The Kane County Cougars, in conjunction with Fifth Third Bank, are celebrating the latter's namesake holiday, May 3rd, by joining forces to conduct an area-wide food drive. The campaign named "Strike Out Hunger" will occur as follows:
• Between April 18 and May 3, attendees of Cougars home games will be asked to collect food and bring it to Fifth Third Bank Ballpark (34W002 Cherry Lane, Geneva, IL 60134). Each fan who donates one or more food items will receive one ticket voucher good for any 2013 game.
• During this same time period, Fifth Third Bank employees throughout Chicagoland and Northwest Indiana will raise money to benefit Vital Bridges Grocery Centers of Heartland Health Outreach program and the Northwest Indiana Food Bank.
"Everyone at Fifth Third Bank takes great personal pride in this company and all the wonderful things it represents," said Fifth Third Bank (Chicago) president & CEO Robert A. Sullivan. "Our company's culture and our core values are all singularly focused on serving the needs of our customers in the communities in which we serve and do business, and as such our interest in helping local food banks is perfectly aligned."
The "Strike Out Hunger" food drive campaign will culminate in a special evening on May 3 at Fifth Third Bank Ballpark, home of the Cougars, when 53,000 meals will be officially donated to the Northern Illinois Food Bank. This day was chosen as May 3rd is the bank's so-called holiday (the date of 5/3 representing the bank's name, branding and logo).
"In working together with Fifth Third Bank, we are calling on all fans to help reach our goal of donating 53,000 meals for the Northern Illinois Food Bank," said Curtis Haug, Cougars General Manager. "We're thrilled to welcome fans to Fifth Third Bank Ballpark for a special night on 5/3 Day as we lend a hand to help less fortunate people in our communities."
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