The Foundation had the privilege of hosting the highest awards in the credit union movement on February 24th for the 32nd year in a row. The Herb Wegner Memorial Awards are more than just an awards gala, it’s an event that captures and encompasses what the credit union difference is all about. With this year’s theme of “Rooted in Purpose”, the evening’s awardees served as a reminder of the true purpose of credit unions.
As Executive Director of the Foundation Gigi Hyland said during her opening remarks, “Purpose: It’s a noun – ‘the reason for which something is done’. It’s also a verb – ‘to have as one’s intention or objective’. Purpose is a differentiator for us as a movement. You can feel it here tonight, in this room, the energy and excitement that radiates from you all as we gather to celebrate individuals who have lived and breathed the true purpose of credit unions. It all starts and ends with people.”
This year’s event shattered all previous attendance records with over 1,000 people gathered at the Marriott Marquis in Washington, DC. The Wegner Dinner is not only an awards gala, but the primary fundraising event for the Foundation. Through a text-to-give initiative during the awards dinner, attendees raised over $15,000 to improve people’s financial lives through credit unions. Thank you to all who gave!
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