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The National Credit Union Foundation Celebration

Celebrating the true purpose of our movement & those who work tirelessly to improve it.

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The 2021 National Credit Union Foundation Celebration

The 2021 Foundation Celebration was a resounding success! The virtual fundraising event was an uplifting evening spent with past Wegner Award winners to celebrate all the great work credit unions have been doing during the pandemic. Thank you to everyone who attended and we look forward to seeing you again soon.

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Event Details

The Foundation Celebration

The Foundation Celebration took place on Tuesday, March 2, 2021 in conjunction with CUNA GAC. This year’s virtual fundraising event was an uplifting evening spent with past Wegner Award winners to celebrate all of the great work credit unions have been doing during the pandemic.

The Foundation Celebration was presented by Visa, a proud supporter and advocate for the Foundation and for credit unions. Throughout the evening, participants were asked to text to give to make an impact. The Foundation is so thankful for the generosity of our movement, and so far $6,000 has been raised to improve people’s financial lives through credit unions.

We hope all who attended had a wonderful time hearing from industry pioneers, and we loved seeing all your images on social media! We hope to see you all in person next year.

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Why Attend a Foundation Event?

When you attend a Foundation event, you are supporting the National Credit Union Foundation and our mission to improve people’s financial lives through credit unions. People need credit unions now more than ever, and the Foundation exists to help credit unions put their best foot forward to meet members where they are in life. The Foundation enhances the work of credit unions through grants and resources to put financial well-being at the center of their strategy, training and tools to empower a culture of living their values and mechanisms to facilitate disaster relief efforts.

Credit unions and the Foundation have a shared purpose and together, we are truly boundless.

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2020 Event Coverage

The Foundation Dinner Presenting the Herb Wegner Memorial Awards is the primary fundraising event for the Foundation. As one of our pillars of work, it also serves to inspire attendees to remember the reasons why our credit union movement is special and the impact we have upon people’s financial lives.

The last Wegner Awards Dinner occurred on February 24th, 2020 at the Marriott Marquis in Washington, DC. It shattered all previous attendance records with over 1,000 credit union people gathering to celebrate our awardees, the credit union difference and the Foundation.

Catch-up on all the action from the 2020 Foundation dinner:

Awards press coverage

Red carpet photos

VIP reception photos

Attendee photos

Awardee photos

John Fiore, Wegner Award Winner

In Honor of Herb Wegner

Since 1989, the Foundation has presented the Herb Wegner Memorial Awards, which are often referred to as the “Academy Awards” of the credit union movement. The awards are named in honor of the late Credit Union National Association (CUNA) CEO Herb Wegner, whose tireless dedication, innovative ideas and deeds truly revolutionized the ways that credit unions serve their communities.

These awards are the credit union movement’s highest national honors and celebrate individuals and programs that put belief into action. Their achievements fulfill the mission of promoting financial freedom for millions of people around the world.

The awards are presented each year at a special event in conjunction with the CUNA Governmental Affairs Conference (GAC).

Herb Wegner Speaking on stage

Celebration Awardee Spotlights

The Foundation Celebration will provide an opportunity to catch up with some of our favorite industry pioneers & past Wegner Award winners including:

  • Bill Bynum Headshot

    William "Bill" J. Bynum

    Sponsored by Vystar Credit Union

    CEO of Hope Credit Union

    2016 Wegner Award winner

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    The Cooperative Trust

    Sponsored by Filene & PSCU

    From Filene Research Institute

    2017 Wegner Award winner

  • Diana Dykstra

    Diana R. Dykstra

    Sponsored by SchoolsFirst Federal Credit Union

    President/CEO of the California & Nevada Credit Union Leagues

    2019 Wegner Award winner

  • Larry Blanchard

    Larry Blanchard, CUDE

    Sponsored by CUNA Mutual Group

    Consultant, Corporate & Legislative Affairs at CUNA Mutual Group

    1999 Wegner Award winner

  • lois kitsch

    Lois Kitsch, CUDE

    Sponsored by Metro Credit Union

    Co-founder, CUDifference

    2004 Wegner Award winner

  • Maria Martinez

    Maria Martinez, CUDE

    Sponsored by FIS

    President/CEO of Border Federal Credit Union

    2017 Wegner Award winner

  • Maurice Smith

    Maurice R. Smith

    Sponsored by Civic Federal Credit Union & Local Government Federal Credit Union

    CEO of Local Government Federal Credit Union

    2020 Wegner Award winner

  • Tom dorety

    Tom Dorety

    Sponsored by Suncoast Credit Union

    Retired President/CEO of Suncoast Credit Union

    2012 Wegner Award winner

2021 Foundation Celebration Sponsors

Thank you to our event sponsors! Their support of the Foundation Celebration makes all the difference.


Presenting Sponsor

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Ignite Sponsor

  • coop financial services logo

Inspire Sponsors

Bellco Credit Union • Civic Federal Credit Union & Local Government Federal Credit Union • Coastal Credit Union • CUNA • CUNA Mutual Group • Filene & PSCU • FIS • MasterCard • Metro Credit Union • Patelco Credit Union • Schools First Federal Credit Union • Suncoast Credit Union • Vystar Credit Union • Zest AI

Respond Sponsors

Alaska USA Federal Credit Union • Alloya Corporate Federal Credit Union • BECU • California & Nevada Credit Union Leagues • CSS • Defense Credit Union Council • Elevations Credit Union • Hiway Credit Union • Illinois Credit Union League & LSC • Lake Trust Credit Union • Mountain West Credit Union Foundation • Northwest Credit Union Association • Open Lending • Trellance • University Federal Credit Union • Wisconsin Credit Union League

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For more information on the Wegner Awards Dinner

Contact Jenni Speth, Events & Donor Experience Senior Manager

Jenni Speth

Jennifer Speth, CUDE

Events & Donor Experience Senior Manager

Jenni manages the planning and execution of all Foundation major events and works directly with the Engagement Director to enhance donor experiences.