Comerica Bank and DePelchin Children's Center Announce Social Media Voting for
Children's Thanksgiving Art Contest
Facebook Users Across Texas Can Vote for Favorite Children's Artwork Depicting
"What I'm Most Thankful for This Year"
$10,000 in Prize Money to be Awarded
HOUSTON, Oct. 22, 2013
HOUSTON, Oct. 22, 2013 /PRNewswire/ --Comerica Bank today announced that it
is hosting a Thanksgiving Art Contest benefitting children currently served by
Houston-based non-profit, DePelchin Children's Center. The contest, open to
DePelchin children in the Greater Houston area ages 18 and under, gives
children the opportunity to win seed money in a protected savings account for
creating a drawing or painting depicting "what they're most thankful for this
year," along with a 100-word description. Prizes in the contest include $500
savings accounts for the top 12 finalists and an additional $500 for the grand
prize winner in each of the four age groups. The public voting period for the
contest will take place on Comerica's Facebook page between October 22 and
November 4, 2013. Additionally, in support of DePelchin's mental health,
foster care and adoption programs, Comerica is providing an unrestricted
$2,000 grant to the organization.
"The upcoming holiday season can be a challenging time for some children,
especially those recently adopted, currently in the foster system or dealing
with mental health issues. So, we formed a partnership with DePelchin
Children's Center to give these kids a fun, creative way to express what
they're thankful for, and in the process, give them a chance to earn a
headstart on saving for the future," said J. Downey Bridgwater, Comerica's
Houston Market President. "We're encouraging the community to vote in this
contest and give these children an extra reason to be thankful this
Here's how the contest works:
oChildren 18 and under currently served by DePelchin Children's Center have
been asked to submit a drawing or painting, along with a 100-word
description, depicting "what they're most thankful for this year."
oA local panel of judges narrowed down the entries to three finalists in
each of four age groups.
oA Facebook voting gallery displaying the 12 finalist entries was launched
today, October 22, on Comerica's Facebook page
(www.facebook.com/ComericaCares). The public voting period will run
through November 4 and any Facebook users across Texas will be able to
vote once daily in each of the four ages groups (6 & under, 7-10, 11-14,
oThe 12 finalists and their families will be invited to Comerica's Annual
Thanksgiving Reception in Houston on November 7, where the grand prize
winners in each age group will be announced.
"DePelchin turns lives around every day through our mental health, foster care
and adoption services, and this partnership with Comerica is giving us the
opportunity to have an even greater impact in the lives of the children and
families we serve," said Jenifer Jarriel, DePelchin's President and CEO.
"Comerica is taking our commitment to children one step further through their
generous savings account donations by helping our children secure a strong
start financially, greatly impacting their lives now and into the future."
For more information on the contest, please visit
About Comerica Bank
Comerica Incorporated (NYSE: CMA) is a financial services company
headquartered in Dallas, Texas, and strategically aligned by three business
segments: The Business Bank, The Retail Bank, and Wealth Management. Comerica
focuses on relationships, and helping people and businesses be successful. In
addition to Texas, Comerica Bank locations can be found in Arizona,
California, Florida and Michigan, with select businesses operating in several
other states, as well as in Canada and Mexico. To find us on Facebook, please
visit www.facebook.com/ComericaCares. Follow Comerica on Twitter at
@ComericaCares and follow Comerica Chief Economist Robert Dye on Twitter at
About DePelchin Children's Center
DePelchin Children's Center is committed to meeting the needs of children as
one of the largest providers of mental health, foster care and adoption
services in Texas. Through its clinical expertise and special brand of caring,
DePelchin turns lives around, providing a full continuum of care including
psychiatric services, counseling, residential treatment, programs for at-risk
youths, parent education, foster care and adoption. DePelchin is a
not-for-profit organization and gratefully receives its support from
individuals, foundations and corporations; government grants and fees; and
United Way agencies. Visit www.depelchin.org to learn more.
SOURCE Comerica Bank
Contact: Comerica Bank, Kyle Tarrance, (214) 462-6669,
email@example.com; DePelchin Children's Center, Analisa Warren, (713)
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