Credit Union SacTown Run Newsletter - February 2020

Read on for the latest happenings and important dates for this year’s event—as well as a spotlight on credit unions teams and the wonderful things your sponsorships provide.



In this edition, we take a closer look at three runners from Team OE Federal: Branch Manager Carmel Sangco, Information Security Specialist Russell, and VP of Member Services Christina Boyd, who has a special connection with children’s hospitals.

OE Federal Credit Union team at the 2019 SacTown Run, featuring Russell A (far left in front row), Christina Boyd (No. 1275) in the middle of the front row; and Carmel Sangco (right behind Russell in second row with dark sunglasses). 


Carmel Sangco

City of residence: Elk Grove, CA

When did you start participating in the Credit Union SacTown Run? Since OE Federal Credit Union started participating in 2014. I have completed the 10-mile, relay, and multiple 5K races.

Do you participate in any other running events? For how long? My fitness journey started in 2011 when I completed my very first half at the Rock -N- Roll Marathon in San Diego. Also have done Shamrock half in Sacramento and I love to get my friends out of their comfort zone by participating in numerous 5K, 10K, and Mud Runs. As of 2015 I primarily participate in other endurance races/challenges such as Spartan Race and Go Ruck events –which is rooted in Special Forces military training and team building. I also enjoy hiking.

What do you like most about running? Being involved in anything fitness related is the best way to alleviate stress AKA the cheapest form of therapy.

What do you like most about participating in the Credit Union SacTown Run? I’m a sucker for charity—most events I participate in benefit one or more charitable organizations. Being physically able is a blessing and I’m willing to go through the ringer to help others. No matter the size of the impact, making a difference matters!


Russell A

City of residence: Livermore, CA

When did you start participating in the Credit Union SacTown Run?  Started in 2014 and haven't missed one yet.

Do you participate in any other running events? For how long?  I ran the Disney Run Thor 10K once and the Spartan Sprint once.

What do you like most about running?  I enjoy the change of scenery from my norm and the rush you get from running against yourself and/or other people.

What do you like most about participating in the Credit Union SacTown Run?  What I like the most about SacTown run is that it is benefiting the Children’s Miracle Network and I also get to hang out with my work family at a more relaxed environment.


Christina Boyd

City of residence: Castro Valley, CA

When did you start participating in the Credit Union SacTown Run?  Started in 2012.

Do you participate in any other running events? For how long?  I’ve been running for nine years. I’ve done the Half Moon Bay Pumpkin Run, RunDisney Half Marathon, Hook and Ladder Run, Nike Women’s Marathon SF, Mermaid Run SF, and Napa Valley Women’s Half         

What do you like most about running?  Running is hard. It can be difficult to find the strength and drive to commit on a regular basis. The mental games, the physical struggles, and time commitment always waivers. Training for a race is where you get comfortable being uncomfortable. Running has taught me a lot about myself; you can do more and push yourself further than your mind tells you. But I love the feeling I have after I finish a race, an incredible sense of accomplishment, and that keeps me coming back for more.

What do you like most about participating in the Credit Union SacTown Run?  One of my sons needed surgery at two weeks old. Having the right care at a Children’s Hospital helped his father and I feel comfortable and confident that he would be OK. When I first learned SacTown raised money for Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals through CU for Kids, I took it as a sign. It incorporates my love for credit unions, my passion for running, and a way to support an organization that has given to me and my family.

California and Nevada credit unions—and business sponsors, we’d love to spotlight your teams and runners too! Please send information and photos to League Media Relations Specialist Tina Ramos-Ingold at



Bakersfield Memorial Hospital CMN Champion Carson used several pieces of equipment purchased with the help of CMN funds.


Carson's parents had been trying for quite some time to have their rainbow baby.  Finally, they found out they were going to have a baby boy.  However, Carson came unexpectedly a little more than three months premature and weighed in at only two pounds. 

He had quite a journey while he spent the first 74 days of life in the Lauren Small Children’s Center Neonatal ICU. Carson's parents support the Children’s Miracle Network because they know firsthand the lifesaving care Carson received at Bakersfield Memorial Hospital. They are forever grateful to all of the NICU nurses who cared for their little Miracle!

NOTE: Carson used all of the following equipment during his stay and it was all purchased by CMN funds: transport oscillator (when transported from Mercy SW to Memorial NICU); Hamilton G5 ventilator (we are trying to fund five of these this year at our 12/11 Giveathon—Credit Unions for Kids are sponsors!); Isolette; Bili lights; developmental support supplies; Sleep Sack; and Micro-Preemie Diapers.

The hospital held its 2019 Children’s Miracle Network Giveathon in December. Credit Unions for Kids served as a sponsor, according to Bakersfield Memorial Hospital Lauren Small Children’s Center Manager of Philanthropy/Children’s Miracle Network Hospital Program Director Robin Woodward.  It was hoping to raise $10,000—which would go, in part, to fund five additional Hamilton G5 ventilators. The event raised $11,409!





A message from UC Davis Health Sciences Development and Alumni Relations Executive Director of Development Jacquelyn Miller on this year's CMN Friendship Invitational to benefit UC Davis Children's Hospital:

Our terrific golf committee is being led once again by credit union alums Esther M. Klein and Patsy Van Ouwerkerk.  We cannot thank you enough for the support over the years in continuing our mission to serve the sick and injured children in our region.  Please join us and our presenting partners—Miracle Sponsors Kitchell and COOP Financial Services—and our media partners, ABC10 and KHITS Radio, to the festivities this year.  This event kicks off CMN Miracle Week and concludes with the Credit Union SacTown Run on Sunday, April 5!

Festivities begin Thursday, April 2 at the beautiful El Macero Country Club in Davis.  Registration and breakfast begin at 9 a.m., along with a welcome gift provided by CMN.  Fun, food, and competition are on the course and players will be vying for the Credit Unions for Kids and New York Life Competitive Cups!

Be sure to step up and purchase your CMN Champion package when you arrive –$100 gets you into the Champion Village to get your swag on and your on-course gear!  All games are included with great prizes and $$ to be made!  We could not do this without all the amazing partners and new friends who are joining us this year to make miracles for the kids!

It's all for the kids - we raised over $75K last year thanks to you and your efforts!

Thank you again to our early partners: ABC10, KHITS Radio, Kitchell, CO-OP Financial Services, Miller Hot Dogs, Walmart, Taco Bell, Hot Dog on a Stick, Markstein, Costco, NY Life, and Golden 1 CU.  We hope we can count on you too! 

The deadline for sponsorships is March 13 to be included in the program. The deadline for golfers is March 20. For more information, click here.





We express our sincere condolences to Children’s Miracle Network (CMN) Hospitals for the recent passing of its president and CEO John Lauck on Feb. 7 due to complications from a tragic bike accident. He was a tireless advocate for CMN and its mission to help save children's lives--and will be missed. A statement from CMN offered brief comments from CMN Hospitals Board of Trustees members Bill Cheney (CEO of SchoolsFirst FCU) and Todd Clark (CEO of CO-OP Financial Services):

Bill Cheney: “John’s passing is a tremendous loss for our network; he will be missed by many. For nine years, he has lead CMN Hospitals to incredible fundraising growth. What’s most impressive is he has done it by always keeping the important mission of saving kids’ lives at the center of everything our network does. John was a great advocate for the credit union industry, ensuring a spot at the table for representatives to sit on national boards.”

Todd Clark: “CMN Hospitals and Credit Unions for Kids will honor John’s legacy by continuing to raise funds for children’s hospitals across North America. John created a culture within this network that when we can Change Kids Health, we can Change the Future. CO-OP Financial Services joins Credit Unions for Kids in their effort to raise critical funds for kids in need.”

On Feb. 11, longtime CMN Hospitals executive Teri Nestel was named interim president and CEO and will lead the organization through the transition to a permanent CEO. Nestel had been serving as CMN chief administration officer.



Please note: Fees have increased slightly now that Early Registration is past. Below are the fees until March 20. Register today!

10-Mile Run—$53; Homemade Half Add-on: $41

5K Run—$39; Homemade Half Add-on: $55

There are Credit Union and “Political Animal” (for legislators and staff), team competitions, and the Miracle Mile for all ages!

Team Competitions are open for 3-Person teams participating in the 5K.  The first team member to register assigns team name. Subsequent members enter team name to join the team. The winning score is the team with the lowest combined time (sum of all three runners 5K times). 

Miracle Mile—open to all ages! Free for kids age 12 and under until April 3; $10 on April 4 and 5; adults—$10 until April 3; $15 on April 4 and 5

Click here to register.


Volunteers are still needed to assist for the 2020 event.  Those interested may contact Dawn Irvine at





We would like credit unions and business sponsors with social media channels to use them to showcase their involvement in this year's event. It’s also a good way to promote the cause as well as the credit union difference (“People Helping People”), and it will provide consistent branding of the event in social media. In that vein, we are encouraging credit union and Run sponsors to …

Use the following hashtag in all your social media posts: #CUSacTownRun. 

If it’s possible, tag CU4Kids (@CU4Kids), CMN (@CMNHospitals), and the CMN hospital your credit union is supporting (example: @CMNatUCDavis) as well as the Sacramento Running Association (@runSRA_CIM).

Incorporate images in your posts. Share candid photos of team members before the race. Post photos of your team members running or walking during the event. Afterward, post a group photo of your team. NOTE: If needed, get permission from those in the photos—especially if there are non-employees on your team—before you post. If you have any participants who are minors, make sure to have permission forms signed by parents/guardians before posting on social media.

If you don’t have photos or don’t wish to use them, please use the CU SacTown Run logo.

Use video. Show your team preparing for the race. Highlight either pre-Run dinner events or “behind-the-scenes” moments before the Run. Showcase some of your team’s runners via short interviews. Don’t forget the hashtag and tags, of course.

Inspire your team members to post photos of their involvement with the Run. Please tell them to not forget the hashtag and tags. Make sure your credit union shares or retweets those posts—if appropriate.

EXAMPLE OF POSTS—these could be used as templates:

NAME OF CREDIT UNION/COMPANY staff/team members/employees prepping for the #CUSacTownRun on April 5. Great cause—helping to save children’s lives. @CMNHospitals @CU4Kids.

Heading to Sacramento for the #CUSacTownRun (today/this Sunday). Been training hard and it’s all for @CMNHospitals. @CU4Kids @runSRA_CIM

It was so much fun (such an honor) to participate in the #CUSacTownRun today (on Sunday). Thanks to all (NAME OF CREDIT UNION/COMPANY) staff (employees/team members) who walked, ran, donated, or volunteered to help kids in need by supporting @CMNHospitals. @CU4Kids @runSRA_CIM

NAME OF CREDIT UNION is proud to be a part of this year’s #CUSacTownRun, along with our fellow CUs, @golden1cu, @TravisCU, @PatelcoPays. … Helping to save lives! @CMNHospitals @CU4Kids.

NAME OF CREDIT UNION/COMPANY is a proud sponsor of the #CUSacTownRun on April 5. Good luck to all the walkers and runners. Thanks for supporting @CMNHospitals! @CU4Kids @runSRA_CIM



Due to the legislative calendar, the 2020 California Credit Union League Government Relations Rally (GRR) will be held April 13 and 14--a week after the SacTown Run. Please make a note of that change if you’re planning on participating in both events, which we hope you will be! 



The run’s host hotel is the Hyatt Regency Sacramento, located at 1209 L Street Sacramento, California, USA, 95814.  For more information, click here




Your sponsorship directly helps those most vulnerable among us—our kids—right here in California and Nevada. We hope kids like Carson can count on you as a sponsor this year.

Click on the links below to sign on as a 2020 CU SacTown Run credit union or business partner sponsor, and email your form to Deanne Figueras at or call 909-212-6025.


The Credit Union SacTown Run raises funds for Children's Miracle Network hospitals in California and Nevada. The event is sponsored by California and Nevada credit unions and credit union businesses, as well as the California and Nevada Credit Union Leagues.


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