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Fifth Third joins Kane County Cougars for food drive

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CHICAGO -- Fifth Third Bank (Chicago) will celebrate its namesake birthday -- May 3 -- by joining forces with the Kane County Cougars to conduct an area wide food drive.

The campaign named "Strike Out Hunger" will include:

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• Between April 18 and May 2, attendees of Kane County Cougar home games will be asked to collect food and bring it to Fifth Third Bank Ballpark, 34W002 Cherry Lane, Geneva, home of the Kane County Cougars, Class A Affiliate of the Chicago Cubs. Anyone who donates food will receive special discounted admission of $5.30 to the year's first baseball game with fireworks being held on Friday, May 3. Visit www.kccougars.com for team schedule and more information.

• During the same time period, bank employees throughout the Chicago area and Northwest Indiana will raise money to benefit Vital Bridges Grocery Centers of Heartland Health Outreach program and the Northwest Indiana Food Bank.

"Everyone at Fifth Third Bank takes great personal pride in this company and all the wonderful things it represents," said Fifth Third Bank (Chicago) president & CEO Robert A. Sullivan. "Our company's culture and our core values are all singularly focused on serving the needs of our customers in the communities in which we serve and do business, and as such our interest in helping local food banks is perfectly aligned."

The "Strike Out Hunger" campaign will culminate in a special evening on May 3 at Fifth Third Bank Ballpark, home of the Kane County Cougars, when 53,000 meals will be donated to the Northern Illinois Food Bank. The day was chosen as May 3 is the bank's so-called birthday, the date of 5/3 representing the bank's name, branding and logo.

"In working together with Fifth Third Bank, we are calling on all fans to help reach our goal of donating 53,000 meals for the Northern Illinois Food Bank," said Curtis Haug, Kane County Cougars general manager. "We're thrilled to welcome fans to Fifth Third Bank Ballpark for a special night on 5/3 Day as we lend a hand to help less fortunate people in our communities."

The public is invited to participate by bringing donated can goods and nonperishable foods to Fifth Third Bank Ballpark on April 18, April 23, May 1 and May 2.

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