Wegner Award Winner Teresa Freeborn Smiling at Podium

The Foundation Dinner Presenting the Herb Wegner Memorial Awards

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

Read the 2021 Foundation Celebration Recap

Nominations Open for 2022 Herb Wegner Memorial Awards

The Foundation is now seeking nominations for the 2022 Wegner Awards! We are looking to the credit union movement to nominate some incredible individuals and organizations for the 33rd annual Herb Wegner Memorial Awards to be presented during our fundraising gala on February 28, 2022, in Washington. D.C. The deadline to submit nominations is Friday, July 30, 2021.

Learn more about the qualifications

Download the nomination packet

2022 Wegner Nominations Open

Event Details

2022 Foundation Dinner Presenting the Herb Wegner Memorial Awards

The 33rd annual Foundation Dinner Presenting the Herb Wegner Memorial Awards will return in 2022 and be held in conjunction with CUNA’s Governmental Affairs Conference (GAC).

Date: Monday, February 28, 2022

Location: Marriott Marquis in downtown Washington, D.C.

Additional details, as well as sponsorship and ticket information, will be added in fall 2021.

 

 

2020 Wegner Awards

Hear From a Previous Wegner Award Winner

“Becoming a Wegner Award recipient is an unparalleled honor in the credit union movement,” said Smith. “The award showcases the contributions and commitments of credit union heroes. I am flattered to be mentioned in a similar light as some of the giants in our industry […] this is a labor of love. I mean it. To think that we get to help people uplift their lives is a reward unto itself.” -Maurice Smith, CEO of Local Government Federal Credit Union and 2020 Wegner Award recipient

Maurice Smith 2020 Wegner

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

2021 Foundation Celebration Sponsors

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


Presenting Sponsor

  • visa logo

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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Get in touch

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.