First American to raise money for Children’s Miracle Network

BELOIT, Wis.—It’s time to think pink—and help sick or injured children by supporting Children’s Miracle Network (CMN). First American Credit Union kicked off its annual Chain of Hearts fund-raising campaign for CMN on Feb. 2.

Those who donate to the CMN through the campaign will write their name or the name of a loved one on the Chain of Hearts displayed in First American’s lobbies. Paper “links” bearing the names sell for $1 each; paper hearts sell for $5 each, and 100 percent of proceeds go to Children’s Hospital of Wisconsin. The campaign runs through Feb. 28.

“I am fortunate enough to have two beautiful, healthy grandchildren as my valentines,” said Tom Barnes, president & CEO of First American. “Every year I donate to the Chain of Hearts for other grandchildren that may not be so fortunate. The Chain of Hearts is just one way First American lives the credit union philosophy of ‘people helping people.’”

First American’s Chain of Hearts is part of a statewide fund-raising effort for CMN by more than 300 Wisconsin credit unions. Nationwide, as part of the “Credit Unions for Kids” program, credit unions and their trade associations raise more than $5.6 million each year in support of the charity. Annually, more than 17 million children receive help through CMN hospitals.

CMN hospitals serve families regardless of their ability to pay, and treats children with all types of afflictions including cancer, accidents, muscle and heart diseases, AIDS, cystic fibrosis and trauma. Funds provide charity care, special treatment programs, research and equipment, and go to the CMN-affiliated hospital nearest where funds are raised.

First American Credit Union is a member-owned financial cooperative serving anyone who lives or works in northern Winnebago County, western Walworth County, Wis., Green County, Wis., and Rock County, Wis. Four branch offices are located in Beloit, Janesville and Rockton. Founded in 1933, the credit union has more than $115 million in assets and serves almost 17,000 members.

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