WOCCU Charity Auction Goes Online

Capabilities to Bid on Items Reach Beyond Conference Boundaries

June 28, 2010

Organization: World Council of Credit Unions
Phone: (608) 395-2000

2010_6_28_WOCCU auction with Judy Ensweiler
WOCCU charity auction co-chair Judy Ensweiler (center) examines an autographed photo of Muhammad Ali, one of more than 100 auction items available, as Worldwide Foundation for Credit Unions Executive Director Valerie Breunig (left) and Foundation Specialist Jeri Davis (right) look on.

LAS VEGAS – The Worldwide Foundation for Credit Unions, the charitable arm of World Council of Credit Unions (WOCCU), has taken its annual auction electronic this year, and shoppers around the globe will be able to bid online on contributed auction items to help raise funds for global credit union development work.

The auction, traditionally part of WOCCU’s World Credit Union Conference, will be held this year at The 1 Credit Union Conference, the joint event sponsored by WOCCU and Credit Union National Association (CUNA) that will convene July 11-14 at the MGM Grand Hotel in Las Vegas. Conference participants may examine items up for bid in person, then go to one of the computer terminals in the auction hall and place bids at Individuals who are not attending the conference may also bid on items at the same Web address.

“In the past, only conference attendees could bid on the auction items, but this year the auction is open to everyone,” said Judy Ensweiler, wife of Texas Credit Union League President and CEO Dick Ensweiler, who is co-chairing the auction this year with Crissy Cheney, wife of incoming CUNA President and CEO Bill Cheney. “WOCCU works every day to improve the lives of those less fortunate by developing credit union systems around the globe,” she added. “So, get in the spirit and start bidding to support this wonderful work.”

The auction site is available for viewing June 28, enabling bidding to begin. The bidding ends at the closing of the conference trade show July 13, at 1:45 p.m. Winning bidders will be notified via email. In addition, a live auction will be held during the conference’s closing event July 14, with auctioneer Dick Ensweiler presenting the auction’s premier items for bidding.

Bidders may register online with a credit or debit card (sorry, no cash accepted) and bid any time between June 28 and July 13. Log on to and put your money to work supporting the global credit union movement.

For more information about the auction, contact Valerie Breunig, Worldwide Foundation executive director, at +1-608-395-2055 or

For more information about The 1 Credit Union Conference, go to

World Council of Credit Unions is the global trade association and development agency for credit unions. World Council promotes the sustainable development of credit unions and other financial cooperatives around the world to empower people through access to high quality and affordable financial services. World Council advocates on behalf of the global credit union system before international organizations and works with national governments to improve legislation and regulation. Its technical assistance programs introduce new tools and technologies to strengthen credit unions' financial performance and increase their outreach.

World Council has implemented 300+ technical assistance programs in 89 countries. Worldwide, 68,882 credit unions in 109 countries serve 235 million people. Learn more about World Council's impact around the world at

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