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During the month of November, FBFC asks the community to nominate an individual, family, or charitable organization that deserves some holiday cheer. During the first three weeks of December, FBFC’s 12 branches deliver $500 checks to 12 nonprofits and gifts, valued up to $500, to 12 families or individuals as part of its “Holi-Days of Giving” program.
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East Brookfield Individual: Donny | Donny is a 4th grader whose father passed away this past September. According to Amy, Donny’s neighbor and nominator, “Donny and Jim were very, very close and shared a love for sports, especially the Packers.” During a surprise celebration at FBFC’s East Brookfield Branch, Donny received autographed Packers memorabilia and clothing to help brighten the holiday season.
Hartford NonPorfit: Support The Troops | Support The Troops was started in 2007 by one mother sending care packages to her sons overseas. After hearing from her sons when they were deployed that other soldiers did not receive mail, she was compelled to start sending boxes to others as well. The momentum continued, even when her children returned home, and Support the Troops WI was created. All of the items for the care packages and postage are from donations, and to date, more than 5,000 care packages have been sent to our troops deployed all around the world with their generous support.
Mequon Individual: Eunice | Eunice’s husband has an incurable disease that doesn't have any hope for remission, or any medication to help with the deteriorating effects of the disease. Eunice works full time and is also her husband’s caregiver; she helps him in and out of bed, makes his meals and does her best to give him as much enjoyment in his life for the time he has left. She is a strong and giving person who also babysits her four grandchildren whenever she’s asked. Eunice’s “Holi-Days” surprise included gift cards to Pick ‘n Save for groceries and to Netflix.
Grafton: Nonprofit: Ozaukee Family Services | Ozaukee Family Services assists families throughout the year and even extra assistance around the holidays. Their nomination read that they were working on trying to purchase a mountain bike to a 14 year old male counseling client. This young man needs to bike everywhere, including his counseling sessions, in every type of weather as his parents are unable to give him rides. He was currently riding a bike that is meant for a much smaller boy and was difficult to pedal. FBFC was happy to purchase the bike, along with all sorts of accessories and provided it to the Ozaukee Family Services!
Hartford Individual: Madie |Madie is a delightful, adorable 5 year old who has been diagnosed with Ganglioneuroblatoma, and has undergone 10 rounds of chemo and roughly 15 blood transfusions this past year at Children's Hospital of Wisconsin. 2015 was a challenge for her, but she is a survivor and should be an inspiration for all to see. During FBFC’s Holi-days of Giving, FBFC asks the community to nominate an individual, family, or charitable organization that deserves some holiday cheer. Amy Schmoldt nominated Madie and FBFC was excited to have her favorite Disney princesses, Elsa and Cinderella, help present her with tickets to Disney On Ice, and seveal "Frozen" holiday gifts.
Please visit FBFC's Facebook Album to take a look at all the photos and read each touching story.
FBFC recently donated $500.00 to Oconomowoc Area Senior Center. Founded in 1989, the OASC is supported by donations and senior memberships. Staffed by volunteers, who donate over 6,000 hours annually, and a part-time paid coordinator, this facility provides services and activities in education, creative arts, recreation, health, nutrition, and connections to community resources and other supportive social services.
The OASC is an essential part of the Oconomowoc community. The center serves as a collection site for several community causes including: The Oconomowoc Food Pantry, Oconomowoc Lions Club and Wildlife in Need Center. The Center office is open Monday through Friday from 9 a.m. – 4 p.m. FBFC is proud to support the Oconomowoc Area Senior Center. For more information about OASC please visit OconomowocSeniors.org.
Pictured in Photo: Todd Sheid, FBFC Corporate Branch Manager and Todd Sivak, Director of Wealth Management, SSWM
For the fifth 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, stuffing, mashed potatoes, gravy, orange and strawberry jello, and corn muffin mix. “Tammy from Piggly Wiggly was extremely helpful as always, and worked very hard to help us purchase the largest quantity of food for our donation. This year, we were able to feed 63 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 October at Ebert’s Greenhouse. For every pumpkin sold during the month of October, FBFC and Ebert’s each donated $1.00, for a grand total donation of $1,000.00. On November 23rd, FBFC and Ebert employees assembled the 63 meals at the First Congregational Church of Oconomowoc, where families then collected their Thanksgiving meals.
First Bank Financial Centre (FBFC) recently donated $500.00 to Cope Services for their 17th annual “Take- A -Break Luncheon”. This event is being held on February 10th, 2016 at the Milwaukee Country Club. The mission of COPE Services is to provide emotional support and crisis intervention through 24-hour telephone helplines, a website and development of educational materials and programs. As a community bank, FBFC is proud to donate to wonderful organizations like Cope Services. If you would like more information on Cope Services please visit http://www.copeservices.org.
Our West Bend branch was happy to present a $500 check for the 12th annual "Shop with a Cop" program. The event allows underprivileged children from Washington County to spend a fun filled evening with Washington County Law Enforcement Officers and volunteers. To learn more about this event visit: http://washingtoncountysheriffwi.org/shop.php. The West Bend staff will again be wrapping presents for the children's families after they return from their shopping trip with the police officers.
During the month of September, National Childhood Cancer Awareness Month, First Bank Financial Centre (FBFC) partnered with the Grafton School District to raise $5,230 for the MACC Fund and Gold in September.
Monies raised for Gold in September were in honor of Olivia Stern, a kindhearted 14 year old cancer warrior, currently living with Acute Lymphoblastic Leukemia. Fundraising activities included selling
t-shirts, gold rubber wristbands and coordinating a bank sponsored bake sale. mphoblastic Leukemia, but more importantly she is living with hope and purpose. How did she celebrate her birthday? She picked up a check for $5230 that was raised by First Bank Financial Centre (FBFC) in her honor for MACC Fund - Midwest Athletes Against Childhood Cancer, Inc. and Gold in September. “I am amazed and overjoyed by the Grafton School District and Grafton Community. Olivia wanted to raise awareness of the color gold representing Childhood Cancer and a community stepped up to make that happen. I’m so proud to work at FBFC. We are making a difference”, said Kris Barger, Branch Manager of FBFC.
Our mission is to help every child everywhere by uniting foundations, organizations, hospitals and people to raise awareness, create hope and defeat cancer. Our mission is to help every child everywhere by uniting foundations, organizations, hospitals and people to raise awareness, create hope and defeat cancer.
On September 28th, 2015 employees from the FBFC Grafton branch, the Grafton School District and the Grafton community came together to present a check in the amount of $5,230.00 to Olivia Stern, the MACC Fund and Gold in September. To learn more about Olivia and her journey, please visit: http://www.caringbridge.org/visit/oliviastern
First Bank Financial Centre (FBFC) recently donated 500.00 to the Elmbrook Education Foundation.
The Elmbrook Education Foundation (formerly known as the Lancer-Spartan Scholarship Foundation) was organized in 1958 to award scholarships to select Elmbrook School District high school graduates. In 1999, the Foundation's mission expanded to include innovative teacher grants for projects that would benefit all students. raise money to support and strengthen outstanding learning ideas that improve the overall educational quality of our public schools.
Since inception, the EEF has awarded over $1.000,000 in scholarships and grants which enhance and extend the established curriculum and support projects that are beyond the District's budget. If you would like more information on Cope Services please visit http://elmbrookeducationfoundation.org/
Oconomowoc, Wis. – During the months of July and August, First Bank Financial Centre embarked on its annual School Supply Drive. With the help of FBFC employees, customers, and community members, they were able to donate thousands of items including notebooks, binders, folders, glue, rulers, scissors, brand new back packs, and much more.
Both the FBFC Grafton and Mequon branches received many donations of school supplies from customers, as well as their own staff. The materials were donated to Family Sharing of Ozaukee County. Family Sharing’s client base is comprised of Ozaukee County residents, which includes low-income families with children, the elderly, and those who deal with serious physical and mental health issues. As always, the Family Sharing of Ozaukee County was very appreciative of the donation.
First Bank Financial Centre’s Brookfield branches donated their collected supplies to Wilson Elementary in Wauwatosa and to Fox River Congregational Church in Brookfield. Father Ronnie Richardson of Fox River is going to combine the items with their school supplies and give them to Hebron House in Waukesha. The Hebron House has been the largest nonprofit provider of services to the homeless men, women and children of Waukesha County for thirty years.
The Hartland branch collected and donated hundreds of school supplies to Zion Evangelical Lutheran Church and School for their school program.They were very thankful we donated supplies to their programs at the Church.
The FBFC’s Oconomowoc branches decided to combine efforts and support Summit Elementary School. There was a tremendous amount of supplies that were donated from both bank employees and the community. The supplies will be used for children who have no supplies for the school year as well as to re-stock the classrooms. There was also a cash donation of $23.00 that was turned into a Cashier’s Check and made payable to Summit Elementary School.
The Menomonee Falls branch also collected school supplies and donated them to the School District of Menomonee Falls for students who have the most need.
FBFC’s Germantown and West Bend branches participated in Washington County’s Stuff the Bus event. This initiative encourages local businesses and organizations to fill a full-sized school bus with various supplies for local families. The Germantown branch had a great response and collected a great variety of items, and the Germantown School District will make sure the families most in need of assistance will receive the donations.
Along with Stuff the Bus, the West Bend branch also collected $200 in monetary donations from customers. “We had a fantastic year for collecting school supplies for Stuff the Bus. We collected over 10 backpacks that were stuffed with school supplies, in addition to tons of notebooks, pencil cases, pens, pencils, calculators, erasers and markers. We had a very large barrel that was decorated by the boys and girls that was overflowing”, said Barb Beck, Relationship Banker at FBFC.
The Hartford branch was happy to donate their school supplies to School District of Hartford Joint 1. The school districted was very thankful and noted that the donation of supplies will help out many of their students and relieve the burden from parents. The donation of these supplies will help out many of our students and relieve the burden from parents. Anyone experiencing financial difficulties and in need of supplies can contact their building principal.
Pictured in photo 1 | Pictured in photo Mequon School Supply Drive: Dylan Setzer, FBFC, with Kerry Tharp from Family Sharing
Pictured in photo 2 | Hartford School Supply Drive: Dr. Mark Smits District Administrator Joint One Hartford School District and Jon Martin, FBFC Branch Manager
Pictured in photo 3 | Oconomowoc School Supply Drive: Jodie Jest,Summit Elementary School; Lauren Thurow, FBFC Summit branch; Katelynn M. Jorgenson, FBFC Brown Street Branch; Lace Ann Schultz, FBFC Oconomowoc Main Branch; Todd Sheid, FBFC Oconomowoc Main Branch Manager.
First Bank Financial Centre (FBFC) recently donated $5,000 to the Oconomowoc Public Education Foundation’s (OPEF) Annual Ball,Once Upon a Midnight Dreary, While I Pondered Weak and Weary..., taking place on Saturday, October 17th at the Olympia Resort.
Attendees will enjoy live music, cocktails and passed hors d’oeuvres, a three course dinner with wine and a silent and live auction. For more information on the Annual Ball, OPEF, or to attend, please visit their Website at https://www.opef.info/.
Pictured in photo: Deb Meunier, Deanna Marincic, Michelle Eimon and Becky Bohrman from OPEF and FBFC Brown Street Branch Manager, Wendy Quaden; FBFC Brown Street Assistant Branch Manager, Katie Waldorf and FBFC President, Mark Mohr.
First Bank Financial Centre (FBFC) donated $1,000 to the Oconomowoc Festival of the Arts. Festival of the Arts is a two-day event, August 15-16, held at Fowler Park in Oconomowoc, which showcases artists from around the country. The festival offers plenty of entertainment and many family friendly activities. Festival of the Arts is a wonderful event to sponsor and FBFC looks forward to another successful year. For information on the Oconomowoc Festival of the Arts, please visit their Website at www.oconomowocarts.org.
First Bank Financial Centre (FBFC) recently donated $1,500 to the Jonathan Clark House Museum in Mequon.
The Jonathan Clark House is a Greek revival historic house located at 13615 N. Cedarburg Rd in Mequon, Wisconsin. The house is constructed of fieldstone with a limestone front and was built in 1848 for Jonathan Clark who migrated to the area in 1839. An aggressive preservation and restoration process is currently underway.
To learn more about the Jonathan Clark House or to attend an open house please visit http://jonathanclarkhouse.com.
Pictured in photo (left to right): Fred Derr, Preservation Manager, Margaret Bussone, Museum Assistant Director; Grace Uselding, FBFC Branch Manager; Nina Look, Museum Director; Cindy Bock, Membership Coordinator