First Business Bank is pleased to announce the winning nonprofits and golfers who played for them in the 2021 First Business Bank Charity Golf Invitational – Madison on Wednesday, September 15. The event has raised more than $597,000 for nonprofits in Madison and Milwaukee over the past 10 years.
Local business leaders compete in two-person teams in the First Business Bank Charity Golf Invitational on behalf of a local charity of their choice. First Business Bank covers 100 percent of the event costs. Winning golfers and charities at the event hosted at Nakoma Golf Club include:
- First Place – $20,000 won on behalf of Middleton Outreach Ministry (MOM) by Jacob Klein and Aaron Kostichka
- Second Place – $10,000 won on behalf of Boys & Girls Clubs of Dane County by Sean LaBorde and Mike Victorson
- Third-Place Tie – $5,500 won on behalf of McFarland Food Pantry by Scott Bellefeuille and Derek Westrum
- Third-Place Tie – $5,500 won on behalf of Garding Against Cancer by Tim Cleary and Jeff Beckmann
- Third-Place Tie – $5,500 won on behalf of Diocese of Madison Foundation by Matt Limoges and Mark Meloy
The competition was strong to the finish with a chip-off held to determine first place. Mike Victorson’s shot landed 3 feet and 5 inches from the hole while champion Jacob Klein brought home the $20,000 prize for MOM with a 1-foot, 9-inch shot.
“For our 10th anniversary of the First Business Bank Charity Golf Invitational, the weather was perfect and the golfing was impressive,” said Jim Hartlieb, President – First Business Bank. “This event is very important to us and to me, personally, because it’s such a celebration of the importance of community organizations and emphasizes the generosity of our local businesses and their leaders. We’re humbled by their impact over the years through this event – giving more than half a million dollars to nonprofit organizations is astounding.”
Jacob Klein, President of JT Klein Company, Inc., selected MOM as his team’s winning nonprofit because his business, which develops low-income housing, works with MOM through its housing developments and sees all the ways the organization provides help in the community. “They were with us on a lot of our developments providing support both from the food pantry and tenant assistance for the residents,” Klein said.
MOM’s Executive Director Ellen Carlson said the $20,000 first-place prize will help the organization respond to the housing stability needs in our community. “MOM’s mission is to create food security and housing stability, so we couldn’t be more excited that Jacob and Aaron chose MOM as their charitable partner for the event,” Carlson said. “To have them win — that made that partnership extra amazing.
“We recently launched a new Connections Housing program, designed to help individuals and families who are in doubled-up housing situations, providing increased Case Management and financial assistance to help them overcome barriers towards stable housing,” she said. “This is one of only a few programs like this in Dane County and we are so grateful to have the continued support of the community to make this work possible! My gratitude for Jacob and Aaron, and to everyone at First Business Bank, for their vision for this event and all of their hard work to make our community a better place for all.”