Fifth Third Bank Receives Prestigious Governor's Volunteer Service Award

Honors Bank's Ongoing Veterans Campaign

May 05, 2014, 11:26 ET from Fifth Third Bank (Chicago)

CHICAGO, May 5, 2014 /PRNewswire/ -- Fifth Third Bank (Chicago) was recently honored by Illinois Governor Pat Quinn and the Serve Illinois Commission with the Illinois Governor's Volunteer Service Award.  The awards recognize individual volunteers and volunteer programs through a statewide award program designed to highlight the importance of volunteerism and community service in the State of Illinois.  The bank was nominated by the USO of Illinois.

Bank representatives were in attendance last week during a ceremony at the Executive Mansion in Springfield, Ill. to collect the award in the Business Category for Northeast Illinois.  The Governor's Volunteer Service Awards focus on economic opportunity, education, environmental conservation, disaster preparedness and response and health and veterans affairs, across five service regions in Illinois. 

Since 2011, Fifth Third Bank's employee-led Veterans campaign has provided educational scholarships to family members of wounded or killed soldiers, raising in excess of $300,000 through the Folds of Honor Foundation.  The campaign also includes extensive volunteer efforts throughout the bank's footprint at local veterans homes, organizations, and VA hospitals, including sponsoring dogs through War Dogs Making it Home, which pairs rescue dogs with veterans suffering from PTSD or traumatic brain injury. The ongoing, year long effort culminates with a Veterans Day of Appreciation Event at Chicago's famed Union Station where employees give up the so-called "banker's holiday' as a day on - assembling care packages for service men and women serving in Afghanistan in concert with The Heart of A Marine Foundation, fundraise, host a rally to honor all who've served, and more.

"Giving back to the communities in which we live and work is at the heart of everything we do at Fifth Third Bank and being able to demonstrate our gratitude to our veterans through our fundraising campaign and related events has been an immense privilege for us," said Robert A. Sullivan, President & CEO, Fifth Third Bank (Chicago).  "We are honored to receive this prestigious recognition acknowledging our heartfelt interest in making a difference."

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