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Centier Bank Presents Record $52,000 Gift to United Way

January 28, 2021

MERRILLVILLE, Ind. —Centier Bank recently presented $52,000 gift to United Way of Lake and Porter counties as part of its United Way Workplace Campaign. Centier Bank associate contributions and a corporate gift made this year’s total the highest on record. Over 600,000 individuals throughout the state will benefit from the funds, helping serve more 100 local United Way programs.

Each year, Indiana United Way Agencies work to improve lives across the globe by mobilizing the caring power of communities to advance the common good. For the past several years, Centier Bank has partnered with United Way chapters across the state, resulting in the advancement of initiatives designed to impact thousands of families and individuals in need.

The donation supports the United Way organizations in the 11 counties in which Centier serves, including Lake, Porter, La Porte, St. Joseph, Elkhart, Marshall, Allen, Tippecanoe, Boone, Marion, and Hamilton counties. 

Lisa Daugherty, CEO and President of Lake Area United Way, said the organization is extremely grateful for the Centier Bank partnership, which continues to grow every year.  

“Through volunteer engagement and workplace campaign giving, Centier’s generous associates are helping families thrive by providing basic needs supports and access to quality childcare and better paying jobs,” she explained. “Knowing COVID amplified these needs, Centier employees stepped up and delivered their best campaign yet.” 

Anthony Contrucci, Vice President of Community Relations, said the bank’s annual donation to local United Way organizations is something Centier associates are enthusiastic to participate in and proud to be a part of. 

“It’s our privilege as a community bank to bring our associates across the state together for the common goal of giving to those in need,” Contrucci explained. “Centier aims to bring remarkable experiences through our Servant Heart Culture—and not just inside of our branches, but throughout our communities."

Kim Olesker, CEO and President of United Way of Porter County, said this donation will help the community at a time when they need it most.

“What we know is that there is a greater amount of need and those who are able to give and support will be helping to feed families or keep the lights on or keep them in their homes,” Olesker said. “United Way is grateful for this support and partnership with Centier.”

In past years, Centier Bank has hosted the Lake Area United Way’s Over the Edge rappelling event, but due to gathering restrictions as a result of the pandemic, the event did not take place last year.

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