Points scored at local high school football games this season were matched with dollars from Illinois National Bank (INB). The money will be donated to three local charities to help feed individuals in need. The 1,870 points scored by teams whose games were broadcast on Sports Radio 1450 or 96.7 The Boss were matched with $1,870 for the charities.
“This promotion was fun because it gave us a great reason to cheer on football players from all over the area,” says Pat Phalen. “We were looking for high scores, and we saw a lot of that in the 2015 football season.” Phalen is referring to games where the combined scores surpassed or came close to 100. “$100 to charity from one football game was a bit more than we were expecting to pay out, but we’re happy to do it. If the players can do their jobs the way they did, we can surely come through with a little extra money for a great cause.”
The “cause” is hunger in our community. Titled Touchdowns for the Table, the promotion was aimed at providing social service agencies who feed the hungry with a little extra support.
The local charities receiving the donation of $624 each are:
• Friend-in-Deed which provides food at Christmas for needy families in the Springfield area.
• St. Martin de Porres’ provides food to over 140 families each day it is open.
• Kids Café, a partnership between the Springfield Urban League and the Central Illinois Foodbank, which feeds 75-100 children each day. The money raised through Touchdowns for the Table will be used by INB employees to help Kids Café provide nutritious snacks over spring break.
Illinois National Bank is based in Springfield and operates 12 branches in central Illinois. A locally-owned bank, INB provides a full range of traditional banking services to individuals and businesses, including commercial and retail banking, trust and brokerage, cash management, Internet banking and remittance processing. INB is Member FDIC and Equal Housing Lender.