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Peoples Bank Foundation gives $25K for COVID-19 relief

MARIETTA — The Peoples Bank Foundation has donated $25,000 to the Foundation for Appalachian Ohio for pandemic relief efforts through the Appalachian Ohio Emergency Response Fund.

“In these difficult times, Peoples Bank is doing everything it can to help clients, employees and communities. We are delighted to partner with the Foundation for Appalachian Ohio and their efforts to bring relief to Appalachian Ohio,” said Chuck Sulerzyski, Peoples Bank’s president and chief executive officer.

The Foundation for Appalachian Ohio was appreciative.

“We’re very grateful for Peoples Bank Foundation’s generous gift to the Appalachian Ohio Emergency Response Fund,” said Cara Dingus Brook, president and CEO of the Foundation for Appalachian Ohio. “The gift from Peoples Bank Foundation will be a true help to those in need of meals, medical supplies and other essential items. Our thanks is on behalf of all of the nonprofits who will benefit, and we, along with Peoples Bank, want those nonprofits to know how grateful we are for their leadership during this unprecedented time.”

The donation makes possible a gift to support the foundation’s I’m a Child of Appalachia Fund, with a dollar-for-dollar match from funds in the budget for the State of Ohio. The I’m a Child of Appalachia Fund is an endowment designed to meet the greatest needs and opportunities in communities in the region for generations to come, Dingus Brook said.

“In this way, Peoples Bank Foundation is helping meet our region’s greatest needs today and tomorrow,” she said.

For more information about the Foundation for Appalachian Ohio’s Appalachian Ohio Emergency Response Fund, how eligible 501(c)(3) nonprofits and public organizations may request funding or to support the fund with a gift, go to AppalachianOhio.org/Coronavirus or contact FAO at 740.753.1111 or listening@ffao.org.

Peoples Bank is based in Marietta. The Foundation for Appalachian Ohio serves 32 counties in Appalachian Ohio.

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