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Banking on your vote: Sterling Federal asks for public’s help in divvying up $35K to charities

STERLING – Here’s a bank that let’s employees put its money where their hearts are.

Sterling Federal Bank is giving away $35,000 to three of 10 local charities, chosen by its employees – and by you.

Every year for a long time now, bank workers have gotten together and chosen local charities that will get donations from the bank. This year, “they’re taking it to the next level,” said Cindy Friesen, Sterling Fed’s executive secretary and director.

The employees chose 10 charities, the bank posted them online, and folks can vote once a day through March 31 on the bank’s Facebook page for their favorites. The top three vote-getters will get $20,000, $10,000 and $5,000, respectively.

The winners will be revealed at 5:30 p.m. April 14 at Sauk Valley Community College.

The plan is to make this premier Employee Charity Challenge an annual event, Friesen said.

The bank, with branches in Sterling, Dixon, Rock Falls, Morrison, Mount Morris, and Clinton Iowa, is spreading the love around the region. The charities are:

• Benevolent Society of Clinton, Iowa, which provides food, clothing and job and shelter referrals for people throughout the region.

• Big Brothers/Big Sisters of Clinton County, Iowa, which serves the Sauk Valley.

• Community Christmas for Children, a Sterling-based charity.

• Happy Tails Humane Society, a no-kill animal shelter based in Rock Falls.

• Home of Hope Cancer Wellness Center, based in Dixon.

• Kreider Services, in Dixon, which works with the developmentally disabled, providing life skills teaching and job training.

• Pads Homeless Shelter, which serves men, women and families in Sterling.

• Pegasus Special Riders in Oregon, which provides therapeutic horseback riding and other animal activities for people with physical and mental disabilities.

• Rock River Hospice & Home, based in Sterling.

• Village of Progress Inc., which also works with the developmentally disabled, providing life skills teaching and job training, in Oregon.

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