provide support that empowers NCUF and state credit union foundations to make financial freedom achievable through credit unions.
The National Credit Union Foundation is a 501(c)(3) tax-exempt charitable organization. NCUF continues to earn the Better Business Bureau seal of approval as an “Accredited Charity” for meeting all 20 BBB Wise Giving Alliance Standards for national charities.

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