CHICAGO, May 18, 2016 /PRNewswire/ -- On Saturday, May 14, 2016, more than 50 FirstMerit Bank employees, friends, families, customers and Chicago business partners cleaned up two Chicago beaches, removing trash and spreading more than 80 yards of mulch in time for summer crowds. Combining community service with fun, some lucky volunteers received tickets to Windy City LakeShake at the FirstMerit Pavilion at Northerly Island June 17 – 19 and every volunteer received Live Nation concert cash. The bank also donated $10,000 to the Chicago Park District.
FirstMerit partnered with Windy City LakeShake, Live Nation, NBC Chicago (WMAQ-TV5), US99 and KHits radio to bring this event to the Chicago Park District.
"With FirstMerit Bank Pavilion at Northerly Island in the heart of the Chicago Parks District, it seemed like a natural fit for these organizations to come together to recruit volunteers to help cleanup the Chicago Park District for those who visit this summer," said David Taylor, Senior Vice President, FirstMerit PrivateBank Regional Executive.
Live Nation's commitment to the Parks and Chicago is similar to that of FirstMerit Bank. "We're so thankful to the city of Chicago for embracing Country LakeShake and this is our way of giving back," said Brian O' Connell, Live Nation President of Country Touring. "As a native Chicagoan myself, the city means the world to me, and we're honored to be a part of this initiative."
The $10,000 donation will be used to support Park District Programs. "The Chicago Park District is committed to creating and maintaining beautiful spaces that promote both active recreation and leisure use," said Raffi Sarrafian, Chicago Park District Chief Administrative Officer. "Our task is made possible with the help of patrons who donate their time to great initiatives like Windy City Cleanup and with support from thoughtful contributors like FirstMerit Bank."
FirstMerit Corporation is a diversified financial services company headquartered in Akron, Ohio, with assets of approximately $26.1 billion as of March 31, 2016, and 368 banking offices and 400 ATM locations in Ohio, Michigan, Wisconsin, Illinois and Pennsylvania. FirstMerit provides a complete range of banking and other financial services to consumers and businesses through its core operations. Principal affiliates include: FirstMerit Bank, N.A. and FirstMerit Mortgage Corporation.
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