Wegner Award Winner Teresa Freeborn Smiling at Podium

The National Credit Union Foundation Celebration

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

March 2, 2021


Register for the 2021 Celebration

The 2021 National Credit Union Foundation Celebration

While we wish we could be in person for 2021, we accept that it wouldn’t be safe. With that, the Foundation has decided not to give out Wegner Awards in 2021 as we want to honor new winners the way they should be, in person with family and friends.

The Foundation is excited to announce that sponsorship and viewing packages are available for purchase for the 2021 Foundation Celebration, a virtual event spotlighting Wegner Award winners of the past.

Register online

Download the PDF form

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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

Event Details

The Foundation Celebration

When: March 2, 2020

Where: Virtual – we are bringing the celebration to you!

Attire: Dress to impress (from the waist up)

The Foundation Celebration provides a a fun “night out” for our movement to get dressed up, experience interviews with some of our favorite past Wegner Award winners with help from emcee Andy Janning, support the National Credit Union Foundation and an opportunity to get re-energized with passion for the difference we make as credit unions.

The Wegner Awards are the highest honors in the credit union system and are given to organizations and individuals whose tireless dedication, innovative ideas and deeds truly revolutionized the ways that credit unions serve their communities. The Foundation Celebration will provide an opportunity to catch up with some of our favorite industry pioneers & past award winners.

Get your sponsorship or viewing package here

Andy Janning

Sponsorship & Viewing Packages

Sponsorship Options

  • INSPIRE– $10,000

Sponsor a Wegner Awardee spotlight

  • RESPOND– $5,000

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Viewing Packages

  • IMPACT – $2,500

Asset size $501M & above

  • ADVOCATE – $1,500

Asset size $51M – $500M OR State Leagues/Foundations

  • PARTNER – $500

Asset size $50M & below

  • INDIVIDUAL – $100
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Why Attend?

When you attend the Foundation Celebration, you are supporting the National Credit Union Foundation. 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.

Learn more about the impact of the Foundation

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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.

Last 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.

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

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Ignite Sponsor

  • coop financial services logo

Inspire Sponsors

Bellco Credit Union • Civic Federal Credit Union & Local Government Federal Credit Union • 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 Credit Union • California & Nevada Credit Union Leagues • CSS • Defense Credit Union Council • Illinois Credit Union League & LSC • Open Lending

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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

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.