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.

2020 Event Recap

Congratulations to our 2020 Herb Wegner Memorial Award Winners!

The Foundation honored three credit union leaders for Outstanding Individual Achievement

The Foundation Dinner

The Foundation Dinner Presenting the Herb WegnerMemorial 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.

This year’s dinner took place 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.

John Fiore, Wegner Award Winner

2020 Coverage

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

Awards press coverage

Red carpet photos

VIP reception photos

Attendee photos

Awardee photos

2020 Wegner Dinner Red Carpet Visitors

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

Past Recipients of the Herb Wegner Memorial Awards

maurice r. smith

Becoming a Wegner Award recipient is an unparalleled honor in the credit union movement. The award showcases the contributions and commitments of credit union heroes and I am flattered to be mentioned in a similar light as some of these giants in our industry. This is a labor of love. I meant it. To think that we get to help people uplift their lives is a reward unto itself.

Maurice R. Smith, CEO of Local Government Federal Credit Union

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Foundation Philanthropist

AACUL • African-American Credit Union Coalition • Alaska Credit Union League • ALM First Financial Advisors • BECU • California and Nevada Credit Union Leagues • Carolinas Credit Union League • Cornerstone Credit Union Foundation • Corporate One Federal Credit Union • Credit Union Association of New Mexico • CU Solutions Group • CUNA • CUNA Councils • CUNA Mutual Group • CUNA Strategic Services • Fiserv • Gesa Credit Union • Illinois Credit Union League • Kinecta Federal Credit Union • League of Southeastern Credit Unions • Local Government Federal Credit Union • Maine Credit Union League • Metro Credit Union • Mountain West Credit Union Foundation • Northwest Credit Union Foundation • PSCU • PSECU • Redwood Credit Union • State Employees’ Credit Union • Trellance • University Federal Credit Union • Vizo Financial Corporate Credit Union • Vystar 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

Jenni 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.