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Carolinas Credit Union Foundation pens letter of thanks to Radebaugh for longtime support

Thursday, June 21, 2018   (0 Comments)
Posted by: Lauren Whaley, Carolinas Credit Union Foundation
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The Carolinas Credit Union Foundation has been fortunate to have the leadership and generosity of John Radebaugh for the last 15 years during his time as president of the Carolinas Credit Union League. When John was hired in 2003, he was named an ex-officio Board member to the Carolinas Credit Union Foundation and has carried out that role right until his retirement on July 1, 2018. John’s work in the Carolinas has been idealistic and unifying as he has helped spearhead countless philanthropic projects that speak directly to our “People helping People” philosophy.

During John’s tenure, credit unions across the Carolinas deepened their relationship with Victory Junction Camp based in Randleman, NC. Over the last 16 years, credit unions have contributed more than $4 million to Victory Junction, building cabins and medical units and funding ongoing upgrades to its facilities. In his role on the Foundation Board, John helped solidify our commitment to exclusively sponsor Victory Junction’s outreach program called Reach. With that 4-year commitment, children and families from every corner of the Carolinas can experience the magic of Victory Junction’s camp during their time at a children’s hospital or Ronald McDonald House, a time when smiling moments are so rare.

Collage of John's time on the Carolinas Foundation Board

The Foundation’s most significant fundraiser for Victory Junction is the Carolinas Cup, a tournament 14-years strong. Under the leadership of CUNA Mutual Group, John and team captains from each state, that single tournament has raised more than $600,000 for Victory Junction. What a remarkable testament to the commitment of our industry to our cooperative principles.

John was also a valiant leader in fully supporting the Carolinas Credit Union Foundation’s revitalization projects at the Levine and Greenville Children’s Hospitals, which have since enhanced the lives of hundreds of thousands of patients and families from across the Carolinas. More than $400,000 was raised for the projects with significant fundraising support and engagement from the League.

John’s energy for the causes he holds dear was perhaps never more apparent than with “Team Little Guy.” For consecutive years, John and “Team Little Guy” runners participated in a two-day relay run in the Blue Ridge Mountains, and in 2010, “Team Little Guy” cyclists rode 230 miles to raise more than $160,000 in support of the “Hope for the Warriors” charity.

In his role on the CO-OP Financial Services Board, departing members are honored with a $10,000 donation to a charity of their choosing for their service to the credit union movement. John selected the Carolinas Credit Union Foundation for his Board Member Honorarium gift, which will be directed to the establishment of the Foundation’s new Community Endowment Fund (more details to come).

As we bid farewell to John, we wish him the very best in his retirement! His support for the philanthropic arm of the credit union industry has been beyond appreciated by not only me, but the entire Foundation Board of Directors. He has provided significant strategic direction in the last year on the Foundation’s Board as we pave a new path for generations to come. And we look forward to the opportunity to work with Dan Schline as he takes up the mantle as League president and ex-officio for the Foundation Board.


With deepest gratitude,

Lauren Whaley
Carolinas Credit Union Foundation

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