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Comerica Bank and Detroit Lions Team Up to Support Community Partners
Nonprofit organizations benefit from every Lions first down at Ford Field in 2020

Detroit, Sept. 11, 2020 –Comerica Bank and the Detroit Lions have teamed up again to ensure first downs at Ford Field this season stretch further than 10 yards. Each Lions first down gained this season at Ford Field will translate to $100 that will aid one of eight selected community partners through the Comerica Bank Lions First Down partnership.

For the Lions’ 2020 opening home game vs. the Chicago Bears, the Comerica Bank Lions First Down Program will benefit Capuchin Soup Kitchen.

“During this great time of need, it remains vital that we work together and support the recovery of our communities,” said Linda Nosegbe, Comerica Bank Vice President, Southeast Michigan External Affairs Market Manager. “Our exceptional partnership with the Detroit Lions provides a unique platform to connect valuable resources to those who are struggling through impactful community services, initiatives and programs.”

For the past three seasons, Comerica has contributed $54,000 to local community organizations through Comerica Bank’s Lions First Down program, which has benefited Winning Futures (2019), Beyond Basics (2018) and The Children’s Center (2017).

“We’re excited to continue our partnership with Comerica in 2020,” said Detroit Lions Executive Director of Corporate Partnerships, Dan Lentz. “This year, more than ever, it’s important to support and raise awareness around the work local non-profits are doing in the community. We can’t wait to see what type of impact the program will have this season.”

The Capuchin Soup Kitchen, founded in 1929 during the Great Depression and inspired by the life and spirit of St. Francis of Assisi, tends to people's basic needs especially the need for food, strives to stimulate minds and nourish spirits, works to understand and address root causes of social injustice in the community, and seeks to build alliances with others who share a commitment to their vision.

Capuchin sites serve thousands of individuals each year. Aside from feeding people, the Capuchins offer a food and clothing pantry, tutoring programs, work-skills development and substance abuse services.

Comerica Bank, a subsidiary of Comerica Incorporated, has served Michigan longer than any other bank with a continuous presence dating back 170 years to its Detroit founding in 1849. It is the largest bank employer in metro Detroit and has more than 4,700 employees (FTE) statewide. With one of the largest banking center networks in Michigan, Comerica nurtures lifelong relationships with unwavering integrity and financial prudence. Comerica positively impacts the lives of Michigan residents by helping customers be successful, providing financial support that assists hundreds of charitable organizations, and actively participating in Detroit’s downtown revitalization. Comerica Incorporated (NYSE: CMA) is a financial services company strategically aligned by three business segments: The Business Bank, The Retail Bank, and Wealth Management. Follow on Facebook:, Twitter: @ComericaBank and Instagram: @comerica_bank.

The Detroit Lions are a professional American football team based in Detroit, Michigan. They are members of the North Division of the National Football Conference (NFC) in the National Football League (NFL), and play their home games at Ford Field in downtown Detroit. The team located to Detroit in 1934 and is the National Football League's fifth-oldest franchise. The Detroit Lions most recently made the NFL playoffs in 2016, when they finished with a 9-7 record.

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