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Marquete Bank Employees Donate to Local Animal Welfare League

Members of Marquette Bank Employee Animal Awareness Team led efforts to collect pet-related items during Marquette Bank’s Neighborhood Animal Awareness Drive.

Members of Marquette Bank Employee Animal Awareness Team led efforts to collect pet-related items during Marquette Bank’s Neighborhood Animal Awareness Drive.

Marquette Bank, a locally-owned neighborhood bank, recently wrapped up its 2nd Annual Neighborhood Animal Awareness Drive. The purpose of this employee-led drive was to raise awareness of challenges facing animals and local animal shelters. Overall, Bank employees generated almost $900 in donations from fellow employees and collected more than 410 pet items including food, blankets, leashes, collars, litter and pet toys. Donated items and funds were given to the Animal Welfare League of Chicago Ridge.

“We started the Animal Awareness Drive last year after seeing an increased need at local animal shelters due to current economic conditions,” said Cheryl Erwin, Marquette Bank employee and Animal Awareness Drive Chairperson. “We are happy to see that so many of our employees care for animals and were able to donate to help this great cause.”

During the Animal Awareness efforts, Marquette Bank employees were encouraged to donate pet-related items and participate in fundraising activities. Employees raised money by taking part in bankwide jeans days, a bake sale, chili cook-off or by entering photos of their own pets in a Marquette Bank Pet Photo Contest. Entry fees for the photo contest went towards the Animal Awareness Drive and the winning photo of the “Picture Perfect Pet” was selected through a popular vote by all employees. Other pet photo winners in categories such as “Top Dog,” “Purrfect Kitty,” and “Most Unique” were chosen by a committee of senior managers. The Bank also held two pet adoption events at its Romeoville and Oak Forest locations in March.

Nearly ninety pet photos were entered in the contest and the winners were:
• Picture Perfect Pet – Molly – Poodle – Owner: Carmella Sgrignoli
• Top Dog – Emerald Isle – Golden Retriever – Owner: Patricia Carlin
• Purrfect Kitty – Jasmine – Domestic Cat – Owner: Christy Garcia
• Most Unique – Madison – Half Moon Conure – Owner: Teresa Yanez
• Best Dressed – Hailey and Ruby – Owner: Debra Grant
• Sleeping Beauty – Zoey – Beagle – Owner: Nina Sonsikoski

Marquette Bank’s Neighborhood Animal Awareness Drive is part of the Marquette Neighborhood Commitment where each quarter the Bank focuses on a different area of need – shelter, hunger, education and health/wellness. For more information about Marquette Bank and its Neighborhood Commitment, 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 1-888-254-9500.

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