Longmont Humane Society Surges on Final Day to Win Citywide Banks Charity Hand-Up Contest

Longmont Humane Society edged out six other Colorado nonprofits to rally the most votes in the Citywide Banks $8,000 Charity Hand-Up Contest. The 21-day Facebook contest raised awareness for seven Colorado nonprofits nominated by Citywide Banks employees. Longmont Humane Society will receive a $5,000 cash donation from the bank, while runner-up, EarthLinks, will receive $1,000. An additional $1,500 in donations will be split among the other nominees based on final vote standings. Aurora Mental Health Center will receive an extra $500 donation for growing its Facebook network the most during the contest.

“Congrats to Longmont Humane Society and all the contest nominees,” commented Steve Ebner, marketing director at Citywide Banks. “Our local community is blessed with so many inspiring organizations making a difference. Our hope is that more people are now aware of these seven, their missions, and how to continue supporting them as we move forward. Thanks to everyone that shared their stories on social media.”

Contest Prize Drawing Winners
Winners of the voter prize drawings will be notified within the next week about their prize. The winners were Adam F. of Lone Tree ($100 Stoic & Genuine Restaurant gift card), Allison K. of Boulder ($100 Colt & Gray Restaurant gift card), Brian B. of Greenwood Village ($50 Tony’s Market gift card), Dave P. of Longmont  ($25 Starbucks card), Diana G. of Aurora ($25 Starbucks card), Laura M. of Denver  ($25 Starbucks card), Emily A. of Denver (laser pointer pen with USB drive), Rachel S. of Denver (laser pointer pen with USB drive), and Scott B. of Denver (laser pointer pen with USB drive).

Longmont Humane Society is a nonprofit animal shelter dedicated to protecting the health and well-being of companion animals. Whether it’s sheltering lost or homeless animals, providing low-cost veterinary care, or offering behavior training, the shelter offers passionate care for the 4,000 animals that come through their facility every year.

The organization says the $5,000 donation will go toward their Now & Forever Campaign, which seeks to raise the $2.2 million debt remaining on the bond on their facility. Watch the video below to learn more about the Now & Forever Campaign.  Check out the full spotlight article on Longmont Humane Society at http://denver-business-bank.com/?p=5699.



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 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.
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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.
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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.
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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.  
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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.
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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 80 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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