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Peoples Bank donates $20,000 to Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater NWI

Written by Chronicle Staff. Posted in Community News & People in the News

Published on February 26, 2020 with No Comments

Sarah Ricciardi (third from left) and Tanya Leetz (center) of Peoples Bank present Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater Northwest with a check for $20,000. Shown, from left, are Alison Martin, Nancy Schneider, Sarah Ricciardi, Ashley Abbot, Tanya Leetz, Ryan Smiley, Rhiannon Buehne, Michelle Manchak, Bonnie Connors, Steve Handel, and Matt Lambert.

Peoples Bank, in conjunction with its employee philanthropic committee, Community First, recently donated $20,000 to Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater Northwest Indiana to support the youth agency’s work in Lake and Porter counties.

Community First consists of Peoples Bank employees who volunteer in their communities and conduct internal fundraisers throughout the year through a host of donation opportunities. All dollars raised are employee generated by Peoples Bank employees who are committed to improving the quality of life in the communities the bank serves. The funds are then matched by the bank, and donations are made to local organizations.

Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater Northwest Indiana was selected to receive funds because its mission closely aligns with the committee’s, said Tanya Leetz, Peoples Bank’s executive vice president and chief information and technology officer. Leetz also serves on Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater Northwest Indiana’s board of directors.

“Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater Northwest Indiana’s mission is to inspire kids in the community to be their best, and we are happy to support the work they’re doing,” Leetz said. “At Peoples Bank, our mission is to help our customers and communities be more successful. Partnering with the Boys & Girls Club enables us to fulfill that mission.”

Community First has been fundraising and donating to service organizations for over 25 years, donating hundreds of thousands of dollars in that time. The committee has also donated to Haven House, Legacy Foundation, Food Bank of Northwest Indiana, Opportunity Enterprises, and more.

 Additionally, Peoples Bank was a sponsor of Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater Northwest Indiana’s Christmas to Remember event in December. Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater Northwest Indiana president and CEO Ryan Smiley said that the funds will go toward the organization’s operating budget.

“We couldn’t be more appreciative of Peoples Bank and the Community First committee,” Smiley said. “We know the outstanding work they do in the community, and for them to choose our organization to receive this donation is an honor.”

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