June 21, 2006

Contact: Barbara Lemaire (505) 277-5628

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

The Credit Union Association of New Mexico hosted its Second Annual Silver Star Golf Classic and Gala. The proceeds will benefit UNM Children's Hospital Pediatric Emergency Room in the new Pavilion, scheduled to open April 2007.

Senator Kent L. Cravens and his wife Melanie, Annette DiLorenzo-Thayer and Murray Thayer, and Steve McKernan, CEO of UNM Hospitals, were a few of the almost 250 people in attendance. The Credit Union leadership from throughout the state, and supporters of UNM Children's Hospital, made the Silver Star Golf Classic and Gala a very successful event. According to Sylvia Lyon, President and CEO of The Credit Union Association of New Mexico, "This year's event will raise even more money than the first year. We are very pleased. If we didn't have the great commitment from the credit unions, it wouldn't have been possible."

The Credit Union Association of New Mexico has pledged $1 million dollars, to be raised over the next five years, to benefit UNM Children's Hospital. The credit union philosophy of "people helping people" has raised more than $40 million dollars nationally for the 170 Children's Miracle Network hospitals in North America.

Children's Miracle Network's "Credit Unions for Kids" program is endorsed by nearly all of the 50 state credit union leagues and is the charity of choice for America's credit union movement for one simple reason -100 percent of all funds raised go to the local Children's Miracle Network hospital.

As one of the charter members of Children's Miracle Network, UNM Children's Hospital continues to build a strong relationship with our Credit Union Association and many of the credit unions throughout New Mexico. Michelle Bishop-Couch, the Director for Children's Miracle Network at UNM Children's Hospital, said, "We are grateful to the credit unions because their involvement highlights to the community the necessity for additional resources to fund the latest medical equipment and programs such as Child Life at UNM Children's Hospital."