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Centier donates $10,000 for hurricane relief

Centier Bank's corporate center in Merrillville. 

Centier Bank donated $10,000 to the American Red Cross's relief efforts after Hurricanes Harvey, Maria, and Irma devastated Texas, Florida and Puerto Rico.

“The Red Cross would like to thank Centier Bank, its associates, and their clients in their fundraising efforts to support our hurricane relief efforts,” said Kristin Marlow-Kellemen, executive director for the American Red Cross – Northwest Indiana Chapter. “Donations like these have helped us to provide 1.3 million overnight stays in emergency shelters, served more than 10.5 million meals and snacks, distributed more than 6 million emergency relief items like diapers, bug spray, cleaning supplies, coolers, and comfort kits containing deodorant, toothbrushes, toothpaste and other hygiene items. We know there is still a great deal of work ahead of us, and we will continue to stand with the individuals and families impacted, for as long as it takes.”

The family-owned Merrillville-based bank raised $9,000 from clients and workers at its 60 branches across Indiana. Centier's Board of Directors decided to kick in another $1,000 to bring the total to an even $10,000.

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"It is humbling to witness how the Centier family rallied is this time of need. Our employees did a wonderful job of taking the lead with this great idea to support the victims of the hurricanes. I feel that this genuine gesture truly embodies the caring nature of our culture here at Centier," said Anthony Contrucci, Vice President of Community Relations and Business Development at Centier Bank. “I’m proud to be on a team with people who are making a positive impact on the communities that we serve as well as those communities in need.”

Centier Bank also was recently named Corporate Philanthropist of the Year by the Northwest Indiana Chapter of the Association of Fundraising Professionals. President and CEO Mike Schrage said the ongoing philanthropy reflects the bank's core value of "caring."

“It is no surprise to me that our associates and clients came out in full force to support the communities impacted by the hurricanes,” Schrage said. “The entire Centier family is dedicated to providing care and support to those in need; though we are an Indiana bank, I am proud to say that our reach extends well beyond the State and the communities we serve in times like these.”

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