Peoples Bank asks residents to help charity

PARKERSBURG – Peoples Bank is encouraging the community to help make 2013 a year to remember for a local charity.

Building on its new brand theme, “Working Together. Building Success,” Peoples Bank will donate $10,000 to a charity as part of its Building a Stronger Community – $10K Charity Giveaway program.

In December, Peoples Bank accepted nominations of charities in Wood County online and at the Grand Central Mall. Numerous nominations were submitted and four charities were selected as finalists for the next round.

Charities selected were the Camden Clark Foundation Cancer Center, the Friendship Kitchen, the Humane Society of Parkersburg and the Salvation Army of Parkersburg.

The public is encouraged to vote for one of the four charities online at or at a Peoples Bank office in Wood County.

As an incentive, Peoples Bank will give away a new car to a lucky voter. Every time someone votes, they are automatically entered to win a 2013 Ford Focus.

Individuals may vote once per day and must be at least 18 years old. Voting ends at 11:59 p.m. March 31.

The Humane Society will use the money for a spay and neutering program. The Friendship Kitchen at the North Parkersburg Baptist Church will use the contribution to provide healthy meals.

The Salvation Army plans to upgrade a 38-bed shelter. The Camden Clark Foundation will use the money for free cancer screenings in the community.

“We’re committed to making a difference and strengthening the communities within Wood County,” said Patrick Bryan, a Peoples Bank vice president. “This giveaway is particularly exciting because it allows the local community to be involved and help make a difference together. We want this donation to be given to the community from the community.”

The online voting site profiles each of the four charities and provides a brief explanation of how the $10,000 donation will make a positive and lasting impact on the organization. The winning charity and grand prize winner of the 2013 Ford Focus will be presented their winnings in April during the grand opening celebration of the new Peoples Bank Vienna location at 1102 Grand Central Ave.

The car and charity giveaway details are on display at the Grand Central Mall. To learn more about the contest rules and to vote, visit