Kansas Children's Service League wins national award

News from the Kansas Children’s Service League For more information: Jason Green, Marketing & Public Relations Specialist Voice: 877-530-5275 ext.1314; Mobile: 316-393-5908; E-mail: jgreen@kcsl.org

The Bank of the West Philanthropy Awards Present $210,000 in Grants to the Kansas Children’s Service League and Other Winning Nonprofits

Wichita – November 16, 2012 – Bank of the West awarded $210,000 in cash grants during its third annual Philanthropy Awards program that took place in San Francisco on November 13.

The Kansas Children’s Service League (KCSL) was nominated by KCSL Board Chairman, Brad Heyen, who is also a Vice President for Bank of the West in Wichita, KS. “I nominated KCSL because I’m proud of the prevention work they do for kids,” said Heyen. “I was adopted through KCSL in 1965, and the impact they have had on me and countless other children and families for nearly 120 years is tremendous.”

There were 300 nominations submitted. Out of the nominees, 9 finalists were selected, including KCSL. Each finalist had a video produced about the work that they do in their respective communities. Visit www.youtube.com/kcsl100 to watch the video about KCSL.

One laureate and two finalists were named in 3 different categories; Innovation in Philanthropy, Community Impact, and Team Member Commitment. KCSL was the recipient of the Team Member Commitment award and received a cash grant of $50,000.

The Team Member Commitment award recognizes a nonprofit in honor of a Bank of the West team member whose leadership has significantly advanced the organization’s mission and inspired fellow team members. “We are truly honored to receive this prestigious award,” said Dona Booe, KCSL President/CEO. “We strive to make a difference in our communities everyday through the work that we do, and the support we’ve received from this award will allow us to continue to effectively serve Kansas children and families.”

The Philanthropy Awards program represents one component of Bank of the West’s dedication to engaging its financial and human resources to improve its communities. Nominations for the Team Member Commitment Awards were submitted by Bank of the West employees. The winners and finalists were chosen by an independent committee of the bank’s foundation leaders.

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The Kansas Children’s Service League is a statewide not-for-profit agency with nearly 120 years of experience keeping kids safe and strengthening families in Kansas. KCSL serves more than 40,000 children and their families each year through a variety of community-based and child abuse prevention programs. KCSL’s mission is to protect and promote the well-being of children. Learn more at www.kcsl.org.

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