Community Giving

Wisconsin Breast Cancer Showhouse

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:

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
WBCS 2015

Zachariah's Acres

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

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.  Zach Acres 2015


Brookfield Academy Dinner Action

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

Brookfield Acd.


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

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

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 

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 

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

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