Allied Payment Network provides thousands of meals through giving program, ‘Be an Ally to our Fort Wayne Heroes;’ challenges others in Fort Wayne to participate

Michelle Rehm, Director of Marketing, Allied Payment


Fort Wayne, Ind.–Allied Payment Network, the industry’s most progressive provider of online and mobile bill payment services to banks and credit unions, has created a giving program, “Be an Ally to our Fort Wayne Heroes,” to provide meals throughout December to hospital healthcare workers in Fort Wayne, where the company headquarters is located. Allied CEO and founder Ralph Marcuccilli has enlisted the help of several area companies, and challenges other individuals and businesses in the area to make donations through its GoFundMe fundraiser page (http://AlliedPayment.com/fort-wayne-heroes), which can be found by searching for FortWayne Heroes on the GoFundMe.com website. One hundred percent of the funds raised will be used to underwrite the cost of the meals.

According to Marcuccilli, the program is part of the company’s annual community giving project, and fulfills one of Allied Payment Network’s core values to ‘Do the Right Thing.’ The company, which agreed to match employee contributions dollar-for-dollar, has
already supplied more than 500 meals.

Fort-Wayne-based companies Summit Brands, Sweetwater Sound and Chuck & Lisa Surack, and Fort Financial Credit Union have donated funds to supply more than 2,000 additional meals.

Jan Vardaman of Gratitude Catering and Tabitha Gray of Mancinos Pizza and Grinders, both located in Fort Wayne, are preparing the meals, as well as making additional meal contributions. A growing list of corporate sponsors is on the Allied GoFundMe page.

Since March 2020, Allied has provided meals to local frontline heroes and food pantries to assist them during the pandemic. According to Marcuccilli, this latest effort is to “show appreciation to local healthcare workers who have been on the front lines battling COVID-19 for the past nine months. Many are making significant personal sacrifices in time spent away from their families, putting their own health at risk, yet rising to the occasion.”

Meal delivery began on Friday, December 4 to Lutheran Hospital in Fort Wayne and will continue to local healthcare facilities Lutheran and Parkview Hospitals until the funds are depleted. According to Lynne Sordelet, a cardiac ICU nurse at Lutheran Hospital, “It has been amazing to see the community support for frontline workers, and this act of kindness truly means a lot.”

About Allied Payment Network
Allied Payment Network is an industry-leading provider of emerging bill pay technologies to the financial services industries. For more information, visit www.AlliedPayment.com.

Contact Information:
Allied Payment Network, Mary Hembree, fortwayneheroes@alliedpayment.com, 3201 Stellhorn Road, Fort Wayne, IN 46815, 260-442-2116

Corporate Sponsors:
Summit Brands, 6714 Pointe Inverness Way, Suite 200, Fort Wayne, IN 46804
Sweetwater Sound, Inc. and Chuck and Lisa Surack, Heather Herron, Vice
President of Corporate Communications, 5501 US Highway 30 W, Fort Wayne,
IN 46818, (260) 432-8176 ext. 1030
Fort Financial Credit Union, Amy Hart, Marketing Manager, (260)432-1561,
3102 Spring St., Fort Wayne, IN 46808, www.fortfinancialcu.org
Gratitude Catering, Jan Vardaman, jan@gratitude-catering.com, 260-433-6828
Mancinos Pizza and Grinders, Tabitha Gray, 1025 W Coliseum Blvd, Fort
Wayne, IN 46808, MancinosTabitha@gmail.com, 260-471-1715


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