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Marquette Bank Employees Support Local Shelter Organizations Through Volunteer Efforts

To help raise money for various shelter organizations, employees at Marquette Bank had an employee Chili Cook-off.

To help raise money for various shelter organizations, employees at Marquette Bank had an employee Chili Cook-off.

Marquette Bank, a locally-owned neighborhood bank, completed fundraising and volunteer activities to support local shelter organizations during January, February and March of 2012. Through the Marquette Neighborhood Commitment, the Bank assisted 16 shelter and welfare organizations with employee fundraisers, coat and shoe drives, donations and volunteer projects.

Each year, the Marquette Neighborhood Commitment gives back to the community in specific areas of need including shelter, hunger, education and health/wellness. During the first quarter, the Marquette Neighborhood Commitment focused its efforts on shelter organizations resulting in more than 600 volunteer hours, over $7,000 in employee donated funds and over 1,300 meals prepared for the shelter guests.

“Shelters serve as a safety net in our communities, helping those in crisis and supporting those who are chronically homeless. Our employees recognize the importance of shelter organizations in our neighborhoods and they are committed to helping however they can.” said Betty Kosky-Harn, Executive Vice President. “We would like to thank all of our employees who donated their time and money to help those in need.”

Fundraising activities during the Shelter Quarter included a Neighborhood Shoe Drive, bake sale, pancake breakfast, chili cook-off, employee jeans days and a pet supply drive. Employees and family members also volunteered at Share your Soles, a non-profit organization that gives donated shoes to those in need, as well as preparing lunches and dinners at the South Suburban PADS (Public Action to Deliver Shelter) and cooking dinner for over one hundred guests at the St. Blasé Supper Kitchen.

Additionally, Bank employees filled over 200 Easter Baskets with donated candy and small toys for the Port Ministries in Chicago, which were distributed to less fortunate children on the south side of Chicago. The Bank also donated an iPad to the Pediatric Rehabilitation Services Department at Advocate Hope Children’s Hospital in Oak Lawn, to be used with patients who are unable to speak due to injury or illness. The Bank also held a special fundraiser for the victims of the Leap Day tornados in Southern Illinois.

Organizations receiving assistance during Marquette Bank’s Shelter Quarter included:
• Advocate Hope Children’s Hospital in Oak Lawn
• Animal Welfare League of Chicago Ridge
• American Red Cross
• Crisis Center For South Suburbia in Tinley Park
• Guardian Angel Community Services in Joliet
• Hope 4 Paws Rescue in Plainfield
• The Heavenly Orphans Project in Chicago Ridge
• NAWS in Mokena
• Olive Branch Mission in Chicago
• Pet Animal Welfare Society (PAWS) of Tinley Park
• The Port Ministries
• Share Your Soles Foundation in Alsip
• South Suburban PADS (Public Action to Deliver Shelter) in Chicago Ridge
• Southwest Chicago PADS in Chicago
• Su Casa Shelter in Chicago
• Together We Cope in Tinley Park

For more information about the Marquette Neighborhood Commitment or more about the Bank, please call 1-888-254-9500 or visit

About Marquette Bank:
Marquette National Corporation is a $1.7 billion diversified financial holding company for Marquette Bank. Marquette Bank has been a locally-operated bank providing personalized banking service since 1945. Marquette Bank is a full-service, customer-focused neighborhood bank that serves the financial needs of Chicagoland communities, offering an extensive line of financial products including retail banking, mortgages, trust and business banking, free Online Bill Pay and free Automated Telephone Banking. Marquette Bank’s retail branches are located in Chicago, Aurora, Bolingbrook, Bridgeview, Evergreen Park, Hickory Hills, Lemont, New Lenox, Oak Lawn, Oak Forest, Orland Park, Romeoville and Summit, Illinois. Marquette Bank customers have convenient free access to over 43,000 Allpoint and Starsf ATMs worldwide.

Marquette Bank is an Equal Opportunity Lender, Equal Housing Lender and Member FDIC. Follow Marquette Bank on Twitter or like the Bank on Facebook for special offers and news. For more information visit: or call

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