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TCF Bank Partners with Simon Says Give to Collect School Supplies for Kids in Need

Company Release - 6/30/2016 3:02 PM ET

Goal to prepare 10,000 students in Denver, Colorado and throughout Minnesota with needed backpacks and school supplies

WAYZATA, Minn. & EAGAN, Minn.--(BUSINESS WIRE)-- TCF National Bank (TCF Bank), a subsidiary of TCF Financial Corporation (TCF) (NYSE: TCB) and Simon Says Give, a nonprofit organization founded by 12-year old Mandi Simon when she was seven-years young, today announced a school supply drive to prepare students in Denver, Colorado and throughout Minnesota for the first day of school. TCF Bank’s 26 branches in the Denver area and 99 branches in Minnesota are collection points July 1-31 for Simon Says Give’s High 5 for Supplies drive.

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“My mom is a retired school teacher and she often talks about young people, like Mandi Simon, who are making the world a better place for everyone,” said Kent Engler, TCF’s director of retail banking. “Learning should be a right afforded to every child and we’re proud to partner with Mandi and Simon Says Give to ensure kids have the tools they need to learn when they return to school.”

“I got the idea to start Simon Says Give when I saw kids getting bullied because they didn’t have backpacks or crayons at school,” said Mandi Simon, founder of Simon Says Give. “When I turned seven-years old, I decided kids needed backpacks and school supplies more than I needed birthday presents, so I asked my friends to bring these items to my birthday party and I’ve been doing it ever since. With the help of TCF Bank, we’ve helped more than 18,000 students and my goal is to help 10,000 more kids this year.”

Donations Needed

• Backpacks       • Loose-leaf paper (wide- and college-ruled)
• Calculators (basic and scientific) • Markers (permanent and washable)
• Colored pencils • Pencils (#2)
• Crayons • Spiral notebooks (solid color)
• Glue sticks • Watercolor paints

Fifty dollars provides one child a backpack complete with supplies.

Volunteers will prepare inventory and fill backpacks with supplies August 4-7. Backpacks are distributed to elementary, middle and high school students through local youth organizations, such as the YMCA and Boys & Girls Clubs.

TCF Bank is committed to building better communities and gave $3 million in 2015 to support community development, education, human services, and arts and cultural interests. TCF Bank also provides free financial education to high school students through the TCF Financial Scholars Program.

About TCF
TCF is a Wayzata, Minnesota-based national bank holding company. As of March 31, 2016, TCF had $21.3 billion in total assets and 376 branches in Arizona, Colorado, Illinois, Indiana, Michigan, Minnesota, South Dakota and Wisconsin, providing retail and commercial banking services. TCF, through its subsidiaries, also conducts commercial leasing, equipment finance, and auto finance business in all 50 states and commercial inventory finance business in all 50 states and Canada. For more information about TCF, visit

About Simon Says Give
Simon Says Give is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization created out of the vision of founder Mandi Simon when she was seven-years old. Her vision was to help kids in need and to engage other kids to join her in her mission of providing birthday parties and collecting backpacks with school supplies. Mandi Simon also is one of 25 GlobeChangers across the nation recognized by the Jefferson Awards Foundation in 2014. For more information about Simon Says Give, visit

TCF Bank
Amie Hoffner, 952-475-3350
[email protected]
Simon Says Give
Amy Grove, 612-710-0877
[email protected]

Source: TCF Financial Corporation

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