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Pets for Vets

Date(s): 10/27/2014

9:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.

Rockford, IL
FIFTH THIRD BANK (ROCKFORD) TO HOST “PETS FOR VETS” ADOPTION EVENT
Initiative Part of Bank’s Ongoing Campaign to Benefit Veterans
ROCKFORD, Illinois (October 13, 2014) – As part of its annual campaign in support of veterans, Fifth Third Bank (Rockford) is sponsoring, “Pets for Vets,” an adoption drive to raise money for programs designed to benefit service men and women both at home and overseas.
From 9:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. on Monday, October 27 at Noah's Ark Pet Sanctuary (111 North 1st Street, Rockford), potential pet parents are invited to come in and learn more about rescue cats and dogs who are available for adoption. The event is free and open to the public.
Each year, the bank hosts an employee-led fundraising effort to provide educational scholarships to family members of wounded or killed soldiers, and includes extensive volunteer efforts throughout the bank's footprint at local veterans homes, organizations and VA hospitals.

In addition to the “Pets for Vets” event, 2014 efforts include collecting donations at local banking centers from October 14 – November 15 to fund educational scholarships for the families of soldiers wounded or lost in action. The bank will also collect donations for holiday care packages that will be sent to soldiers currently serving in Afghanistan and will partner with CareerBuilder.com to host a Career Fair exclusively for veterans, active duty service men and women and their families.

"Every single person that lives in the United States benefits from the hard work, commitment and sacrifice of our nation's soldiers," said John Welch, financial center manager, Fifth Third Bank (Rockford). "We're excited to invite the community to join us in demonstrating our gratitude to those who serve in the military through our fundraising campaign and related events."
For more information about “Pets for Vets,” please visit http://www.noahsarkanimals.org/ or call 815-962-2767
About Noah's Ark Pet Sanctuary
Noah’s Ark Pet Sanctuary was founded and incorporated as an Illinois non-profit corporation in 1978 by a small group of residents who care about animals. One its main goals is to educate the public on the proper care and population control of domestic dogs and cats. Noah's Ark Pet Sanctuary takes in adoptable cats and dogs from Rockford and the surrounding area, gives them receive proper medical care and puts them up for adoption into qualified homes for a nominal fee.

About Fifth Third Bank
Fifth Third Bancorp is a diversified financial services company headquartered in Cincinnati, Ohio. The Company has $118 billion in assets and operates 15 affiliates with 1,320 full-service Banking Centers, including 104 Bank Mart® locations open seven days a week inside select grocery stores and 2,405 ATMs in Ohio, Kentucky, Indiana, Michigan, Illinois, Florida, Tennessee, West Virginia, Pennsylvania, Missouri, Georgia and North Carolina. Fifth Third operates four main businesses: Commercial Banking, Branch Banking, Consumer Lending, and Investment Advisors. Fifth Third also has a 39% interest in Vantiv Holding, LLC, formerly Fifth Third Processing Solutions, LLC. Fifth Third is among the largest money managers in the Midwest and, as of June 30, 2012, had $291 billion in assets under care, of which it managed $25 billion for individuals, corporations and not-for-profit organizations. Investor information and press releases can be viewed at www.53.com. Fifth Third's common stock is traded on the NASDAQ® National Global Select Market under the symbol "FITB." Fifth Third Bank. Member FDIC.

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Noah's Ark Pet Sanctuary, 815-962-2767

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Free “We Were Soldiers Once” Movie Screening and Book signing

Date(s): 11/6/2014

5:00 pm - 9:00 pm

Veterans Memorial Hall 211 N. Main St. Rockford, IL 61101
Free “We Were Soldiers Once” Movie Screening and Book signing
with Joseph L. Galloway

Who: Winnebago County Veterans Association, Veterans Memorial Hall,

Where: Veterans Memorial Hall 211 N. Main St. Rockford IL

When: Thursday November 6th 2014 5:00 PM

What: “We Were Soldiers Once” Movie Screening and Book signing with
Joseph L. Galloway

On Thursday, November 6, 2014 Veterans Memorial Hall, 211 N. Main St. Rockford, IL 61101, will open its doors at 5 p.m. for a free showing of We Were Soldiers and a book signing by Mr. Galloway. The movie starts at 6 p.m. and refreshments will be available for purchase along with Mr. Galloway's book “We Were Soldiers Once and Young”.

Joseph L. Galloway, who co-authored with Lt. Gen. (ret) Hal Moore the national best seller “We Were Soldiers Once and Young” which was made into the critically acclaimed movie “We Were Soldiers Once” starring Mel Gibson, will be in attendance and available to sign purchased copies of his book. Joseph L. Galloway was one of America’s premier war and foreign correspondents for half a century. During the course of 15 years of foreign postings—including assignments in Japan, Indonesia, India, Singapore and three years as UPI bureau chief in Moscow in the former Soviet Union--Galloway served four tours as a war correspondent in Vietnam and also covered the 1971 India-Pakistan War and half a dozen other combat operations. In 2013 Military History magazine polled 50 leading historians to choose the Ten Greatest Books Ever Written on War. “We Were Soldiers Once…and Young” was among those ten books.
Why: In November 1965, some 450 men of the 1st Battalion, 7th Cavalry, under the command of Lt. Col. Hal Moore, were dropped into a small clearing in the La Drang Valley. They were immediately surrounded by two thousand North Vietnamese soldiers. Three days later, only two and a half miles away, a sister battalion was massacred. Together, these actions constitute one of the most savage and significant battles of the Vietnam War, one in which Americans faced what seemed to be certain destruction. Moore and Joe Galloway, the only journalist on the ground throughout the fighting, have interviewed hundreds of men who fought there. How these heroes persevered makes a vivid portrait of war at its most devastating and inspiring.
Scott Lewandowski 815.969.1999

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74th Annual Veterans Dinner

Date(s): 11/7/2014

5:30 pm

Cliffbreakers Rockford IL
74th Annual Veterans Dinner

Who: Winnebago County Veterans Association, Veterans Memorial Hall,

Where: Cliffbreakers 700 West Riverside Blvd Rockford IL

When: Friday November 7th 2014 5:30 PM

What: 74th Annual Veterans Dinner
The Veterans Dinner has been a tradition in Rockford for 74 years. It has brought together for one evening people from the government sector, people from the private sector and Veterans from all walks of life to honor the Veterans in our community.

The keynote speaker for the evening will be Joseph L. Galloway, who co-authored with Lt. Gen. (ret) Hal Moore the national best seller We Were Soldiers Once and Young, which was made into the critically acclaimed movie We Were Soldiers starring Mel Gibson. Joseph L. Galloway was one of America’s premier war and foreign correspondents for half a century. During the course of 15 years of foreign postings—including assignments in Japan, Indonesia, India, Singapore and three years as UPI bureau chief in Moscow in the former Soviet Union--Galloway served four tours as a war correspondent in Vietnam and also covered the 1971 India-Pakistan War and half a dozen other combat operations. Last year Military History magazine polled 50 leading historians to choose the Ten Greatest Books Ever Written on War. We Were Soldiers Once…and Young was among those ten books.

Why: On June 1, 1954, November 11th was designated as Veterans Day to all who served, past, present and future. Seventy-seven years ago on August 13, 1937, a group of men in Rockford known as the Ex-Servicemen's Organization founded the Veterans Day Banquet hosting the first dinner on Armistice Day, November 11, 1938 at the Bethesda Covenant Church. The keynote speaker was Charles G. Seidel. In 1939 a second Armistice Day Banquet was held at First Lutheran Church, with Dr. J. Oliver Buswell, President of Wheaton College as keynote speaker.
In 1939, the organizations name was changed from "Post of Ex-Service Men" to a "Post of War Service Men." In 1944 Daniel Post was accepted into the American Legion and became Post #864. The American Legion Daniel Post #864 sponsored the banquet until 1998 when the Winnebago County Veterans Association took the responsibility to preserve continuity of the banquets honoring all veterans. The banquet has been held each year to honor veterans who served in the military of our country.

Social hour and cocktails will begin at 5:30 pm and dinner will be served at 7:00 pm. The Veterans Dinner Program will follow dinner. This year we will be offering a single entree featuring Turkey. Tickets are available at a cost of $250 per table of 8 or $35 each. To purchace tickets contact Scott Lewandowski at (815) 969-1999.
Scott Lewandowski 815.969.1999

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Veterans 5K Run & Walk

Date(s): 11/8/2014

9:00 am

Sinnissippi Bike Path @ YMCA Log House, 200 Y Blvd, Rockford
A 5K Run & Walk to Benefit the Veterans Drop-In Center in Rockford, IL
Lois Shores

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