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On March 5, First Bank Financial Centre (FBFC) donated $3,500 to The Family Center of Washington County for their 2nd Annual Color Me Healthy 5k Run/Walk, becoming the event’s premier sponsor.
Taking place on Sunday, June 22nd, the Color Me Healthy 5K Run/Walk will offer both a 5k and 1 mile race option and a free “tot trot” for the youngest of participants. Runners will pass through color bursting stations to decorate their white First Bank Financial Centre tee shirt. Following the color-filled run, refreshments will be available for all race participants. All proceeds benefit The Family Center of Washington County.
The Family Center opened September 4, 1990, through the efforts of local schools, parents, social service leaders in the community, and private donors. For more than 23 years, their mission has been to provide a resource where parents and caregivers can find support for the most important job they will ever have – caring for, and raising children. Offering parent education and support programs, interactive family activities, family drop-in playgroup, and a parent and child resource library, their facility has something available to enrich the lives of all families in Washington County.
For more information on The Family Center of Washington County, or to register for the Color Me Healthy 5k, visit their website at wcfamilycenter.org. Early bird discounts for the race are available now through April 30.
Pictured in photo from left: Bonnie Debroux, Executive Director of the Family Center with Albert Curl, Branch Manager at First Bank Financial Centre.
On March 4, First Bank Financial Centre donated $1,000 to Oconomowoc High School’s Post Prom event taking place April 5, 2014.
Following prom, students are transported to the YMCA at Pabst Farms for food, prizes, entertainment, and more, sponsored by the fundraising efforts of the post prom committee. Post Prom offers a safe place for students to gather from 12:00 a.m. – 3:00 a.m. after prom concludes. Students who do not attend prom are also welcome to attend, for a nominal fee.
For more information, or to donate to this organization, please visit their website at ohspto.com, or contact Lisa Bahr at (414) 915-5395.
Pictured in photo from left: Susan Herro, OHS PTO (Post Prom Committee); Joseph Moylan, OHS Principal Todd Scheid, Vice President and Branch Manager of FBFC Oconomowoc Corporate Branch
For the third 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. “Tammy and Dan were incredibly helpful, and worked very diligently to purchase the largest quantity of food for our donation. This year, we were able to feed 63 area families, all while working with a local, community-minded grocery store,” said Jodi Schwefel of FBFC’s Corporate Marketing Department.
Monies were raised during a fundraiser that took place during the month of October at Ebert’s Greenhouse. For every pumpkin sold during October, FBFC and Ebert’s each donated $1.00 – for a grand total donation of $1,000.00.
On November 22, FBFC and Ebert employees assembled the 63 meals at the First Congregational Church of Oconomowoc, where families then came to collect their Thanksgiving meals.
Pictured in the photo (beginning with top row, left to right): Jessica Archie, Katie Waldorf, Tonya Esser, Chris Wanner, Kerri Yenor, all of FBFC. (second row) Mark Mohr, Wendy Quaden, Stacy
Grafenauer, Sally Schoenborn, Tim Roskopf, all of FBFC; and David Knoll, Mark Ebert, and Ron Ebert, of Ebert’s Greenhouse. (third row) Todd Scheid, of FBFC.
First Bank Financial Centre (FBFC) recently donated $500.00 to the Adult Literacy Center (ALC) of Ozaukee County. The ALC was founded in 1988 by members of Grace Lutheran Church in Grafton, Wisconsin, who wanted to put their faith into action by providing free literacy services to the community. The Center was completely restructured in 2013, and is now run separately from the church, governed by a Board of Directors, and operates as a 501(c)(3).
ALC continues to rely on volunteer tutors to provide one-on-one instruction in English writing, reading, speaking, and comprehension at the center's main office. There are currently 40 active tutors who devote approximately 130 hours per month to teaching. These tutors work with students seeking to learn English as a second language, as well as native English speakers seeking to improve their reading and writing skills.
FBFC’s donation allowed ALC to train 9 tutors, to date, and another session is scheduled in the near future to train an additional 9. ALC is currently looking for new students, and is planning a more extensive outreach program in 2013 in an effort to increase awareness of the center, and the free services they provide to Ozaukee County.
For questions about the ALC or to volunteer, please email them at email@example.com, or call (262) 546-0020.
Pictured in the photo (left to right): Julie Stelter, of ALC, Robert Blazich, of ALC, and Amelia Macareno, of FBFC.
First Bank Financial Centre (FBFC) has committed $5,000 per year, for the next three years, to the Center for Life Enrichment at Shorehaven in Oconomowoc. The Center for Life Enrichment is open to the public, and offers multiple classes and events focused on strategies for living life to the fullest. In addition to an auditorium, library, computer access, multiple conference rooms, and the spacious Café LaBelle, the Center serves as an all-around headquarters for successful living.
Chuck Thorsen, a long-time resident of Oconomowoc, is one community member who enjoys all the Center has to offer. “I eat at the Center at least three times a week because I love the atmosphere there. It’s the only place in Oconomowoc that has a lake view for breakfast. Beyond that, the staff is really friendly and the food is very good,” shares Chuck.
Not only does Chuck thoroughly enjoy the dining services at the Center, but he and his family gather there every Saturday to visit. “There’s usually about 10-14 of us, so it’s convenient to have somewhere spacious to talk and catch up,” says Chuck.
FBFC is proud to support the Center for Life Enrichment, and encourages the public to inquire about their beneficial programs and services.
For more information about Shorehaven or the Center for Life Enrichment, please call (262) 567-8341, or visit their website at http://www.shorehavenliving.org.
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 is in its second season, and boasts 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 shopping the huts of 30 unique retail vendors, to authentic German cuisine, there’s sure to be something for everyone.
Visit the Village Green Park in downtown Oconomowoc on Nov. 29, 30, and Dec. 1 to experience where ‘Germany meets Wisconsin, mixed with holiday merriment’.
For more information on the Market, please visit their Website at http://www.germanchristmasmarket.org/home.html.
Pictured in the photo (left to right): Mark Mohr, FBFC bank president, Kathy Kaempf, GCM board member, Bob Duffy, GCM board member, Sharon Manke, GCM board member, Jerry Noll, GCM board member, and Heidi Laatsch, GCM board member.
The Oconomowoc Area Foundation (OAF) was formed in 2002 by local leaders in an effort to provide an easy, effective way for those who want to provide support to local charitable causes. It includes a general fund, and 14 affiliated funds, that collectively provide approximately $300,000 in grants annually. To date, the OAF has given over $2,000,000 to more than 60 non-profit organizations benefitting the Oconomowoc area.
Each year, the Oconomowoc Area Foundation (OAF) honors area non-profits at its Annual Celebration. This year’s celebration was held on October 11th at the Golden Mast. This event is important to the Oconomowoc community, as it raises awareness to the five priority areas the OAF supports from its general endowment fund: caring for children, developing youth, helping those in need, preserving the environment, and promoting the community’s economic and cultural development.
This year’s OAF Annual Celebration was made possible because of the generosity of our sponsors, including a $2,500 donation from First Bank Financial Centre (FBFC). The community bank’s ongoing leadership and philanthropic vision greatly helps the OAF in its mission to support the needs of the Oconomowoc area.
Pictured in the photo (left to right): Mark Mohr, First Bank Financial Centre’s President, Maribeth Bush, OAF Board of Director, Nate Zastrow, First Bank Financial Centre’s Chief Financial Officer.
On April 12, 2013, the Elmbrook Education Foundation (EEF) was able to host their annual Spring Gala fundraiser, in large part, due to the generous contribution of $3,500 by First Bank Financial Centre. "The EEF commitment of $100,000 to the Elmbrook School District to bring Gateway to Technology to our middle schools is more achievable, thanks to First Bank Financial Centre and their generous contribution to our gala,"comments Leslie Dehn, EEF executive director. The EEF is a non-profit organization dedicated to promoting educational excellence within the Elmbrook School District through grants, scholarships, and endowments. Through fundraising efforts, like the Spring Gala, and working closely with local businesses, like First Bank Financial Centre, the EEF works to implement critical educational programs.
One such program is Gateway to Technology, which is currently being implemented in district middle schools. The goal of this program is to better prepare our students for a global, connected and ever-changing workplace environment. Learning and innovation skills are what separate students who are prepared for increasingly complex life and work environments, and those who are not. Gateway to Technology is a strategic step in developing a robust STEM (science, technology, engineering, and math) curriculum within our middle schools.
Another significant goal of Gateway to Technology is to engage female students at a younger age. Currently, there is a significant underrepresentation of female students seeking STEM-related college degrees. Exposing all students to Gateway to Technology curricula in middle school will increase the likelihood of female students seeking degrees and careers in STEM-related fields, as well their male counterparts. Elmbrook hopes to see a 50% participation rate in Gateway to Technology courses, and a 20% increase in program enrollment at the high school level.
Upon hearing what the Elmbrook School District wanted to achieve, the Elmbrook Education Foundation stepped up to offer financial support. The EEF offered $100,000 to assist the district in implementing Gateway to Technology. Efforts are under way to raise that money through fundraising events like the Spring Gala and the upcoming event, Ladies' Night, to be held December 2, 2013.
With strong, local business support from organizations like First Bank Financial Centre, the EEF hopes to meet their commitment within two years. To make a donation to the EEF or read more about Gateway to Technology/STEM, please visit, http://www.elmbrookeducationfoundation.com.
Pictured in the photo (left to right): Kelsey Printz and Abby Warren, both from Pilgrim Park Middle School
Since 2008, the Lake Country Shop with Cops program has been giving children in the Lake Country area a brighter holiday season. Through this program, children are paired with police personnel, and are taken shopping for gifts for their families, and are even given the opportunity to pick out a gift just for them.
Once again, First Bank Financial Centre is proud to donate $1,000.00 to this spirited cause.
Pictured in the photo (left to right): Wendy Quaden, First Bank Financial Centre Branch Manager, Kim Italiano, Dispatcher for the City of Oconomowoc Police Department, Dawn Cook, Officer for the City of Oconomowoc Police Department, Todd Scheid, First Bank Financial Centre Branch Manager.
First Bank Financial Centre (FBFC) proudly donated $1,500.00 to The Logemann Community Center’s Historic Day, which took place on September 21, 2013.
Historic Day, located in Thiensville Village Park, is the center’s biggest event of the year. This is a free event, is open to the public, and encourages residents of all ages to celebrate local heritage.
The focal point is an interactive historic campsite, depicting life in the early 1800’s, including a blacksmith, mountain man depicting a Native American lifestyle, primitive musician/fur trader, plus spinners and weavers. The event is also used as an educational tool for schools. Friday's School Day offers local 4th grade classes a private visit with the re-enactors for a highly interactive educational experience.
Pictured in the photo (left to right): Amelia Macareno, Market Development, Vice President at First Bank Financial Centre (Grafton Office), Grace Uselding, Branch Manager, Assistant Vice President at First Bank Financial Centre (Mequon Office), Jeff Sama, President at The Logemann Community Center, and Mark Brunner, Business Director at The Logemann Community Center.
First Bank Financial Centre recently donated $10,000.00 to AngelsGrace Hospice (AGH) in Oconomowoc, WI. The dedicated employees of AngelsGrace touch so many lives during some of the most difficult times – not only those lives of the residents who spend their final days there – but also the families who rely on this end-of-life care for their loved ones.
Larry Lee, a resident at AGH for nearly three months, lost his life in June 2012. His wife Roberta praises the facility and its staff for the care they provided during his final days. Visiting daily, Roberta knew he was comfortable and at peace, saying “The staff is so wonderful. Larry really felt at home, and had everything he needed.”
Married 42 years, Larry and Roberta raised their daughter Isabel to age 18 when she passed away from a rare nervous system disorder. Though no stranger to loss, Roberta is thankful every day for the life and time she shared with her husband and daughter. She stated, “I thank God for AngelsGrace Hospice. I know that anyone who walks through the door will find the same comfort and peace that we did. They gave my Larry the best care during his final days and helped him to die with dignity.”
Roberta was so pleased with the organization and the care they provided she has stayed in touch and most recently made a donation for a tribute marker to be placed on the Espalier Tree Sculpture outside the AGH facility in honor of the one year anniversary of Larry’s passing.
The much needed services offered through AGH are made possible by generous donations. For more information about the facility, or to make a donation, please call (262) 468-0115, or visit them online
Photo 1: Roberta Lee with photos of her husband Larry and daughter Isabel
Photo 2 from left: Kathleen Mullen, Supervisor of AGH; Mark W. Mohr, President and CEO of FBFC; and Dawn Wollenzien, Development Officer, ProHealth Care Foundation/AGH