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Throughout the month of April, First Bank Financial Centre (FBFC) employees celebrated Community Banking Month by “paying it forward” to local citizens and organizations in the communities they serve.
*To see all the amazing photos that the branches took during their Random Acts of Kindness visit our Random Acts of Kindness Facebook Album!*
In Hartland, employees had a good time heading downtown to hand out $5 Piggly Wiggly gift cards and flowers to random individuals and passing out $10 gas cards to unsuspecting visitors at the gas station. In addition, the branch also delivered a Panera breakfast to Hartland’s Department of Public Works and the Fire Department as well as a Cousins Sub lunch to Hartland Police Department.
Teams from the Oconomowoc branches and corporate office spread the giving spirit throughout the Oconomowoc community. Corporate branch employees paid a visit to Oconomowoc Memorial Hospital to hand out goody bags to the nurses, presented the teachers and staff at Greenland Elementary School with warm coffee, cold juice and munchkin donuts on their first day back from Spring Break, handed out 30 supreme car washes to random visitors, and walked around Fowler Lake to hand out FBFC dog treats to those walking with their pups.
Other Corporate employees started out the month by going to St. Vincent De Paul in Oconomowoc where $5 gift certificates were handed out to people walking into the store. An email was then sent out to all the corporate employees to seek out donations of personal hygiene items for the Hebron House in Waukesha. During their stop to deliver the bags, gas gift cards were also purchased to pass out as needed for those at the Hebron House with upcoming job interviews.
Employees continued with random acts of kindness throughout the community by buying coffees for those at Starbucks, handing out treats to the residents and staff at Shorehaven, delivering flowers to families and employees at Angel’s Grace, passing out refreshments at Imagination Station in Oconomowoc, and providing lunch to the City of Oconomowoc Police Department. The Humane Animal Welfare Society in Waukesha was also a recipient of a random act of kindness when pet food, toys, and cleaning supplies were purchased and dropped off by corporate employees, where they also they picked up flowers to give out to anyone who adopted a pet that week. The corporate branch was also able to involve the full team by providing a five dollar bill to employees to “pay it forward” at a place of their choice. Those that received the “pay it forward” five dollars were surprised, thankful, and willing to continue the trend.
The Brown Street branch had a nice time heading over to the Oconomowoc Food Pantry to drop off a jar full of yummy treats as a token of appreciation for the volunteers, surprising people in the community with $5 gift cards to Subway and purchasing coffees and sodas for customers randomly at the Brown Street Kwik Trip. Employees also headed to the Town of Oconomowoc to drop off juice, doughnuts, muffins, and FBFC coffee mugs full of treats for the office clerks and police officers. Shoppers at Piggly Wiggly also were recipients of the Brown Street’s Random Act of Kindness and received FBFC Coupon book holders and shopping list note pads. The Brown Street branch kept the random act of kindness spirit rolling all the way up until the end of April and passed out colorful umbrellas and fun light up flowers on a rainy day at the end of April. “April Showers Bring May Flowers!”
FBFC Summit employees provided items such as blankets, bedding, socks, cleaning products and other miscellaneous items to the Family Promise of Western Waukesha County. They also made their way over to the Lake Country Landing where they delivered pieces of pie and dropped off bagels to the teachers’ break room at Summit School and the Employee room at the YMCA. Lastly, the entire Summit Team played Bingo with the residents of Wilkinson Woods. The bank provided prizes consisting of crackers, cookies and bars to hand out to the residents. Everyone at Wilkinson Woods was very appreciative of the fun and treats.
Employees from FBFC’s two Brookfield branches paid for and handed out $5 dollar gift cards at a Chammps, Piggly Wiggly, Quizno’s, Anytime Fitness and Dave and Busters at random dates throughout the month of April. They also went out and presented a $100 donation to the Sharon Lynne Wilson Center “Free Family Art Workshop”, handed out $5 gift cards at Cousins Subs and $10 gift cards to Mobil gas station customers. Employees then visited the Brookfield library and handed out books to children ages 3 to 5 attending story-time and donated several books to their program for future story-time events. Lastly, they presented a check for $100 to the Burleigh Elementary School to use toward their garden where the children will be planting herbs, vegetables and flowers.
Employees from FBFC’s Menomonee Falls branch delivered breakfast to the local fire station and police department, handed out $10 Woodman’s gift cards to the Menomonee Falls Food Pantry, provided coupons for bowling and shoe rental at Kruegers to some very appreciative families and presented a check for $100 to Building a Better Butler to help decorate their park, planters and medians. The Menomonee Falls employees also delivered pet toys to Linden Grove for their dogs and cats that visit with their residents and headed over to the Hope Network for Single Mothers where they donated 12 “first bath” kits. The Blue Spring Farm was their next stop for a random act of kindness where they delivered bags of treats for the teaching horses and also several bags of treats for the horses that are boarded there. Lastly, employees handed out truffles from the “The Chocolate Falls”, a new business in the Menomonee Falls downtown area, at the first Farmers Market of the year.
Employees from FBFC’s Mequon branch visited First Watch Café during breakfast and lunchtime to hand out $5 to unsuspecting customers, provided $5 to movie goers at North Shore Cinema on “$5 Tuesdays”, handed out reusable grocery bags and $5 to shoppers at Metro Market, provided $5 to customers at Starbucks and, lastly, handed out $5 to those getting their cars washed at a local gas station.
In Grafton, random visitors of the local business, Cherry Berry, received $5 bills from the branch staff, whereas the Grafton Police Department received bagels purchased from Big Apple Bagels, and the Grafton Fire Department received a branch made treat basket. The Grafton branch also bought fountain drinks for those pumping gas or coming in for a quick treat at Mid City Quick Mart. The Grafton employees continued with their random acts of kindness and had a nice time handing out $50 worth of $5 bills to various individuals in the Grafton community and purchasing appetizers for unsuspecting customers at the Milwaukee Ale House. The Grafton branch reached out to Family Sharing to find the best way to use their remaining Random Act of Kindess funds. A family immediately came to mind that could use the wonderful gift and the FBFC Grafton Branch Manager, Kris, was very happy to deliver the remaining $80 to them.
Employees from the Germantown branch delivered cookie trays to the administrative employees at the Germantown High School, Middle School, and Superintendent’s office as well as delivered sub sandwiches, chips, soda, and cookies to both the staff/paid-on-call firefighters in Germantown. The Germantown Community library will look beautiful this spring as Germantown employees donated money to purchase and labor to plant the large containers outside the front entrance to the library. A representative of the library and the Village of Germantown was very appreciative and told the FBFC Germantown employees that “businesses like First Bank Financial Centre, who care about their communities, are such an asset!” Lastly, the Germantown branch donated a Wii System to the Youth Futures of Germantown. The students were very excited and will be utilizing the system at their annual lock-in at Kennedy Middle School.
In Hartford, employees stopped by the Hartford Senior Center to hand out taxi vouchers for the residents to use and headed over to the Hartford Public Library during preschool hour to hand out books for the children to take home. The Hartford team also assisted residents of The Emerald Place with crafts and donated a fresh fruit basket, and they helped the Washington County Humane Society walk dogs while donating $100 along with an additional $50 worth of cleaning supplies. Lastly, the branch celebrated Earth Day by handing out re-usable bags with a $10 gift cards at Hartford’s Piggly Wiggly.
Our West Bend employees handed out $5 gift cards to the customers at St Vincent De Paul and McDonalds. The branch also delivered Panera bagels, fruit, and juice to the Volunteer Center of Washington County and Good Shepherd School faculty and staff. Lastly, some of the West Bend Employees head over to Starlight Learning Center to read a book called “Dirty Little Monkeys, ABC’s.” Max the FBFC Monkey attended to hand out a banana snack to the children after story time. The children really enjoyed the story and each one came up and gave Max a hug good-bye. Panera bagels and juice were provided to the employees along with a check for $30.00 to be used for school supplies.
Employees had a great time planning and performing their Random Acts of Kindness throughout the month of April -- there is nothing is like the gift of giving.
To see all the amazing photos that the branches took during their Random Acts of Kindness visit our Random Acts of Kindness Facebook Album!
Oconomowoc, Wis. – First Bank Financial Centre (FBFC) recently donated $1,000 to the Wisconsin Breast Cancer Showhouse (WBCS) and their Raise a Glass to Hope Gala. WBCS was founded in 1998 and is an all-volunteer charitable organization. Its mission is to support early-stage breast cancer and prostate cancer research at The Medical College of Wisconsin. Their Raise a Glass to Hope Gala will be a premiere showing of the 2015 Showcase and include small plate dining, music and fundraising festivities.
Since its founding, WBCS has donated over $5.45 million to MCW for promising research and to endow the recently established WBCS Professor of Breast Cancer Research.
As a community bank, FBFC is proud to donate to organizations like the Wisconsin Breast Cancer Showhouse. To learn more about the WBCS and their upcoming events please visit: http://www.breastcancershowhouse.org/wbcs2014/save_the_date.html
Pictured in Photo (left to right): Wendy Quaden, FBFC Brown Street Branch Manager; Katie Mohr, WBCS Board of Directors; Sally Schoenborn, FBFC Summit Branch Manager
First Bank Financial Centre (FBFC) recently donated $5,000 to Zachariah's Acres. Zachariah's Acres is a non-profit organization committed to making respite, recreation and nature accessible to children with special health care needs, and their families. They are uniquely positioned on 48 beautiful acres surrounded by nature, serenity and an amazing landscape which allows families, organizations, and community members to gather, to play, share fellowship, relax and learn.
As a volunteer organization, 100% of donated contributions go to making nature accessible to children with special needs, and their families. “Through support, many firsts such as hay wagon rides, fishing, gardening, animal care, inclusions, and other nature based activities are experienced by guests”, said Terry Bartowitz, President of Zachariah’s Acres.
Events and programs that allow families and children to enjoy enriching experiences and new adventures to enhance their daily lives. Events and programs that allow families and children to enjoy enriching experiences and new adventures to enhance their daily lives.
As a community bank, FBFC is proud to donate to wonderful organizations like Zachariah’s Acres.
To learn more about Zachariah’s Acres services, mission, programs, or events please visit http://www.zachariahsacres.org/
Pictured in photo (left to right): Josie Enockson; Nate Zastrow, Chief Financial Officer of FBFC; Althea Hetu;, Skyler Denman; Ian Banik; Mark Mohr, President and CEO of FBFC; Kevin O'Leary and Terry Bartowitz, President of Zachariah’s Acres.
On April 1, First Bank Financial Centre (FBFC) donated $2,500 the Brookfield Academy Dinner Auction, “A Knight Around the World”, taking place May 2, 2015.
The 2015 Dinner Auction will be a night of fundraising for the students of Brookfield Academy. This event will raise funds to renovate the Primary School, making the building better suited for their youngest scholars and the dedicated faculty it serves. FBFC has two Brookfield locations, one located at 12600 W. North Ave. and the other at 18815 West Capitol Dr.
Pictured in Photo: Karen Berghammer, FBFC; Krissy Kappl, Brookfield Academy; Derek Berube, FBFC
First Bank Financial Centre recently donated $1,000 to the Brookfield East Team 2202 BEAST Robotics team. BEAST Robotics is a year round club that works to design and build a robot to compete in the FIRST competitions. FIRST Robotics is a “unique sport of the mind” that instills students with real-world professional experience and lifelong skills such as teamwork and competition.
Each year, the BEAST team builds a robot in six weeks and competes at multiple competitions. The FBFC donation will be used towards robot production parts, tools, travel costs, team registration and competition costs. The BEAST Robotics team recently competed in the Lake Superior Regional in Duluth MN and ranked 19th out of 63 teams. The team was awarded the Hard Hat Award for their safety recognition for the outreach of children visiting the competition. On March 20-21 the team will be competing in the Wisconsin Regional at the UWM Panther Arena in Milwaukee. Admission to this event is free. For more information, or to donate to this organization, please visit their website at http://www.beastrobotics.com
Pictured in photo left to right: Richard Oake, BEAST Robotics Mentor, Christian Thorpe, BEAST Robotics; Jeff McCarthy, FBFC Marketing Director; and Vincent Klann Marzion, BEAST Robotics
First Bank Financial Centre (FBFC) is proud to once again support the German Christmas Market (GCM), a festive, community-driven event, with a $3,500.00 donation.
The German Christmas Market provides an array of entertainment, food, and shopping during Thanksgiving weekend under more than 3,000 square feet of heated space. From pictures with Santa, to scrolling through the decorated outdoor Christmas village, to authentic German cuisine, there’s sure to be something for everyone.
Visit the Village Green Park in downtown Oconomowoc on Nov. 27th- 29th, 2015 to experience where ‘Germany meets Wisconsin, mixed with holiday merriment’.
For more information on the German Christmas Market, please visit their website at www.germanchristmasmarket.org.
Pictured in photo: Todd Sheid, FBFC Corporate Branch Manager, Sharon Manke, German Christmas Market President; Joe Haas German Christmas Market Media Productions
First Bank Financial Centre donated $2,500 to the Oconomowoc LakeWalk for Cancer that will be taking place on May 2, 2015 at Fowler Park in Oconomowoc. A long-time supporter of this annual event, FBFC has also formed a team to participate and raise additional funds for this cause.
While concern about cancer is universal, money raised at/for the LakeWalk stays here, benefitting patients at the Regional Cancer Center at Oconomowoc Memorial Hospital.
First Bank Financial Centre is proud to participate in this local event, demonstrating how a community can come together for a common cause. If you would like more information or to register for the LakeWalk, please visit http://www.lakewalk.org
Pictured in photo: Nicole Bessert, Lakewalk Coordinator; Laura Laftery, MD, ProHealth Care Regional Cancer Center; Mary Gilvert, Nurse Navigator, ProHealth Care Regional Cancer Center; Diane Mayhugh, FBFC; Paula Jacobs, Director of Annual Giving, ProHealth Care; Mark Mohr, President and CEO of FBFC; Paula Filardo, RN, ProHealth Care Regional Cancer Center
First Bank Financial Centre (FBFC) recently donated $10,000 to the Bell Tower Memorial. The Bell Tower Memorial will be located in the City of Pewaukee, about two blocks north of I-94 on the corner of Hwy. 164 and Busse Rd., adjacent to Pilgrim’s Rest Cemetery.
The Bell Tower Memorial will be a destination where community members and visitors can connect across generations while listening to the beautiful sounds of carillon bell ringing. Slated to break ground this summer, it will be a symbol to encourage those in the community to honor all Veterans, pay tribute to special loved ones, inspire learners of all ages through education, and enhance the community with a gathering place for memorial celebrations and community events.
To learn more about the Bell Tower Memorial and to watch its continual progress through updates, please visit www.belltowermemorial.org
Pictured in photo( from left to right): Jerry Pizzano, Pewaukee Bell Tower Memorial Leadership Committee; Steve Peterman, Pewaukee Bell Tower Memorial President ; Mark Mohr, FBFC President & CEO, Ann Hasselkus, Pewaukee Bell Tower Memorial Committee Member; Remzy Bitar, Pewaukee Bell Tower Memorial Board Member; John Miller, Pewaukee Bell Tower Memorial Leadership Committee; Jean Miller, Pewaukee Bell Tower Memorial Secretary/Treasurer; Cheri Enters, Pewaukee Bell Tower Memorial Leadership Committee.
First Bank Financial Centre (FBFC) recently stepped in to support the Grafton Publics Arts Board by donating $2,100, what was left and required to accomplish their goal for their project of the Historic Grafton Dam. This final donation took the Grafton Public Arts Board "over the top" on finalizing the fundraising efforts for the Art in Motion dam lighting project.
“FBFC has been watching the dam project unfold over the past few years. We are very proud to support the mission of the Village of Grafton’s Public Arts Board through our donation to create Art in Motion at the Historic Grafton Dam,” said Kris Barger, Branch Manager of FBFC’s Grafton branch.
The dam illumination project was spearheaded by the Public Arts Board and FBFC’s finishing donation will now allow them to light the waterfall correctly and add an exciting element to the Grafton village. A check for $2,100 was presented to the organization on December 15th at the Grafton Village Board meeting.
“I heard of the Save the Dam project when FBFC began serving the Grafton market. When the opportunity to contribute to the Grafton Public Arts Board was presented, FBFC was happy to step in,” said Dave Sutton, FBFC VP Retail Banking and Wealth Management.
The purpose of the illumination project is to highlight the waterfall of the Bridge Street Dam. For more information on the project or other Grafton news, please visit www.village.grafton.wi.us.
Pictured are from left: David Sutton, FBFC VP Retail Banking and Wealth Management; Kris Barger, FBFC Branch Manager; Erin Blum, Public Arts Board and James Brunnquell, Village President
For the fourth consecutive year, First Bank Financial Centre (FBFC) and Ebert’s Greenhouse joined forces to raise money to purchase Thanksgiving meals for families in need in the Oconomowoc area.
FBFC and Ebert’s partnered with Piggly Wiggly in Oconomowoc to purchase food items for these meals. All meals included a Thanksgiving turkey, apple juice, fruit cocktail, green beans, corn, cranberry sauce, stuffing, mashed potatoes, gravy, orange and strawberry jello, corn bread, and muffin mix. “Tammy from Piggly Wiggly was incredibly helpful, and worked very thoroughly to purchase the largest quantity of food for our donation. This year, we were able to feed 60 area families and hopefully made their Thanksgiving just a bit more special,” said Heather Koltermann of FBFC’s Corporate Marketing Department.
The money for the meals was raised during a fundraiser that took place during November at Ebert’s Greenhouse. For every pumpkin sold during this time period, FBFC and Ebert’s each donated $1.00 – for a grand total donation of $1,000.00.
On November 21, FBFC and Ebert employees assembled the 60 meals at the First Congregational Church of Oconomowoc, where families then collected their Thanksgiving meals.
Pictured in the photo (beginning left top to right): Chris Wanner, FBFC Corporate Customer Service Manager; TouGer Lee, FBFC IT Director; Scott Berther, Ebert’s Greenhouse; David Kroll, Ebert’s Greenhouse; Dave Charpentier, Ebert’s Greenhouse; Sally Schoenborn, FBFC Branch Manager; Diane Mayhugh, FBFC Administrative Assistant ; Stacey Balistreri, FBFC Senior Credit Analyst ; Todd Scheid, FBFC Branch Manager ; Ashley Toth, FBFC Retail Loan Operations Assistant; Tim Roskopf, FBFC Assistant Facilities Manager; Katelynn Jorgenson, FBFC Personal Banker; Rosie Rutkowski, FBFC Relationship Banker; Mark Mohr, FBFC President and CEO; Ryan Johannes, FBFC Business Analyst; Wendy Quaden, FBFC Branch Manager and Heather Koltermann, FBFC Business Lines Marketing Coordinator.