Marquette Bank Animal Awareness Team members led efforts to collect more than 250 pet-related items during the bank’s third annual Animal Awareness Drive. | Supplied photo
Updated: July 17, 2013 6:03AM
Marquette Bank, a locally owned neighborhood bank, recently completed its third Animal Awareness Drive, an employee-led initiative to raise awareness of challenges facing animals and local animal shelters.
Bank employees generated more than $1,200 in donations and collected more than 250 pet items to benefit local animal rescue organizations.
“Our employees continue to show their love and support for animals by donating to our Animal Awareness Drive,” employee and drive organizer Cheryl Erwin said. “As a neighborhood bank, we know that it is important to help out the people in our communities, but we are also aware that local animal shelters need our assistance as well.”
Employees donated pet-related items including food, blankets, leashes, collars, cat litter and toys. They raised money by taking part in bankwide “Jeans Days,” hosting a bake sale and participating in Marquette Bank’s Employee Pet Photo Contest. Employees paid an entry fee to submit photos of their pets and the winner of the “Picture Perfect Pet” was selected through an employee vote. Coco, a poodle belonging to Pulaski-branch employee Marisol Guzman, won the contest.
Bank employees also held a pet adoption event at Marquette Bank’s Aurora branch in March and volunteered at the Mardi Gras for PAWS event held at 115 Bourbon Street in Merrionette Park.
All items collected during the drive were donated to the following local organizations: Animal Welfare League, Chicago Ridge; Heavenly Orphans Rescue, Chicago Ridge; PAWS Chicago; PAWS Tinley Park; and Reach Out Rescue, Oak Lawn.
The annual drive is part of the Marquette Neighborhood Commitment. Each quarter, the bank focuses on a different area of need in the community.
For more information, call (888) 254-9500 or visit www.emarquettebank.com.