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Redwood Credit Union CEO Brett Martinez (holding right corner of check) and Patelco Credit Union CEO Erin Mendez (left corner of check) present $331,000 to UCSF Benioff Children’s Hospital leadership. Photo courtesy of Redwood Credit Union

 Giving Marin founding Partner Redwood Credit Union partnered with Patelco Credit Union to donate more than $330,000 to UCSF Benioff Children’s Hospital. RCU CEO Brett Martinez and Patelco CEO Erin Mendez presented a check to hospital leadership on behalf of the Credit Unions for Kids Wine Auction executive committee. This was one of several donations made to Children’s Miracle Network hospitals throughout California and Nevada.

   The 18th annual Wine Auction, co-chaired by Martinez and California and Nevada Credit Union Leagues’ President Diana Dykstra, raised a record-breaking $1.7 million for the 11 California and Nevada CMN Hospitals. Every dollar goes directly to CMN Hospitals to provide kids and families in local communities with quality medical care. More than 500 guests attended this year’s auction, including representatives from 66 credit unions, business partners and hospitals. It’s the single largest fundraising event for Credit Unions for Kids, generating $14 million since 2006. This year’s event raised more than $1 million for the ninth consecutive year.

   “Having seen first-hand the incredible impact UCSF Benioff Children’s Hospital has on the children and families it serves, we’re honored to support them and other Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals who do life-changing and life-saving work in our communities,” said Brett Martinez, president and CEO of Redwood Credit Union. “Supporting Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals aligns naturally with the credit union philosophy of people helping people.”

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