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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.
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
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.