2023 saw the 14th year of the Credit Union for Kids (CU4Kids) Golf Classic, hosted by Tennessee credit unions, US Community and Enbright. Over the past fourteen years, the CU4Kids Golf Classic has raised over $650,000 with funds going directly to Monroe Carell Jr. Children’s Hospital at Vanderbilt in Nashville. With the mission of serving as a resource that is responsive to the community while creating a special environment for children and their families made Monroe Carell and CU4Kids a worthy cause for the yearly fundraiser.
In 2009, the CEOs of US Community and Enbright Credit Union collaborated with other credit unions to determine which non-profit was a suitable recipient of a fundraiser. Finding a non-profit organization that supports credit union’s mission of people helping people and is relatable for both members and community members was important. CU4Kids embodies the principal of people helping people, supporting patients health along with financial and emotional well-being. Staff from credit union’s loved to golf, hence the CU4Kids Golf Classic came into being. Ben Johnson, current President and CEO of US Community Credit Union stated “US Community Credit Union’s support of the Childrens Miracle Network benefiting Monroe Carell, is one of my favorite ways we accomplish giving back to our community.”
In it’s inaugural year, the Golf Classic had roughly 16-18 teams and raised over $10,000. Over the years, the funds raised by the Classic have helped Monroe Carell to add floors, renovate a cancer wing, create an inpatient pediatric rehabilitation facility, and so much more. Taking place in August of each year, the CU4Kids Golf Classic has come to be a very successful fundraising event, drawing in teams from over 18 credit unions across the state of Tennessee and corporate sponsors from across the United States. From the start of the fundraiser 14 years ago, the goal has been to make it a unique experience for all participants. Kicking off planning for the event around January, the committee works hard to put together unique ideas for mini fundraisers to do during the Classic that will encourage the spirit of giving and give participants something to remember.
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