2015 Second Quarter Charity Announced!
The University National Bank has selected to support the local Independence, Inc. for its second quarter charity giving program. Since 1978, Independence, Inc. has served as a resource in Lawrence and Northeast Kansas through their mission to maximize the independence of people with disabilities through advocacy, peer support, training, transportation and community education. As an Independent Living Center, they work with people with varying disabilities to live in the environments of their choice, and they offer options, resources and advocacy to help people live fulfilling lives. Their vision is to work together in transforming their communities to be the best places in which people with disabilities can live, learn, and work. For more information about Independence, Inc., please visit www.independenceinc.org.
The University National Bank Gets Soaked for ALS Awareness
Lawrence, Kansas – August 15, 2014
The team at The University National Bank took an unconventional cold shower on Friday morning to raise awareness for ALS, also known as Lou Gehrig’s Disease.
|Accepting the #IceBucketChalleng, the viral campaign that has swept the nation, employees at UNB stood under a skid loader of ice-cold water. After officially accepting the #IceBucketChallenge, and further extending the challenge on to other Lawrence businesses, the ice water unloaded in a waterfall on to the employees. The University National Bank dedicated the challenge to longtime-friend and Lawrence businessman, Hiram Salvini, who lost his battle with ALS earlier this year.Since its inception just a month ago, the #IceBucketChallenge has boosted awareness and donations for the ALS Association. According to www.alsa.org, in a year-to-year comparison, donations have risen from $1.4 million to $7.6 million. ALS Association has seen an increase of 145,198 in donors.ALS is a neurodegenerative disease and affects the brain and the spinal cord. As neuros degenerate and die off, patients of ALS lose their ability to move and speak, and the disease eventually leads to total paralysis and death. The average life expectancy for a patient of ALS is two to five years. Currently, there is only one FDA-approved drug for treatment.|
For more information on the #IceBucketChallenge or to learn how you can donate to the ALS Association, visit www.alsa.org.