MB Financial Bank and the Chicago Blackhawks Foundation Team Up with Operation Warm to Give New Coats to Chicago Schoolchildren

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MB employees give kids new winter coats at MB Ice Arena

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“MB’s support has created an amazing opportunity for Chicago children – not only are they given a brand new coat and a confidence boost that will last through the winter, they also get to experience the Blackhawks and MB Ice Arena in a special way,” Grace Sica, Operation Warm

On Wednesday, Nov. 7, MB employees will be at the MB Ice Arena –Chicago Blackhawks Community Rink distributing brand new coats to students from William H Brown STEM Magnet School, a local Chicago Public School whose student body is primarily low income. MB employees will help kids select, try on, and go home with a new coat.

This event is a result of MB and the Chicago Blackhawks Foundation’s partnership with Operation Warm, a national nonprofit dedicated to providing brand new winter coats to children in need.

“We are committed to making a difference in the communities where we live and work,” said Karen Perlman, MB’s Senior Vice President, and Head of Corporate Marketing. “We are proud to not only give the students a coat but also a fun experience and a chance to meet Tommy Hawk, enjoy a healthy snack and a Veterans Day activity.”

“Throughout the entire Chicago Blackhawks organization, there is an unconditional commitment to give back to the community,” said Tovah McCord, Chicago Blackhawks Foundation Director. “In fact, more than 90 percent of MB Ice Arena’s utilization is dedicated to the community, including educational programming with Chicago Public Schools, including William H Brown STEM Magnet School.”

More than one in four children in Chicago lives in families with incomes below the federal poverty line. Many of these children need to walk to school, even on freezing cold days. And unfortunately, many of them do not have warm winter clothing.

“MB’s support has created an amazing opportunity for Chicago children – not only are they given a brand new coat and a confidence boost that will last through the winter, they also get to experience the Blackhawks and MB Ice Arena in a special way,” Grace Sica, Operation Warm’s Vice President of Corporate Partnerships, says.

Media is welcome to attend but must RSVP to Lauren Holloway in advance.
MB Ice Arena – Chicago Blackhawks Community Rink
1801 W Jackson Blvd, Chicago, IL 60612
Wednesday, Nov. 7, 2018 – 9:30 am – 1:00 pm

About MB Financial
MB Financial Bank N.A. is a Chicago-based commercial bank with approximately $20 billion in assets and a more than one-hundred-year history of building deep and lasting relationships with middle-market companies and individuals. MB Financial Bank offers a full range of powerful financial solutions and the expertise and experience of bankers who are focused on their clients’ success. MB Financial Bank is a wholly owned subsidiary of MB Financial, Inc. (NASDAQ: MBFI).

For more information go to http://www.mbfinancial.com.

About the Chicago Blackhawks Foundation
The Chicago Blackhawks Foundation envisions a healthier, smarter, more secure world for families in and around Chicago. As the official charity of the Chicago Blackhawks, the Chicago Blackhawks Foundation is proud to bring hope to the communities that make our city so special and is committed to providing access to the programming and funding necessary for organizations to make a positive impact. Our goal is to grow the game we love while giving the people we serve a chance for something greater. Please visit chicagoblackhawks.com/foundation for more information.

About Operation Warm
Operation Warm is a national nonprofit that creates brand new, high-quality coats for children in need. Every child, regardless of their economic situation, deserves a brand new coat. We partner with compassionate individuals and organizations across North America to give a gift of warmth, confidence and hope to millions of children in need. Operation Warm believes a brand new coat is more than a coat, promoting self-esteem, school attendance and outdoor play.

To learn more about Operation Warm, visit http://www.OperationWarm.org.

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