Bow Wow Buddies Foundation Wins Citywide Banks Charity Hand-Up Contest

Citywide Banks NewsBow Wow Buddies Foundation earned a first place finish in this month’s Citywide Banks Charity Hand-Up Contest and will receive a $5,000 donation from the bank.  The 14-day contest, which aimed to raise awareness for seven Colorado nonprofits nominated by Citywide Banks employees, was promoted through the bank’s branches and social media sites.  A total of $7,500 in donations will be split between the seven causes based on the results of the community voting.

“Each of these organizations are working to make a positive impact in the Denver/Boulder community,” commented Steve Ebner, vice president of marketing at Citywide Banks. “Our contests have become a fun, engaging way for our employees and our social media followers to help these charities tell their stories and promote ways the community can help move their missions forward. ”

Bow Wow Buddies FoundationColorado-based Bow Wow Buddies Foundation is a multi-faceted organization focused on fostering and finding forever homes for homeless dogs, sponsoring full-time research on canine cancer, raising funds to send therapy dogs to areas impacted by tragedies, and working with shelters to build play yards for their facilities.

The foundation says it plans to use the $5,000 donation from Citywide Banks to help train a therapy dog that will stay in Colorado in the event of a future disaster or emergency. As CEO and founder, Heidi Ganahl, explains, “the dog could be a comfort to the community, and if there’s no disaster, the dog could go to schools and nursing homes.”

A full spotlight article on Bow Wow Buddies Foundation is available at For ways to donate your time or money with the organization, please visit

Prize Drawing Winners Will Be Notified
Winners of the optional voter prize drawings will be notified within the next week about their prize. The winners were Steve T. of Denver ($100 restaurant card), Robert F. of Englewood ($100 restaurant card), Tommy G. of Aurora (executive golfer bundle), Jessica S. of Denver ($25 Starbucks card), Kim B. of Parker ($25 Starbucks card), David G. of Centennial (laser pointer USB drive), Shannon S. of Lakewood (laser pointer USB drive), and Toni W. of Golden (laser pointer USB drive).

50 Years of Community Commitment
During 2013, Citywide Banks is celebrating its 50th Anniversary as a Colorado owned, family operated community 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. The bank’s leadership believes it’s increasingly important for businesses to step up and help those working to overcome life challenges. While the Denver/Boulder community is blessed with great organizations supporting the disadvantaged, many go unnoticed. As part of the bank’s larger community outreach program, Citywide Banks aims to use its growing social media to change this. In September 2011, the bank hosted its first contest through Facebook aiming to give an extra “hand-up” to local charities — to raise awareness about the great work and ongoing needs of local charities around metro Denver. It was a success, and has grown into a quarterly campaign that exposes nominated charities to tens of thousands of new people. Regardless of who wins the vote, all the nominated charities will get valuable exposure for their work and ongoing needs.

Citywide Banks is splitting $7,500 among the seven local nonprofits based on their final vote results. The final contest standings were Bow Wow Buddies Foundation, Veteran’s Passport to Hope, Alternatives Pregnancy Center, Mount Saint Vincent, Kempe Foundation, Colorado Beautillion, and American Cancer Society.

The mission of Broomfield-based Bow Wow Buddies Foundation is to lend a paw to animals in need by focusing on three main initiatives. Home: every dog deserves a loving home and we have found forever homes for over 10,000 rescue dogs. Health: finding a cure for canine cancer and other illnesses by investing in research and treatment. Humane: Improving conditions at shelters so dogs have opportunity to socialize making them more adoptable. Check out the spotlight article at

Veteran’s Passport To Hope works to raise money and awareness in order to help Colorado’s 420,000 veterans. The 501(c)(3) nonprofit focuses on goals in three areas: (1) Raise awareness about the issues today’s veterans face. (2) Support local veteran friendly non-profits. (3) Bring veteran friendly non-profits together in order to reduce competition, increase efficiency, and be more effective. The group’s annual fundraising gala event for 2013 will be on October 10th. Check out the spotlight article at

Alternatives Pregnancy Center provides a safe place for women to be heard during an important decision time. Although Alternatives will never refer nor recommend abortion, we know that any decision a woman makes in an unintended pregnancy will change her life. Services include: pregnancy tests, options counseling, ultrasound, STD testing and treatment for women, 24 Hour Helpline, community, adoption & pre-natal referrals, success development & post-abortion counseling, and limited material supplies. All services are free and confidential. Check out the spotlight article at

Mount Saint Vincent is a Denver-based treatment center for children ages 3 to 13 suffering from the effects of abuse, neglect, trauma, or mental illness. We are child-focused but also family-centered, believing that building on individual and family strengths results in happy children and healthy families. Mount Saint Vincent has served the needs of more than 18,000 children since our early beginnings as an orphanage established by the Sisters of Charity of Leavenworth in 1883. We continue that tradition today, providing treatment and help, as well as care and hope — for children in need. Check out the spotlight article at

The Kempe Foundation for the Prevention and Treatment of Child Abuse and Neglect, a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization founded in 1976, provides the education, advocacy and fundraising support for the work of The Kempe Center. The Kempe Center is recognized as a world leader in child abuse treatment programs and for more than forty years has been at the forefront in the fight against child abuse and neglect. Kempe provides children and families throughout Colorado and the nation with more hopeful futures. Check out the spotlight article at

The Colorado Beautillion, Inc. is a multi-cultural youth mentoring program designed to equip high school students with vital life skills; prepare them for higher education and leadership. We target hidden jewels or unsung youth to promote; reward their accomplishments/talents and prepare them to make notable contributions in their respective neighborhoods. Our fundamental mission is to encourage and foster high achievement, while helping the youth achieve commendable goals and make constructive contributions to numerous Colorado communities. Check out the spotlight article at

The local chapter of the American Cancer Society is part of a global grassroots force of more than three million volunteers. As the largest voluntary health organization and the nation’s largest private, not-for-profit investor in cancer research, the Society’s efforts have contributed to a 20 percent decline in cancer death rates in the U.S. since 1991. Thanks in part to our progress, nearly 14 million Americans who have had cancer and countless more who have avoided it will celebrate more birthdays this year. Check out the spotlight article at

About Citywide Banks
Colorado owned and family operated since 1963, Citywide Banks specializes in commercial lending, deposit accounts and cash 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 Citywide Banks is Member FDIC and an Equal Housing Lender.

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