Friday, April 15, 2011: Timothy G. Marshall, President & CEO, announced the kick-off of Round 2 for the Sweet 15 Local Charity Drive. Fifteen nonprofits who received the most votes in Round 1 are advancing to Round 2 where they will compete to earn a share of up to $75,000.
“Congratulations to the 15 organizations who worked very hard to rally their supporters. We are delighted with the overwhelming community response in Round 1 and humbled by the number of positive comments from thousands of people associated with all of the wonderful nonprofit organizations eligible to participate,” said Marshall. “We truly appreciate all the effort and energy so many have put into the competition to help give the bank direction on how the community wants to distribute the Sweet 15 proceeds in honor of our 15 year anniversary”.
The organizations in Round 2 of the Sweet 15 Local Charity Drive are:
Down Syndrome Support Team
Friends of Ann Arbor Skatepark
Friends of Fiddlers Restrung
Honey Creek Community School
Humane Society of Huron Valley
Michigan Interscholastic Forensic Association
Midwest Eye Banks
Perry Nursery School
Plymouth Canton Music Boosters
Ronald McDonald House of Ann Arbor
The Women’s Center of Southeastern Michigan
Round 1 of the Sweet 15 event ended on April 12 at midnight. Facebook users were invited to “Like” Bank of Ann Arbor’s Facebook page and then vote for a favorite charity from a list of 600 local charities. 76,428 votes were cast for 399 nonprofits by 13,999 Facebook users. Bank of Ann Arbor’s Facebook page has grown from 279 “likes” to over 16,350 during Round 1.
Round 2 begins at 9:00am on Friday, April 15, 2011. Marshall will discuss Round 1 results and give further insight as to how Round 2 works on the Martin Bandyke morning show on 107.1FM at approximately 7:30AM on Friday morning. Round 2 requires users to submit the week’s fun stuff challenge in order to vote. A new fun stuff challenge will be released every Friday for fifteen weeks. Each time a user submits, up to one time per day, a fun stuff challenge then $5.15 goes into the Sweet 15 fund. Users can then vote, up to one time per day, for their favorite charity from the list of 15 to receive a share of the funds. Round 2 will end on July 31, 2011.
Bank of Ann Arbor’s Sweet 15 Local Charity Drive, is a Facebook application created to donate up to $75,000 to 15 local non-profit organizations. The Sweet 15 Local Charity Drive combines Bank of Ann Arbor's long time support for the non-profit community with the celebration of our 15-year anniversary. Complete information on Bank of Ann Arbor's Sweet 15 is available at www.facebook.com/bankofannarbor or www.boaa.com/sweet15.