Peoples Bank recently partnered with several United Way offices in Ohio, West Virginia, and Kentucky, to create an exciting holiday card contest for elementary age children.
The holiday card contest was a first for Peoples Bank.
"We wanted to try something different with our corporate holiday card and really showcase our deep appreciation for the communities we're part of," said Chuck Sulerzyski, Peoples' President and CEO. "The holiday card contest was the perfect opportunity to feature the art and imagination of children and engage entire communities. The card is extra special this year."
Children age 6-11 (or in grades 1-5) were asked to draw and submit their favorite holiday memory. More than 240 entries were received. Peoples Bank narrowed the selection to eight semi-finalists. Artwork was then posted to the company's Facebook page where the public voted for their six favorite designs. Peoples Bank ultimately selected one design to use as its corporate holiday card.
The top six designs are available to purchase as a box set for $10 (supplies limited) at any Peoples Bank location and the following United Way offices: United Way of Northeast Kentucky, United Way of Guernsey & Noble Counties, United Way of Muskingum, Perry & Morgan Counties, United Way of Fairfield, and United Way of Washington County.
All proceeds from the purchased cards will go directly to supporting the United Way in each community. In addition, Peoples Bank is making a $250 donation to each participating United Way.
Each semi-finalist was awarded a $25 gift card to Toys R Us and each finalist received a framed copy of his or her art.
"Peoples Bank is a long-time advocate of the United Way because it touches so many different organizations. We were thrilled to provide something extra for their holiday stockings this year," said Sulerzyski. "The feedback has been extremely positive and we anticipate continuing the program in the future."