Citywide Banks Announces $8,000 Charity Hand-Up Contest in November, Employees Nominate Seven Colorado Charities

Citywide Banks NewsCitywide Banks will host another Charity Hand-Up Contest from November 3-17, 2014, to raise awareness for seven Colorado charities. 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 on Facebook 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 November 3rd kickoff approaches.

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

  • Autism Society of Colorado
  • Colorado Alliance for Drug Endangered Children
  • Colorado Outward Bound School
  • Hope House of Colorado
  • Mental Health Center of Denver
  • Rocky Mountain Cancer Assistance
  • Wild B.I.R.D.

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. Supporters of each nominee are invited to participate in the following ways:

  1. “Like” one or all the seven nominees on the charity’s Facebook page
  2. Vote for your favorite charity nominee on the voting page on 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 VP 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 5o-year-old, family owned and operated, bank  focused entirely on the Front Range.  The bank has a deep rooted tradition of supporting hundreds of local charities through volunteering and financial contributions.  As part of its community outreach program, Citywide Banks is using its growing 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 60 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 16-day contest

Public Can Enter to 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 Fruition 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 – November 3-17, 2014
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 www.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 16-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.

November 2014 Contest – NOMINATED CHARITIES

AUTISM SOCIETY OF COLORADO   
The mission of the Autism Society of Colorado (ASC) is to improve the lives of all affected by autism, a disorder that affects the brain’s normal development of communication and social skills. This includes families, providers, educators, and members of the community. In Colorado, 1 in 68 children are diagnosed with an autism spectrum disorder. At ASC, we work to advocate, inform, and share the journey with those Coloradans impacted by autism.
www.AutismColorado.info  Follow ASC on Facebook

COLORADO ALLIANCE FOR DRUG ENDANGERED CHILDREN 
The Colorado Alliance for Drug Endangered Children promotes the health, safety, and well-being of drug endangered children through statewide training, technical assistance, and advocacy. Children are drug endangered when their caregiver’s substance use or involvement in the illegal drug trade results in child maltreatment or interferes with their ability to provide a safe and nurturing environment. Colorado DEC aims to change the trajectory for drug endangered children and break the intergenerational cycles of substance abuse and child maltreatment.
www.ColoradoDEC.org   Follow Colorado DEC on Facebook

COLORADO OUTWARD BOUND SCHOOL
The Colorado Outward Bound School, founded in 1962 in Marble, Colorado, is a non-profit educational organization that serves people of all ages and backgrounds through challenging learning expeditions that focus on character development, leadership, environmental stewardship, and service to others. A COBS course helps individuals and teams discover strength of character and an aptitude for leadership needed to serve others in their community and care for the world around them.
 www.COBS.org   Follow COBS on Facebook

HOPE HOUSE OF COLORADO
Hope House is metro-Denver’s only resource providing free self-sufficiency programs to parenting teen moms, including Residential, GED, and College & Career Support programs. Additional supportive services include Healthy Relationships and Parenting Programs, Mentoring, Early Learning, Life Skills workshops and certified counseling, all designed to prepare them for long-term independence. Hope House relies on numerous volunteers and local business partnerships to accomplish its mission.
www.HopeHouseofColorado.org   Follow Hope House on Facebook

MENTAL HEALTH CENTER OF DENVER  
Where Recovery Happens
The Mental Health Center of Denver provides comprehensive, innovative, and accessible mental health, substance abuse, housing, educational, and employment services. A mission of enriching lives and minds by focusing on strengths and recovery underscores its belief that stronger communities are built on a foundation of mental wellness. Recognized as the National Center of Excellence for recovery-focused mental healthcare, its progressive approach to prevention, treatment and recovery is a model for community mental health centers nationwide.
www.MHCD.org   Follow MHCD on Facebook

ROCKY MOUNTAIN CANCER ASSISTANCE  
RMCA is a Colorado-based nonprofit organization that provides financial assistance for the basic living needs of cancer patients receiving treatment in Colorado. Assistance from RMCA is for rent or mortgage, food, utilities, transportation, and health insurance premiums or COBRA payments, and other non-medical expenses. RMCA’s goal is to continue to provide assistance to every eligible applicant that demonstrates a dire financial situation. Support from RMCA helps cancer patients avoid delaying or ending treatment due to financial stress.
www.RockyMountainCancerAssistance.org   Follow RMCA on Facebook

WILD B.I.R.D. 
Wild B.I.R.D. serves the entire Front Range of Colorado by providing rehabilitation to sick, injured, and abandoned baby birds brought in by the public, local parks and recreation departments, Colorado Division of Wildlife, local police departments, and veterinarians., but is almost entirely funded by individual donations. Over 3,500 birds are brought to Wild B.I.R.D. every year, and over 60% (20% higher than the national average) of those birds are released back into Colorado skies.
www.WildBIRDrehab.com  Follow the Wild BIRD on Facebook

About Citywide Banks
Family owned and locally focused since 1963, Citywide Banks specializes in commercial lending, deposit accounts and treasury management solutions for businesses throughout Denver and Boulder. The bank and its team of more than 250 Front Range employees is a proud supporter of hundreds of local charities through employee volunteering, financial contributions, and social media awareness campaigns. For more information, please visit the bank’s website at www.CitywideBanks.com. Citywide Banks is Member FDIC and an Equal Housing Lender.

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