April Charity Contest Nominees Announced — Community Will Decide How $8,000 in Donations Are Split

(BANK NEWS)  Citywide Banks will host another Charity Hand-Up Contest from April 10-30, 2015 to raise awareness and give away $8,000 in donations to seven Colorado nonprofits nominated by Citywide Banks employees. The community is invited to participate by voting for a charity nominee on Facebook and sharing their support through social media.  The charity that receives the most votes will receive a $5,000 cash donation from Citywide Banks. An additional $2,500 in donations will be split between the other nominees based on final vote standings. A bonus $500 donation will go to the charity that increases their Facebook followers the most.  The public can enter to win several prizes by participating.  Watch for charity spotlights and more announcements as the April 10th kickoff approaches.

The following seven Colorado charities have been nominated by Citywide Banks employees:

  • Alpine Rescue Team
  • Aurora Mental Health Center
  • Denver Health Foundation
  • Earthlinks
  • Focus Points Family Resource Center
  • KIPP Colorado
  • Longmont Humane Society

Get Involved, Get Inspired
Each charity will be spotlighted on Citywide Banks’ blog and social media, and promoted at specific branches through a related employee contest. Follow Citywide Banks on FacebookTwitter, or LinkedIn to catch all contest updates.  Here is how supporters can help their favorite nominee:

  1. “Like” the charity’s Facebook page
  2. Vote for the charity on the contest page at Citywide’s Facebook page (users will need to “Like” the Citywide page prior to submitting vote)
  3. Post a personal testimonial about your favorite charity nominee on Citywide’s Facebook page
  4. Share posts and spotlight articles about the contest with friends, coworkers, and family

“All of us at Citywide Banks live and work in the Front Range, and we want to see our community thrive,” explained Steve Ebner, first vice president of marketing at Citywide Banks. “Support of our local nonprofits is a powerful way to impact those in our community that need an extra hand-up. These Facebook contests are a fun, engaging way to shine a light on the amazing work and ongoing needs of our local nonprofits.”

50 Years of Community Commitment
Citywide Banks is a 52-year-old, family owned and operated, business bank focused entirely on the Front Range.  The bank has a deep rooted tradition of supporting more than 150 local charities annually through volunteering and financial contributions.  As part of its community outreach program, Citywide Banks is using its large social media network to give an extra “hand-up” to outstanding Colorado nonprofits. Since September 2011, the Charity Hand-Up Contests on Facebook have raised awareness and money for more than 65 local charities.

All Charity Nominees Get a Donation – $8,000 Up for Grabs

  • $5,000 cash donationCharity with most contest votes
  • $1,000 cash donationRunner-up charity in final vote standings
  • $750 cash donationThird place charity in final vote standings
  • $500 cash donationFourth place charity in final vote standings
  • $125 cash donationFifth place charity in final vote standings
  • $75 cash donationSixth place charity in final vote standings
  • $50 cash donationSeventh place charity in final vote standings
  • $500 BONUS donation - Charity with biggest % increase in Facebook followers during 21-day contest

Public Can Win Prizes Too
The public is invited to participate in the contest by voting online at Facebook.com/citywidebanks. The voting form includes an optional entry into the voter prize drawings. Only one vote/entry is permitted per Facebook account. No purchase is necessary to participate. Official rules with all voting methods are published at Denver-Business-Bank.com/sweepstakes-official-rules.pdf. Voters can enter to win one of the following prizes when they cast a vote for a charity nominee:

  • $100 Dinner at Stoic & Genuine Restaurant  (1 winner)
  • $100 Dinner at Colt & Gray Restaurant  (1 winner)
  • $50 Tony’s Market Gift Card (1 winner)
  • $25 Starbucks Gift Card (2 winners)
  • Citywide Banks Executive Laser Pointer Pen with USB Flash Drive (3 winners)

How to Cast Vote on Facebook – April 10-30, 2015
All of the contest voting will take place on a special “Charity Contest” section of Citywide Banks Facebook page. Direct links to the voting page will be on all contest posts and materials. Users simply need to log into their personal Facebook account, and visit Facebook.com/citywidebanks. If necessary, users can setup a free account in minutes by going to www.Facebook.com.  The contest voting form is accessible for Citywide Banks Facebook Fans only. To become a Fan, simply click on the “Like” button on top of any of the pages on Citywide’s Facebook Page. Then, click on the link for the “Charity Contest” tab to vote for your favorite nominated charity. Each Facebook account will be permitted one vote during the 21-day voting period. The voting form is also accessible through most mobile devices. After voting, users can use sharing buttons to easily invite their Facebook friends to vote for their favorite charity nominee.

April 2015 Contest – NOMINATED CHARITIES

ALPINE RESCUE TEAM 
Alpine Rescue Team, founded in 1959, is a group of highly trained non-paid professional rescue-mountaineers based in Evergreen, Colorado. The nationally-accredited nonprofit is the designated search and rescue team for Clear Creek, Jefferson and Gilpin counties; the members average more than 7,000 hours annually in field missions. The Team performs mountain search and rescue, day or night, 24/7, always free to any individual or agency in need of its expertise and assistance.
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AURORA MENTAL HEALTH CENTER
Aurora Mental Health Center is a nonprofit community mental health center that opened in 1975. The staff provides mental health services to more than 17,000 people annually. Services are provided in 18 specialty clinics located in 11 counseling and specialized service centers, in eight residential facilities, in public schools, at two county departments of human services, in homes and foster homes, in integrated care settings, a maximum security prison and two minimum security correctional facilities.
Spotlight article coming soon 

DENVER HEALTH FOUNDATION
Denver Health Foundation, founded in 1988, is a nonprofit dedicated to raising funds for Denver Health and Hospitals programs aimed at improving health in the local community.  These include the Child & Adolescent Behavioral Health endowment that helps fund advancements in research and treatment of Denver’s youth with conditions ranging from abuse to drug addiction, bi-polar disorder, depression, schizophrenia and suicidal disorder. Other initiatives include Newborns in Need, a Patient Assistance Fund, Reach Out and Read, and a School-Based Health Center program for Denver Public Schools.
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EARTHLINKS
EarthLinks is a social enterprise program where people who are homeless are paid for their work in our urban garden and workshop, creating beautiful and useful products that are sold to the public (the profits of which directly support the program). Participants work with staff to take steps toward reaching personal goals and create stabilizing lifestyle changes while at EarthLinks. Obtaining stable housing, increased accountability, and improved self-esteem are examples of program outcomes.
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FOCUS POINTS FAMILY RESOURCE CENTER
Focus Points Family Resource Center is a non-profit organization committed to serving low-income families in Denver. In 2014, Focus Points served over 1,500 families, most of whom are Spanish-speaking immigrants. Focus Points is committed to the following:  School readiness programs to open doors to future success;  Family literacy and adult self-sufficiency programs to facilitate independence;  Healthy living and health access programs to promote active, vibrant living; and Parent engagement and community leadership to foster empowerment.
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KIPP COLORADO 
KIPP Colorado is a network of free, open-enrollment, college- preparatory public charter schools dedicated to preparing students in underserved communities for success in both college and life. KIPP Colorado’s mission is to equip our students with the academic skills and character strengths necessary to succeed in college and the competitive world beyond. With an extended school day and year, and a strong culture of achievement, KIPP is proving what is possible in public education.
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LONGMONT HUMANE SOCIETY
Longmont Humane Society is a Colorado State licensed animal shelter dedicated to protecting the health and well-being of companion animals. We are an open-admission facility accepting animals from our community without regard to health, age or behavior. Annually, we serve over 4,000 animals. We treat each one as an individual, offering shelter, food, exercise and other support whether medical or behavioral in order to achieve the highest live release rate possible.
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