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Kids America voted winner of Peoples Bank giveaway

| March 9, 2015
Winner: Kids America was the winning charity in the Peoples Bank Building a Stronger Community - $10K Charity Giveaway. Pictured from left are: Phil Hunt from Peoples Bank, Sue Renner-Miller from Kids America and Todd Brown, who also is from Peoples Bank. Photo contributed to The Beacon

Winner: Kids America was the winning charity in the Peoples Bank Building a Stronger Community – $10K Charity Giveaway. Pictured from left are: Phil Hunt from Peoples Bank, Sue Renner-Miller from Kids America and Todd Brown, who also is from Peoples Bank. Photo contributed to The Beacon

COSHOCTON – Peoples Bank recently announced that Kids America was the winning charity in the Building a Stronger Community – $10K Charity Giveaway. As an added bonus, Peoples Bank gave away $5,000 to one lucky voter – Frances Russ of Newark.

More than 48,000 total votes were cast. The Kids America Indoor Sports Venue (Coshocton) earned the most votes to become the grand prize-winner. The Tuscarawas County Humane Society (Dover), Knox County Humane Society (Mount Vernon), Licking County Family YMCA (Lancaster), and United Way of Licking County (Newark) were runners-up and each received $1,000.

Kids America in Coshocton provides an indoor sports complex in which community members play sports and maintain fitness year-round in a safe, clean, and fun environment. Kids America provides essential services, facilities, and programs necessary for the positive development of the Coshocton community. Kids America also provides a scholarship program called Help Kids Play, which gives youth the chance to participate in programs that they would otherwise be unable to join due to economic hardships.

In November and December, Peoples Bank accepted nominations online and at Peoples Bank branches for deserving charities in the Heath, Coshocton, Mt. Vernon, Newark and New Philadelphia communities. Five charities, one representing each community, were selected as semi-finalists.

The public was then invited to vote for one of the five charities between Jan. 2 and Feb. 28 online at www.WorkingTogetherBuildingSuccess.com, or at designated Peoples Bank branches and various locations in the community.

“We’re committed to making a difference and strengthening the communities within this region,” said Todd Brown, Peoples Bank VP Commercial Banking. “This giveaway is particularly exciting because it allowed the local community to be involved and help make a difference together. Our wish was for this donation to be given to the community from the community.”

To view a video from the check presentation, click here.

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