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.
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.
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.
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:
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).
Past Recipients of the Herb Wegner Memorial Awards
Herb Wegner was a visionary whose tireless dedication, innovative ideas and deeds truly revolutionized the way that credit unions serve their communities.
The awards that bear Wegner’s name recognize credit union leaders whose achievements fulfill the mission of promoting financial freedom for millions of people around the world.
2020See all past Herb Wegner Award Winners
William "Bill" J. Bynum
Sponsored by Vystar Credit Union
CEO of Hope Credit Union
The Cooperative Trust
Sponsored by Filene & PSCU
From Filene Research Institute
Diana R. Dykstra
Sponsored by SchoolsFirst Federal Credit Union
President/CEO of the California & Nevada Credit Union Leagues
Larry Blanchard, CUDE
Sponsored by CUNA Mutual Group
Consultant, Corporate & Legislative Affairs at CUNA Mutual Group
1999 Wegner Award winner
Lois Kitsch, CUDE
Sponsored by Metro Credit Union
2004 Wegner Award winner
Maria Martinez, CUDE
Sponsored by FIS
President/CEO of Border Federal Credit Union
Maurice R. Smith
Sponsored by Civic Federal Credit Union & Local Government Federal Credit Union
CEO of Local Government Federal Credit Union
Sponsored by Suncoast Credit Union
Retired President/CEO of Suncoast Credit Union
2021 Foundation Celebration Sponsors
Thank you to our event sponsors! Their support of the Foundation Celebration makes all the difference.
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
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
Get in touch
For more information on the Wegner Awards Dinner
Contact Jenni Speth, Events & Donor Experience Senior Manager