by Kayla Pulvermacher, Foundation Director
Not even rain could stop the 5th annual Dakota Credit Union Foundation Golf Scramble that was held last Thursday, August 26th. Despite some ominous clouds and thunderstorms moving through Bismarck early that morning, the weather cooperated just enough so that our event could go on as planned.
Credit union leaders had gathered from across North Dakota and South Dakota to hear from Jim Nussle in Bismarck on Wednesday, then stayed to support our charitable foundation. 17 teams gathered at Apple Creek Country Club outside of town to raise dollars for the foundation, and to participate in the first Play Yellow event in North Dakota – which is a collaboration between the golf world and Children’s Miracle Network (CMN) Hospitals to raise money for hospitals within the region.
While the final numbers are still being tallied, preliminary numbers show the golf outing netted just over $8,000 (after expenses) for our foundation! The “Play Yellow” donations are approaching $3,000 and with our CO-OP Financial Services Miracle Match, it looks like we will be donating $6,000 to Sanford Children’s Hospital in Fargo! Once the numbers are finalized, we will be sure to provide the exact amounts, but we are very excited with these outstanding early results!
As for the golf outing, even though conditions were overcast, a bit windy, and the temperature’s chilly, the top teams were in a three-way tie for the last four holes. How do we know? Because the scramble utilized live scoring through GolfStatus, a service offered to those golf events raising money for CMN! In the end, First Place went to First Community Credit Union and second place went to Railway Credit Union.
Along with the Bismarck events, the foundation board also gathered on Wednesday to meet in-person for the first time as a full board. During their meeting, they held a “strategy refresher” to reinforce their work together and to reach consensus on a strategy going forward. As part of that strategy, the board agreed to focus on financial wellness programs, community and disaster relief grants, and secondary education programs. A survey will also be sent out to CEOs to get more input on what they would like to see the foundation focus on in the future.
Up next, the Dakota Credit Union Foundation is looking forward to more “FUN-draising” events during the New Ideas Conference October 4 – 6 in Rapid City. We hope to see you there!
Shown are Foundation board members L to R: April Tompkins, Explorers FCU; Katie Dressler, First Community CU;
Jane Duerre, Norstar FCU; Abby Murano, Dakotaland FCU; Darla Schafer, Flasher Community CU; Jim Schaefbauer,
United Savings CU; Keith Mantz, Capital CU; and Kayla Pulvermacher, Foundation Director. Please visit the newly updated Foundation page on the DakCU website for more information.
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