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Mid-Minnesota Federal Credit Union wins Big Buck contest

Congratulations to Mid-Minnesota Federal Credit Union for racking up the most points during 2013's Big Buck Contest. Each fall Minnesota hunters; credit union employees, volunteers, and spouses of, head into the woods with sights set on taking home the 'big buck' and credit union bragging rights. The highest number of total antler points for the top five deer determine the winner of the contest. With 44 points, Mid-Minnesota won the trophy.

First place Credit Union receives a traveling trophy and makes a $200 donation, the second place team makes a $300 donation, and the third place and remaining teams make a $400 donation to Children's Miracle Network. In 2013, four credit unions participated in the Big Buck contest; Hiway Federal Credit Union, Mid-Minnesota Federal Credit Union, and MinnCo Credit Union and Greater Minnesota Credit Union.

The four participating credit unions donated a total of $1,300 for the kids. In addition, their donation was approved for Co-Op Financials Miracle Match program and the final dollar donated was $2,600.

CU4Kids Blackjack Tournament & Awards

New location - same fun! The CU4Kids committee will once again be hosting a Blackjack tournament and awards ceremony during the Minnesota Credit Union Network Annual Meeting. The 2014 Annual Meeting is being held in a new location; Radisson Blu at the Mall of America!

The Blackjack tournament and awards ceremony will be held on Friday, April 25 with a tentative start time of 7 p.m. Vendors and annual meeting attendees of all skill levels are welcome to participate in the Blackjack tournament!

Once again, this event will have Sponsorship Opportunities! Your sponsorship dollars go directly to Gillette Children's Specialty Healthcare.As a $700 Tournament Sponsor, your logo will be displayed on event flyers. Questions? Contact Dave Engler.

Download the CU4Kids Blackjack Tournament & Awards flyer.

Obstacle mud run coming north of Minneapolis

Support Children's Miracle Network Hospitals at a fun fitness event for the whole family. On May 17, Hard Charge, the televised obstacle mission, will be at Pinehaven farm in Wyoming, Minn. Hard Charge includes a four mile course including over 20 obstacles. Multiple heats offer team or individual events for all fitness levels as well as a teen heat and kids' course. The event will be filmed for a national TV show that airs locally on Fox Sports North.

HARD CHARGE will donate $500 to Children's Miracle Network Hospitals, locally benefiting Gillette Children's Specialty Healthcare for every group of 25 volunteers on CHARGE Day! Bonus - you get a front row seat to all the action & a bunch of cool, FREE stuff:

- CHARGE Crew t-shirt                                - Beverage token

- Access to post-race party                         - Maybe a lil' bit of mud

Registration for the obstacle mission benefit Gillette Children's Specialty Healthcare. Run, walk or volunteer, just don't miss out!

Learn more & sign up at HardCharge or contact Anne at

"Change a Child's Life" coin canisters
CU4Kids now offers coin collection canisters to credit unions free of charge for the Children's Miracle Network. They've also created a web page with resources including suggested Tweets, Facebook postings, articles, and ways to engage your staff, logos, etc. For more information, visit

EVFCU's team takes a polar plunge for Gillette

"We did it," says Roxi Jensen of Embarrass Vermillion FCU. EVFCU formed a team of 9 with a theme of 'Candy Crush Saga' to raise money for Gillette Children’s Specialty Healthcare. During Hoyt Lakes' Cabin Fever Days, six members of the team took a polar plunge. The temperature was -25 degrees.

EVFCU raised $3,000 in pledges, earning their team 1st place for most money raised. Cabin Fever Days is an annual event in Hoyt Lakes with a variety of entertainment for the entire family. Click the link to see our brave jumpers:

CO-OP Financial Services Matching Grant

Double your funds raised for MNCU4Kids! The 2014 Matching Grant application is short and sweet! Please apply for any CU4Kids fundraiser that you are holding in 2014 as soon as possible to increase your chance of receiving a grant.

Thank you for applying!

Our 2014 "MENU" to Make Miracles Happen

See our 2014 Bundle Flyer which lists various ways you can make a difference in a local child's life! Last year, Gillette treated children from every county in Minnesota and every state in the U.S.

Updated reporting form now available

To allow for more accurate record keeping and recording of contributions, MnCU4Kids has updated its reporting form. Credit unions who have forms saved can replace it with the new version. Download it here.

Meet Mitchell

Ask Mitchell what is his favorite thing to do in winter and he'll quickly reply, "Snowboarding!"

Born with spina bifida, this 10 -year-old is learning adaptive snowboarding - a challenge due to lack of feeling in his lower legs. When Mitchell turned 2, his family learned about Gillette Children's Specialty Healthcare. Mitchell's first appointment made a lasting impression. "At Gillette, we could see every specialist we needed in one day," says Kristy Tanquist, Mitchell's mom. "Everyone genuinely connected with, and cared about, Mitchell." Mitchell has received a range of services at Gillette throughout his childhood, including neurosurgery, orthopedic care, and rehabilitation therapy. Today, Mitchell continues to work with his Gillette therapists, who, along with his parents, encourage him to be as independent as possible.

Recent milestones include transitioning from sitting to standing on his own, and walking by himself. He loves knowing he can do what other kids do," says Mitchell's mom. "Snowboarding has been the best experience for Mitchell."

Gillette Children's Specialty Healthcare Launches New Advertising Campaign: 'Moving Forward'

Moving forward. It's what happens every day for patients at Gillette Children's Specialty Healthcare. Whether it's a child's first-ever steps after major surgery, a family finding treatment for their baby's rare condition, or state-of-the-art technology helping surgeons correct a complex disorder, the things some call "miracles" Gillette calls, simply, results.

Read the entire article on the 'Moving Forward' campaign on the Gillette Children's Specialty Healthcare website.


In November the Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals’ Celebration event in Orlando, FL held a Credit Unions for Kids reception. 

The reception was hosted by CO-OP Financial Services. Darlis Clausen, Director of the Children’s Miracle Network department at Gillette, presented Jeff Schwalen with an award for his many years of leadership and support of Gillette through MNCU4Kids.  

In addition to attending the Credit Unions for Kids quarterly Advisory Board meeting at Celebration, Board members attended the Champion’s Medal Ceremony, Champion’s Pin Exchange and an innovative and inspiring “Ignite” Conference.

MnCU4Kids committee

Dave Engler – Hiway FCU • Marlo Hirl – General Mills FCU • Marty Kelly – US Federal CU • Steve Oien – Minnco CU • Steve Ahlness – Greater Minnesota CU • Dick Nesvold – SouthPoint FCU   • Mick Olson – TopLine FCU • Roxi Jensen – Embarrass Vermillion FCU • Brad Larson – Lake State FCU • Marnie Perfetti-Galston – Mid-Minnesota FCU • Megan Primeau – City & County CU • Brianne Meszaros – Royal Credit Union • Darlis Clausen – Gillette Children’s Specialty Healthcare • Becky Holst – Gillette Children's Specialty Healthcare • Becky DeRosia – Gillette Children’s Specialty Healthcare • Stacie Walker – Gillette Children’s Specialty Healthcare • Laura Whittet – Minnesota Credit Union Network • Lindsey Evans – Minnesota Credit Union Network


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