CHICAGO, June 17, 2015 /PRNewswire/ -- Fifth Third Bank (Chicago) today received the prestigious Community Service Award from the Illinois Bankers Association (IBA) for its many efforts to help the communities it serves, especially through its "Honoring Our Veterans" campaign. The IBA is a trade association dedicated to fostering a favorable business climate for the banking industry in Illinois. The award announcement came during the IBA's Annual Conference at the Peoria Civic Center and Peoria Marriott Pere Marquette.
Utilizing an integrated mix of public relations, marketing, earned media relations, social media and internal communications, Fifth Third Bank's efforts to help provide veterans and military families with college scholarships, care packages, house remodeling, free pet adoptions, and training for support dogs, culminated on Veterans Day, when more than 200 veterans received either jobs or solid job leads at the Bank's *first-of-its-kind* Hiring Fair for veterans.
"The Illinois Bankers Association created our 'Community Service Award' 13 years ago to recognize those Illinois banks that truly stand out as cornerstones of their communities. Our selection committee of bankers and business leaders was very impressed with the community efforts of Fifth Third Bank, especially for their extensive involvement with the military and veterans," said Illinois Bankers Association President and CEO Linda Koch.
"Fifth Third Bank greatly appreciates this honor. We have a distinguished history of working to help our communities through a number of initiatives in the areas of hunger relief, cancer research, and financial literacy and empowerment. We're especially pleased to be recognized for our tireless work to honor our veterans and military families, who need assistance on a number of fronts, especially when it comes to job and educational opportunities," said Robert A. Sullivan, President and CEO of Fifth Third Bank Chicago. "To be recognized by our peers as a financial institution that goes "above and beyond" in service to its community is both gratifying and humbling."
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About Fifth Third Bank: Fifth Third Bancorp is a diversified financial services company headquartered in Cincinnati, Ohio. As of March 31, 2015, the Company had $140 billion in assets and operated 15 affiliates with 1,303 full-service Banking Centers, including 101 Bank Mart® locations, most open seven days a week, inside select grocery stores and 2,637 ATMs in Ohio, Kentucky, Indiana, Michigan, Illinois, Florida, Tennessee, West Virginia, Pennsylvania, Missouri, Georgia and North Carolina. Fifth Third operates four main businesses: Commercial Banking, Branch Banking, Consumer Lending, and Investment Advisors. Fifth Third also has a 22.8% interest in Vantiv Holding, LLC. Fifth Third is among the largest money managers in the Midwest and, as of March 31, 2015, had $308 billion in assets under care, of which it managed $27 billion for individuals, corporations and not-for-profit organizations. Investor information and press releases can be viewed at www.53.com. Fifth Third's common stock is traded on the NASDAQ® Global Select Market under the symbol "FITB." Fifth Third Bank was established in 1858. Member FDIC. Equal Housing Lender.
About the Illinois Banking Association: The Illinois Bankers Association, the voice of Illinois' banking industry, is a full-service trade association dedicated to creating a positive business climate that benefits the entire banking industry and the communities they serve. Founded in 1891, the IBA brings together state and national banks and savings banks that together employ well over 100,000 people in nearly 5,000 offices across the state. The IBA is proud of its diverse membership, serving all sizes of financial institutions from the smallest community bank in the state to the largest national bank in the country. One-quarter of IBA members have assets of $100 million or less. Illinois headquartered banks and savings institutions safeguard more than $341.5 billion in deposits and extend more than $225.8 billion in loans to consumers and businesses.