DID YOU VOTE YET? Seven Colorado Charities in Tight Race for Citywide Banks $8,000 Charity Hand-Up Contest

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The final days for the Citywide Banks Charity Hand-Up Contest are here, and the race for $8,000 in donations is very close. All seven nominated Colorado nonprofits will get a donation, and one will receive $5,000. The amount depends on rallying supporters to vote on Facebook and share the contest with friends, coworkers, and family. More votes means more critical funds for the nonprofit. See below on how each nominee plans to spend the money if they win the top $5,000 donation. The contest will end at midnight on April 30th.

Who Are You Supporting in Contest?
EarthLinks has my vote,” commented Kevin Amsberry in a Facebook post. “This is where people actually do things that help real people daily. People give away their love and energy at EarthLinks.”

“I support the Alpine Rescue Team!” exclaimed Pam Langford Fast on Facebook. “They are an amazing and dedicated group of people who selflessly donate their time 24x7x365 to assist those in need in the mountains (free of charge). This is a great opportunity for these guys and gals to update equipment and training to continue to provide safe and quality rescue efforts. ”

Denise Gass Staton praised the Longmont Humane Society because it “supports the animals who cannot take care of themselves.”

Aurora Mental Health Center helps more than 17,000 people every year!” explained supporter Troy Bowman in a post.

Focus Points deserves to win this contest for all the good things they do,” commented supporter Beverly Van Kirk on Facebook.

Want to share your support too?  Go to Facebook.com/citywidebanks and tell us why you support your nominee.

Current Contest Standings
Alpine Rescue Team, Aurora Mental Health Center, Denver Health Foundation, EarthLinks, Focus Points Family Resource Center, KIPP Colorado, and Longmont Humane Society have been nominated for the contest by Citywide Banks employees. 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.

Get Involved, Get Inspired
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.”

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
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, 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. If Alpine Rescue Team receives most votes in contest, the $5,000 donation from Citywide Banks would go directly toward purchasing new batteries for the team’s field radios, which would run about $2,000. The remainder of the money would go toward training products and replacing older equipment such as ropes.
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Aurora Mental Health Center is more than a resource for those with mental health concerns. Since its founding 1975, it has become a true partner in the Aurora community by providing a wide range of behavioral health services to more than 17,000 people a year through 29 specialty programs at 12 locations.  If Aurora Mental Health receives most votes in contest, the $5,000 donation from Citywide Banks would go toward some of the Center’s services provided at low or no cost. Some of these programs include vocational programming, youth intervention programs, and programs offered at the Resilience Center.
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Denver Health Foundation, founded in 1988, is the nonprofit arm dedicated to raising funds for Denver Health Medical Center 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. If DHF receives most votes in contest, the $5,000 donation from Citywide Banks would go directly to the Child and Adolescent Behavioral Health endowment, a comprehensive integrated behavioral health and substance abuse program that serves children ages 7 through 18 throughout the Denver area.
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EarthLinks is a social enterprise program where people who are homeless are paid for working 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.  If EarthLinks receives most votes in contest, the $5,000 donation from Citywide Banks would go toward improving the Earthlinks community garden, which they’re hoping will be able to provide food for participants and the surrounding community, and become an oasis in Denver’s Sun Valley neighborhood.
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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-reliance programs to facilitate independence;  Healthy living and health access programs to promote active, vibrant living; and Parent engagement and community leadership to foster empowerment.  If Focus Points receives the most votes in contest, the $5,000 donation from Citywide Banks would go toward either supporting several families through our home visitation program for a full year, or fund the opportunity for adult students to complete a GED program.
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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. If KIPP receives most votes in contest, the $5,000 donation from Citywide Banks would go directly toward bringing in needed resources to their soon-to-be opened elementary school classrooms.  
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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. If LHS receives most votes in contest, the $5,000 donation from Citywide Banks would go toward their Now & Forever Campaign, which seeks to raise the $2.2 million debt remaining on the bond on their facility.
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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 75 Colorado nonprofits.

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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