FirstBank, which operates a branch at 1559 N. Litchfield Road in Goodyear, and Phoenix-based Americano Foods teamed up to donate $8,150 to the Children’s Center of Lebanon.
Americano Foods co-owners and siblings Denise and Jeff Malkoon said they were devastated watching the aftermath of the Beirut explosion this past August. Inspired to help, they announced Americano Foods would contribute 100 percent of proceeds from online sales throughout September to relief work in Beirut.
FirstBank, one of the nation’s largest privately held banks, agreed to match money raised throughout the month.
Americano Foods’ efforts resulted in raising $4,075, and FirstBank’s matching funds increased the total to $8,150. The donation is being contributed to the Children’s Cancer Center of Lebanon.
The siblings, who are third-generation Phoenicians of Lebanese descent, were inspired to serve those in need, particularly those who are extremely vulnerable such as the patients at the Children’s Cancer Center of Lebanon.
Beirut-based Children’s Cancer Center of Lebanon is an affiliate of St. Jude’s Children’s Hospital that serves childhood cancer patients of all ages.
“As the city of Beirut works to rebuild from this disaster, we hope that this contribution will help the CCCL continue its lifesaving mission,” Mr. Malkoon stated in a news release. “We thank everyone for participating in our campaign, and we sincerely appreciate FirstBank’s support to double our efforts.”
Americano Foods and FirstBank first collaborated when Americano Foods won FirstBank’s $20K Good Business Giveaway, a contest to honor businesses doing good in the community. FirstBank and Americano Foods also coordinated on a cause marketing campaign to support St. Mary’s Food bank in 2019.