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2017 Citizens For Citizens

Some of the employee team members of Citizens For Citizens.

The employees of Citizens Bank Minnesota take great pride in volunteerism and helping our neighbors within the community. We have been active in this effort for many years and through evolution and change, we are now Citizens for Citizens. By having a variety of fundraisers during the year, we will be able to donate all proceeds to several non-profits/charities in and around the communities we serve. This year they include the Southern Minnesota Crisis Nursery, NUMAS Haus, Minnesota Lions Diabetes Foundation and Relay for Life. Our Lafayette branch is donating proceeds to the Lafayette Area Ambulance, our La Salle branch is donating to the Watonwan County Backpack program, and our Lakeville branch is donating to PawPads. Our fundraisers include pot lucks, an employee silent auction, a crafters’ weekend and a 5K walk/run, among others. Our hope is to impact the lives of our neighbors in some way through these efforts.

By: Barb Marti, Administrative Assistant/Receptionist

Citizens donates $3,000 to ISD #88 Greenhouse Project Fund

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Citizens Bank Minnesota proudly presents a check for $3,000.00 to the ISD #88 Greenhouse Project Fund at the New Ulm High School. Funds will be used to expand and develop their Greenhouse. Pictured in the photo are members of the FFA Chapter, NUHS Ag Teacher Jeff Nelson, Citizens staff Tim Hoscheit (Sr. Vice President), Lou Geistfeld (President), Rose Wendinger (Asst. Vice President), Pat Brennan (Vice President) and NUHS Ag Teacher Kelsey Brandt.

Citizens Bank Minnesota employees donate $3,052.00 worth of gifts to families in need.

 

Citizens Bank Minnesota's New Ulm main office provided gifts for a local family in need.

Citizens Bank Minnesota's Lafayette staff provided Christmas food boxes for local families in need.

Lafayette staff prepare Christmas food boxes for local families in need.

Citizens Bank Minnesota employees were excited to help families in need this Holiday Season. Our main office in New Ulm as well as two branch locations in La Salle and Lakeville each adopted an area family. Money was donated by employees, raised through a bake sale and free-will donation luncheons, and with a bank match it made it possible to donate $3,052.00 in gifts for these families. We were able to fulfill all the needs the families had, plus more!

Citizens Bank Minnesota, Lafayette Branch, also participated in our Adopt-a-Family project.  Together with the New Ulm Jaycees and guidance from Nick Peterson, an Ag Lender in Lafayette who is involved with the Jaycee’s Christmas Food Basket Project, the Lafayette staff was able to help families in need of food for the Christmas Holiday by collecting money from employees and from fundraising.  With a matching donation from the bank, they were able to assemble 10 Christmas Food Baskets consisting of two boxes full of food, including a large ham.  The Jaycees work with the New Ulm Food shelf and families may sign up if they would like a Christmas Food Basket. The Lafayette staff distributed the baskets and enjoyed seeing the faces of grateful recipients, both young and old.

We were happy to help these families who would have had an otherwise difficult time purchasing the needed items themselves. It was also a great way to remember what the Holidays are truly all about!

Citizens Relay for Life Team raises $20,699.50

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Citizens Bank Minnesota’s Relay for Life Team was hard at work throughout the past year raising money for the fight against cancer right here in Brown County. Through a variety of fundraisers, including potlucks, a 5K walk/run, a crafters’ retreat, an employee Silent Auction and donations from friends and family, the Citizens team continues to contribute sizable donations to the American Cancer Society every year. This year we raised $20,699.50, putting us in first place in the county. Citizens has been part of Relay for 21 years, with total contributions at $219,546.22.
The money raised through Relay events helps with education, prevention, treatment, and support for all cancer survivors and patients. A large portion of the money raised in Brown County stays in Brown County, helping our neighbors and friends when they need it most. At our local Relay event, we celebrate all cancer survivors, remember loved ones lost and learn how each of us can do more to fight back against this dreaded disease.
If cancer could be cured by energy, commitment and determination, we’d be done with it and no one would ever have to fear this disease again!

By: Barb Marti, Receptionist/Administrative Assistant

Citizens Employees do 37 Random Acts of Kindness at Bavarian Blast

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Some Citizens employees had a ‘blast’ at Bavarian Blast in New Ulm on Thursday, July 14, 2016! They attended the “Fabulous Armadillos” concert at the festival and surprised quite a few concert attendees by doing 37 Random Acts of Kindness!

Acts included buying beverages, corn dogs and bags of kettle corn! Our employees had some great experiences – when a few people in line at the kettle corn booth heard what one employee was doing, they chipped in a few of their food tokens too, and the business owner donated a bag also! One younger teen hugged his bag of kettle corn after receiving it and his mom said that we had just made his night.

Random Acts of Kindness can be done by anyone, anytime and anywhere. You never know the impact you’ll make on someone, so take the time to do one today! The simplest gesture can mean the most!

2016 Citizens Race 2 Raise 5K

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Citizens Bank Minnesota’s Relay for Life team held their 2nd Annual Race 2 Raise 5K fundraiser on Saturday, June 11, 2016.  127 participants came to run and walk the 5K route, which started at Citizens, continued south on Minnesota Street to 16th South, then back along the bike trail, ending at German Park.  The 5K was professionally chip-timed and there were medals awarded to the top 3 males and top 3 females in seven different age brackets.

The 2016 Race 2 Raise 5K raised $3,061.99 for Relay for Life! Citizens looks forward to even more participants in the event in 2017.

Citizens Bank Minnesota Awards Scholarships

Molly Hennig, a graduate of Luther Preparatory High School, and Grant Halvorson, a graduate of Lakeville South High School, were recently presented with the Citizens Bank Minnesota’s sixteenth annual scholarship awards.  These scholarships are part of the Community Bankers Scholarship Program TM.  Both of these students received a $1,000.00 scholarship that is renewable for a potential value of $4,000.00 over four years of post-secondary education.

Lexi Grathwohl, a graduate of Cathedral High School, and Maria Shea, a graduate of Lakeville North High School, were the recipients of a $500.00 Citizens Bank Minnesota scholarship.  This is something that is offered as a random drawing to all high school seniors from the New Ulm and Lakeville area that completed the Citizens Real Life Skillz online classes.

Each year, Citizens awards two or more high school seniors with scholarships.  The scholarship program was developed to express our belief in the youth and their potential to make a difference in our community. Citizens is proud to invest in their future by promoting education and excellence.

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Molly, daughter of Brian and Grace Hennig, will be attending Martin Luther College this coming fall, pursuing a degree in music and voice.

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Grant, son of Chuck Halvorson and Maureen Thielen, will be attending the University of Minnesota – Twin Cities this coming fall, pursuing a degree in environmental engineering.

Lexi Grathwohl

Lexi, daughter of Norman and Lisa Grathwohl, will be attending Southwest Minnesota State University this coming fall, pursuing a degree in exercise science.

Maria Shea

Maria, daughter of Julie and Bill Shea, will be attending Minnesota State University, Mankato this coming fall, pursuing a degree in elementary education.

For more information about the Citizens Bank Minnesota Scholarships Click Here

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