You may have noticed that every October at Afena is "Riley Month". There are activities and fundraisers taking place all month long. In years past, you may have bought some goodies at the bake sale or maybe you bought one of Afena's infamous wood roses. Of course, it wouldn't be Riley month without mentioning our Corporate Monster Mini Golf event and FREE Community Mini Golf event at River's Edge Family Golf Center. This annual event is always a hit and creates fun for the whole community!
You may also wonder why Afena chooses Riley to commit an entire month of fundraising to. One reason is that Co-Op, an affiliated partner for this event, offers a program called the "Miracle Match", where funds raised by an organization are eligible for a percentage match, maximizing the end result of the donation. This is an application process that many credit unions take part in, and because there is only so much money set aside for this program, it goes fast.
Over the last 16 years, since Afena started its donorship with Riley, a total of $71,363.09 has been donated to Riley in the name of our Credit Union. In 2016 alone Afena raised a record amount of $8,693.97 and received a matching donation from the Co-Op Miracle Match in an amount of $2,148.49, making the total donation to Riley on behalf of Afena $10,842.46- our biggest donation to date.
A second reason for supporting Riley is because our own Afena staff as well as members and individuals in our community, have had personal experiences with Riley Children's Hospital. It is a cause that is very close to the hearts of many people in Indiana and Grant and Wabash counties.
Donations to Riley support and make possible unprecedented care, ground breaking research, and innovative treatments. Riley works with patients that in some cases, are fighting for their lives every day. Unfortunately, illness and disease knows no limits, not even for a newborn child. Thankfully, we are fortunate to have a dedicated facility that not only tries to provide a cure for various illnesses, but that also provides genuine care so close to home. Your donations help to provide a hope to the children and families of Riley, a hope that's bigger than what you may realize.
What's Going On And How Can You Help?
All month long there are different activities going on and ways that you can help support our fundraising goals for Riley. There are various promotional items available for purchase in our branches, many for as little as $1. You can also drop some change in our little red buckets or mail in a donation. Every little bit helps.
October 4, 2018 - Corporate Mini Golf Scramble
River's Edge Family Golf Course 3 PM - 5 PM. Call our branch for registration information.
October 4, 2018 - FREE Putt-Putt Event
You read it correctly - it is FREE! Everyone in the community is invited to come out and share in the fun at River's Edge Family Golf Course from 5 PM - 8 PM. Play as much miniature golf as you like, on us!
There will also be food available for purchase, cooked by our very own staff. There will be games to play and so much more. Some activities require a small donation. All proceeds will support Riley Children's Hospital.