Nominees Announced for October 2013 Citywide Banks Charity Hand-Up Contest

Citywide Banks NewsCitywide Banks will host another Charity Hand-Up Contest from October 1-14, 2013, to raise awareness for seven Colorado charities. The local community is invited to participate by voting for a charity on Facebook. It is not necessary to be a bank customer to participate (no purchase necessary). The general public can enter to win one of several prizes just for voting. 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. Voting begins on Tuesday, October 1st.

CLICK HERE to Vote on Facebook by Oct. 14

For the October 2013 contest, the nominees nominated by Citywide Banks employees, are the following:

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 Facebook, Twitter, or LinkedIn to catch all contest updates.

Citywide Banks Charity Hand-Up Contest October 1-14, 2013

“Citywide is a truly local bank, meaning our ownership, employees, and customers live and work in the Front Range,” explained Steve Ebner, first vice president of marketing at Citywide Banks. “For our bank’s employees, there is something energizing about impacting the same community where we live. That’s why all of us have gotten behind these Facebook contests and other local charity campaigns.”

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 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.

All Charity Nominees Get a Donation

  • $5,000 cash donation – Charity with most contest votes
  • $1,000 cash donation – Runner-up charity in final vote standings
  • $750 cash donation – Third place charity in final vote standings
  • $500 cash donation – Fourth place charity in final vote standings
  • $125 cash donation – Fifth place charity in final vote standings
  • $75 cash donation – Sixth place charity in final vote standings
  • $50 cash donation – Seventh place charity in final vote standings

Public Can Enter to Win Prizes Too
The public is invited to participate in the contest by voting online at Facebook.com/citywidebanks. 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 for Two at choice of following Denver restaurants: Mizuna, Luca D’Italia, Bones, Osteria Marco, Green Russell, Lou’s Food Bar, Russell’s Smokehouse, or Vesper Lounge (2 winners)
  • $50 Tony’s Market Gift Card  (2 winners)
  • $25 Starbucks Gift Card  (2 winners)
  • Citywide Banks Executive Laser Pointer Pen with USB Flash Drive (3 winners)

How to Cast Vote & Prize Entry on Facebook – October 1 -14, 2013
The easiest way to vote is online on a special voting tab on the Citywide Banks Facebook page. Users simply need to log into their personal Facebook account, and visit www.Facebook.com/citywidebanks. If applicable, users can setup a free account by going to www.Facebook.com. The online voting form will only be accessible for Citywide Banks Facebook Fans. To become a Fan, simply click on the “Like” button on top of any of the pages on Citywide’s Facebook Fan Page. Then, click on the link for the “Charity Contest” tab to vote for a nominated charity. Each Facebook account will be permitted one vote during the 14-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.

Paper ballot voting is not available in Citywide Banks branches during this contest.

OCTOBER 2013 CONTEST – NOMINATED CHARITIES

CLOTHES TO KIDS DENVER 
Clothes To Kids provides new and quality used clothing to low-income, school-aged (K-12) children in Denver County, free of charge. CTK is the only organization of its kind in Denver open year-round to serve students of all ages. Students “shop” in a store-like environment with volunteers dedicated to providing a high level of service. CTK aims to enhance each shopper’s educational experience by helping him or her feel more comfortable and confident in the classroom.  A $5,000 donation from Citywide Banks would go toward purchasing socks, underwear, pants and shoes to fill holes in their inventory after the back to school rush. Check out the spotlight article at Denver-business-bank.com/?p=3774.

GIRLS INCORPORATED OF METRO DENVER
Girls Inc. of Metro Denver’s inspires all girls to be strong, smart, and bold (SM).  Founded in 1983,  the organization has served 30,000 girls from first through twelth grade through programs that: 1) ensure girls value education and explore a wide-range of future career options; (2) empower girls to make good decisions about their health and well-being; and (3) equip girls with the tools and confidence they need to become strong self-advocates and lead self-sufficient lives. A $5,000 donation from Citywide Banks would go toward supporting overall operations, including paying for: field trips, bringing in speakers from the community, as well as maintenance of shuttles and the center facility itself. Check out the spotlight article at Denver-business-bank.com/?p=3884.

INNOVAGE FOUNDATION
The InnovAge Foundation increases community awareness and support for the programs of InnovAge, a nonprofit organization providing aging adults with a broad spectrum of services to help them age independently including: (1) InnovAge Johnson Adult Day Program, an adult day center providing meaningful activities for individuals with memory loss and physical impairments; (2) InnovAge Home Care, an in-home service that allows aging adults to live safely and comfortably in their own homes; and (3) InnovAge Greater Colorado PACE, a coordinated healthcare and day program that helps seniors live with dignity and independence in their own community. A $5,000 donation from Citywide Banks would be spread between all its programs to help expand its reach in the community and serve more individuals in need of its services. Check out the spotlight article at Denver-business-bank.com/?p=3830.

LUPUS FOUNDATION OF COLORADO 
The Lupus Foundation of Colorado was incorporated in 1972 to help Coloradans diagnosed with lupus, their families and friends.  The organization offers help in the form of educational programing, emergency financial assistance, support for research and advocacy for individuals and public policy. An extensive web site, electronic newsletter, telephone support network and strong partnerships with other organizations enable us to serve the 20,000+ individuals impacted by Lupus in Colorado. Help for Today, Hope for Tomorrow! A $5,000 donation from Citywide Banks would go toward expanding LFC’s children’s network, since they’ve seen a growing number of young people diagnosed with the disease. The rest of the donation would go into their emergency assistance fund. Check out the spotlight article at Denver-business-bank.com/?p=3808.

PETAID COLORADO 
PetAid Colorado is a 501(c)(3) not-for-profit organization that weaves a safety net of programs to benefit pets in need. Collaborating with veterinarians and community partners, and thanks to donor support, we are delivering an array of unique programs and fulfilling a vast need to provide veterinary care for animals of vulnerable populations, exclusively.  We believe that all animals, regardless of their owner’s financial status, deserve the veterinary care needed to prevent animal suffering and relinquishment. A $5,000 donation from Citywide Banks would be designated to PetAid Disaster Services to aid displaced animals in wake of the flooding and help train local authorities. Check out the spotlight article at Denver-business-bank.com/?p=3963.

SOUTH METRO PROFESSIONAL FIREFIGHTERS FOUNDATION 
The mission of the South Metro Professional Firefighters Foundation is to provide Colorado Firefighters, Police Officers, and EMS workers, and their families, assistance in times
of serious illness or injury and to assist the members of  our community through humanitarian aid, financial support and general  assistance to ensure quality of life. The foundation was created by the South Metro Professional Firefighters Local 2164 in 2005 by a group of firefighters  that knew they could do more to serve our community. A $5,000 donation from Citywide Banks would go right back into the Denver community, helping a local family that has suffered a tragedy. Check out the spotlight article at Denver-business-bank.com/?p=3920.

SUPPORT-A-SOLDIER
We are family and friends of soldiers working and volunteering to help raise funds to supply gear and equipment (which is not provided by the military, or which is better than what soldiers are issued) to our deployed troops. Founded in 2007, Support-A-Soldier began simply as the organization’s name might imply — with a mother’s desire to help her soldier son, who was stationed in Iraq purchase some needed gear.  First her son was helped, then his team, then another group, another and another. The requests flowed in. A little seed of desire blossomed into an organization who has helped several thousand deployed troops. This organization is a venue for the American public to support, honor and give back to those who serve us, by fulfilling requests from soldiers for items they would otherwise be purchasing themselves. A $5,000 donation from Citywide Banks would go toward filling Support-A-Soldier’s weekly gear requests from Colorado soldiers. Check out the spotlight article at Denver-business-bank.com/?p=3951.

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 www.CitywideBanks.com. Citywide Banks is Member FDIC and an Equal Housing Lender.

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