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FifthThirdBankFifth Third Bank of Eastern Michigan is awarding a total of $26,500 in grants to 50 nonprofit organizations located throughout southeast Michigan. Each organization was awarded a $530 grant and was nominated by Fifth Third Bank employees who volunteer there.

The program, named Employee Involvement Grants, is part of an annual holiday unique to Fifth Third Bank, which is Fifth Third Day or 5/3 on the calendar. It is a time when the bank honors its customers, community and colleagues in a week-long celebration called the Fifth Third Week of Giving. The idea is to give back to those who have given so much to the success of Fifth Third Bank.

“Fifth Third Bank’s brand and name provide us with an opportunity to have our own holiday, which involves thanking customers, recognizing employees and supporting the communities we serve”, said David Girodat, President and CEO, Fifth Third Bank Eastern Michigan. “Fifth Third Day is a reflection of our purpose statement…to listen to customers and to inspire them with smart financial solutions that continually improve their lives and the well being of our communities,” he concluded.

The grants will be distributed during check presentations in several small ceremonies including the nonprofit and the employee at financial centers around southeast Michigan during the two weeks leading up to Fifth Third Day. The organizations receiving the $530 grants are:

· Adoption Associates, Inc.

· AFS Michigan Team

· Algonac Youth Football and Cheerleading League

· American Red Cross – Washtenaw/Lenawee Chapter

· Berkley Dads Club

· Carman Cougar Charities Corporation

· Chelsea Education Foundation

· City of Grosse Pointe Foundation

· Denby High School

· Dining With God

· Ele’s Place – Ann Arbor

· Every Second Counts Optimist Club of Waterford

· Farmington United Gymnastics Booster Club

· Ferndale Fur Traders

· Frederick Douglass International Academy

· Girls on the Run of Southeastern Michigan

· Hearing Loss Association of Michigan

· Holy Family Clothes Closet

· Institute for Population Health

· International Technology Academy Partnerships for Education Council

· Jack and Jill of America, Inc.-Ypsilanti Chapter

· Judson Center

· Kappa Alpha Psi Detroit Alumni

· Korean American Community of Metro Detroit

· L’Anse Creuse Schools Foundation – Tenniswood Tiger Roaring Runners Club

· Lara Rutan Endowed Scholarship Fund at Wayne State University

· Linden/Fenton MOMS Club

· Living Word Church of God

· Livonia Kiwanis

· Love Inc

· Lyon Area Rotary

· Macomb County Habitat for Humanity

· McLaren Hospitality House

· Niji-Iro Japanese Immersion Elementary School

· North West Oakland Optimist Club

· Our Lady of Victory

· Pet Adoption Alternative of Warren

· Port Huron Elks #343

· Port Huron Museum

· Reaching Higher

· Royal Oak Sandlot League

· SandCastles

· Shelter to Home Animal Rescue

· Soroptimist of The Flat Rock Area

· Spring of Life Community Church

· St Clair County Child Abuse/Neglect Council

· Trenton Business Association

· Trenton Rotary

· Water Warriors Mackinaw Ride/ Special Olympics Michigan

· Wayne County Citizens Nutrition Program

Fifth Third Bank has been awarding Employee Involvement Grants since 2009. Media wishing to inquire about check presentation ceremonies may contact Eric Younan at 248-603-0706 or eric.younan@53.com to make arrangements.

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