Community Giving


Brookfield East BEAST Robotics

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
 BEAST 2015

German Christmas Market

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

German Christmas Market 2015

ProHealth Care Lakewalk for Cancer

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
 LakeWalk ProHealth 2015

The Bell Tower Memorial

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.
 Bell Tower

Grafton Publics Arts Board

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 

Dam Illumination 2014

Thanksgiving Pumpkin Program

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.

Thanksgiving Pumpkin Program 2014

True Blue Day

 On November 7, First Bank Financial Centre (FBFC) participated in Oconomowoc’s True Blue Day.  True Blue Day was an initiative put forth by Oconomowoc Businesses in effort to fill the food pantry shelves before the holidays and help fight hunger in the community. Employees of participating companies could wear jeans on Friday, November 7, if they made a food or monetary donation. 

Thanks to the generosity of First Bank Financial Centre employees, FBFC collected 240non-perishable items of food and $240.00 in monetary donations. 

Pictured in photo Chris Wanner, FBFC Corporate Customer Service Manager; Todd Scheid, FBFC Corporate Branch Manager; Benjamin DeRemer, FBFC Personal Banker; Gale Zastrow, FBFC Relationship Banker; Morgan Rindahl, FBFC Customer Service Representative and Ginger Gates-Sudol, FBFC Insurance Case Manager

True Blue 2015 1

Oconomowoc Public Eduation Foundation

Oconomowoc, Wis. – First Bank Financial Centre (FBFC) recently donated $3,000 to the Oconomowoc Public Education Foundation’s (OPEF) Annual Ball, an enchanting masquerade in Sleepy Hollow, taking place on Saturday, October 18 at the Concord House.

Attendees will enjoy dinner, drinks, prizes, auctions, and featured music by The Boogie Men.  Proceeds from the evening benefit OPEF’s education grants. 

For more information on the Annual Ball, OPEF, or to attend, please visit their Website at https://www.opef.info/.

Pictured in photo from left to right | Mark Mohr, President and CEO, FBFC; Wendy Quaden, Branch Manager, FBFC; Katie Mikulak, OAEF Board Member; Katie Waldorf, Customer Service Manager, FBFC; David Sutton, VP of Retail Banking and Wealth Management, FBFC

OPEF 2014

Camp Hometown Hereos

First Bank Financial Centre (FBFC) recently raised more than $4,000 for Camp Hometown Heroes (CHTH), a non-profit organization working with the children of our fallen heroes.

CHTH is a national, free, week-long overnight summer camp for the children of fallen U.S. service members. During their visit to camp, the children have the opportunity to openly discuss their feelings and experiences through the support of pediatric grief specialists, in addition to enjoying typical summer camp activities.

Spearheaded by Kris Barger, Branch Manager of FBFC’s Grafton branch, money was raised through a variety of fundraising activities across eleven branches, including selling American flags, caramel apples, root beer floats, lemonade, s’more ingredients as well as putting on sundae bars, brat frys and bake sales.  $3,210 was raised through FBFC’s branch network, while a charitable contribution of $1,000 from the corporate office, created a grand total of $4,210. Separate from the banks efforts Kris’s family donated an additional $1,468.

“Working on this was a great reminder of all the ways I am blessed,” said Kris Barger of FBFC.  “I've always wanted to find a special way to show my thanks and appreciation for the sacrifices the men and women (and their children) make everyday so that we can live, work and play like we do.  We found our way to say "thank you".”

Mark Mohr, President and CEO of FBFC when speaking about CHTH said, “Kris Barger is a strong advocate for Camp Hometown Heroes. She organized a highly successful fundraising program at our bank and we are very proud.  FBFC is committed to giving back to the communities we serve and we are honored to participate in this wonderful program.”

On August 14th, Kris Barger presented a check for $4,210.00 to Camp Hometown Heroes on FBFC’s behalf.  The combined efforts of Kris Barger and FBFC will give five children the opportunity to attend Camp Hometown Heroes next summer.

Pictured in the photo (left to right): Neil Willenson, Camp Hometown Heroes; Deb Paschke, Camp Hometown Heroes; Kris Barger, FBFC. 
 Hometown Hereos