BMO Harris Bank has teamed up with the Chicago Bulls to upcycle surplus Bulls apparel into 10,000 face coverings. The masks will be donated to five local nonprofits, including My Block My hood My City, Breakthrough Family Urban Ministries, Boys and Girls Clubs of Chicago, After School Matters and Health Hood Chicago, to be distributed to their staff and to Chicagoland families in need.
“The work nonprofits are doing in our community is always critical but especially so during the pandemic,” said Leslie J. Anderson, BMO Harris Bank’s senior vice president and global head of enterprise technology and employee experience and After School Matters board member. “We are proud to partner with the Bulls to equip the community with important health protection and live our Purpose to Boldly Grow the Good.”
BMO will also donate 10,000 limited-edition hats designed by Sentrock, a local artist the team partnered with as part of the BMO Harris Bank Chicago Artist Hat Series, a signature initiative in its third year. As a sign of city pride, the donated hats, designed exclusively for a postponed in-arena giveaway, will also be gifted to each face covering recipient. To further support Sentrock and his work, the Bulls and BMO will also donate face coverings and hats to Pilsen-based nonprofit, Healthy Hood Chicago on his behalf.
This donation builds on BMO’s efforts to support customers, communities and employees during the COVID-19 pandemic. The bank recently made a donation to the Chicago Community COVID-19 Response Fund and has also donated N95 masks to hospitals and first responders in the Chicago area.