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Reminder: Portland, Southwest Washington Credit Unions to Make Generous Contribution to OHSU Doernbecher Children's Hospital Today - 02/09/18

"Credit Unions for Kids" donation will help build the Gary & Christine Rood Family Pavilion Guest House

PORTLAND, OR. --Every week, families with children needing specialty healthcare not available in their hometowns, travel from far reaching corners of the region, to OHSU Doernbecher Children's Hospital. That's where the children find hope and often miracles. Their families also need resources--a place to rest, and to get support from hospital staff and other families.

To address those needs, OHSU is building the Gary & Christine Rood Family Pavilion, a guest house for out of town patients' families. Private philanthropy is entirely funding the guest house. This afternoon, credit unions from Portland and Southwest Washington, will donate the funds they raised last fall at the Northwest Credit Union Association's (NWCUA) Run for the Roses auction. All $97,769 raised for OHSU Doernbecher will be earmarked for the guest house. More than 36 regional credit unions and their business partners made the contribution possible.

Since founding the Credit Unions for Kids charity here in 1986, the region's credit unions have contributed millions to fund research, medical supplies, and patient care. Supporting the guest house answers yet another important calling for local credit unions.

"So many families from out of the Portland area need housing when their children are being treated," said Kasey Rockwell, Director of Credit Union Relations at Portland-based USAgencies Credit Union. "Credit unions' people helping people philosophy has done so much to help the kids in the past 32 years, and now we can help their families."

In addition to funds for the guest house, the local credit unions will contribute two, toy-filled Red Flyer Wagons. The wagons are the result of a friendly "bidding war" between Portland-based OnPoint Community Credit Union and Milwaukie-based Advantis Credit Union--all in the interest of benefitting the kids.

"Giving back is the heart and soul of Credit Unions for Kids. it's also a direct reflection of the intent and life-long devotion our credit unions have to the local communities in which we all live and work" says Kelly Schrader, CEO/President of iQ Credit Union. "Helping our youngest and most vulnerable members in a time they need it most is an honor. We cannot think of a more worthy cause than supporting Doernbecher Children's Hospital, a symbol for kindness, generosity, and love -- three things our world can never have too much of."

"Advantis is proud to support the wagon project for young patients at OHSU Doernbecher," added Kyleigh Gill, Advantis Credit Union's Community Relations Manager. "We hope the wagons help to make their stay at the hospital a bit more enjoyable, so they can focus on health and healing."

Media Event
WHAT: Credit Unions Contribute to OHSU Doernbecher
WHEN: Today, February 9, 2018 1:00 P.M.
WHERE: OHSU Doernbecher lobby, 3181 SW Sam Jackson Park Road, Portland, OR 97239
*Media should arrive by 12:45. Please contact Tracy Brawley, OHSU Sr. Media Relations Specialist, brawley@ohsu.ed 503.494.8231

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