Throughout the past several months, the Mountain West Credit Union Foundation has closely monitored the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic, and the guidance provided by health officials, including the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the World Health Organization (WHO).
Following careful consideration and discussions with the Board, we have made the difficult, but necessary, decision to cancel the in-person Star Gala, scheduled for October 23 in Phoenix. The Foundation Awards will be postponed until 2021.
As you know, the event is one of our largest fundraisers of the year, and its cancellation will cause a large deficit to the Foundation’s budget. To that end, we are reaching out to you, our generous supporters, with a proposal for consideration. In lieu of sponsorships and ticket sales, we are thoughtfully asking credit unions to consider making a donation to the Foundation in the amount you would have budgeted for Gala. Please let me know if your credit union will be making a donation. We will be exploring appropriate ways to recognize our generous donors and will communicate that soon.
In terms of dispersing the funds raised, our plan is to carefully evaluate local needs in our three states to determine the most impactful ways we can help our communities.
For reference, below is the list of sponsorships and pricing we were working with for this year’s event:
Young Professionals $3,500
Individual Ticket $295
We are sincerely saddened about this cancellation, but under these extraordinary circumstances, we feel it’s in everyone’s best interest to practice caution. If you have any questions, please contact Diana Adell at firstname.lastname@example.org, or Dr. Dan Santangelo at email@example.com.
Thank you for your consideration. We look forward to planning an extraordinary event in 2021!