2011 Credit Union Cherry Blossom Run® Contributions to CMN Hospitals Reach $5 Million During Industry’s Ten-Year Sponsorship

Merry Pateuk                                                                            
PSCU Financial Services, Inc.                                            

Sarah Turner
Credit Union Miracle Day

WASHINGTON, D.C., April 1, 2011 – The 2011 Credit Union Cherry Blossom Ten Mile Run® will be held on Sunday, April 3, 2011. Organizers announced they have raised enough money this year to reach $5 million in total donations to Children’s Miracle Network since the credit union industry began sponsorship of the race 10 years ago.  The run’s prominence on Capitol Hill is illustrated by the 91 Members of Congress (including 19 Senators) who are honorary race chairs, representing over 30 states.

PSCU Financial Services is the lead business partner for the race. “We continue to invest in this event because we believe it is a way to obtain national attention for credit unions while helping children across the country obtain much-needed medical care. Because we underwrite the costs of the event, each credit union’s contributions are returned to local CMN hospitals in their community,” said Chuck Fagan, PSCU Financial Services’ Executive Vice President. He spoke at a press conference held today to promote the event.

“Involvement by credit unions across the country, in terms of volunteers and donations, continues to grow. We are both amazed and appreciative of the generosity demonstrated by credit unions and industry-oriented organizations,” said Juri Valdov, Chairman of Credit Union Miracle Day, the lead sponsor of the event.

The annual race, known as the Runner’s Rite of Spring®, is an international event attracting world class runners from across the globe. The run not only highlights the vital role credit unions play in the U.S. as trusted financial services providers, it also benefits Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals across the country. Children’s Miracle Network hospitals treat more than 17 million critically ill children every year.

The 2010 Credit Union Cherry Blossom Ten Mile Run involved 70 credit unions and 25 business partner organizations and CUSOs representing all 50 states. Nearly 15,000 runners participated in the run, including more than 622 legislators, aides and government employees.

Although the race is run in Washington, DC, runners and others from across the country have donated directly to children’s hospitals using the race’s online giving site

Credit Union Miracle Day, Inc., is a partnership of credit unions, CUSOs and partner organizations nationwide that have joined together under the umbrella of Credit Unions for Kid to support Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals by acting as the lead sponsor for the annual Credit Union Cherry Blossom Ten Mile Run.

About PSCU Financial Services

Based in St. Petersburg, Florida, PSCU Financial Services is the nation’s largest credit union service organization (CUSO) and serves more than 1,500 financial institutions

nationwide. As a non-profit cooperative, the company is owned by more than 680 member credit unions representing 16 million credit, debit, prepaid and online bill payment accounts. Its Contact Centers handle more than 18 million inquiries a year.

PSCU Financial Services offers 24/7 member support through four Contact Centers: its Eastern operations center in St. Petersburg, Fla.; a Western operations center based in Phoenix, Ariz.; and two call centers in Detroit, Mich. These Contact Centers perform member servicing and new member acquisition, cross-selling and automated lending solutions as well as support for debit/credit/prepaid cardholders and online bill payment subscribers.

Established in 1977, the company provides a broad array of cost-effective, high quality financial services that include credit, debit, ATM, prepaid, bill payment, electronic banking and contact center solutions. PSCU Financial Services uniquely offers its members a full range of processing options, any combination from full service to in-house pass through processing for credit, debit and ATM transactions. As a leader in the credit union movement, the company offers gateway access to national and regional networks. It also provides full function ATM terminal driving services. For more information, visit PSCU Financial Services’ website at

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