During the recent WBA Bank Executives Conference, WBA member banks and associate members together raised $8,536 for the Wisconsin Bankers Foundation by participating in a charity auction. These funds will directly support the Foundation’s efforts in financial education, consumer empowerment, and research.  

In fact, at the time of this writing, the Foundation is preparing to purchase 2,000 books as part of the Reading Raises Interest program, which facilitates banker presentations to elementary school students about saving and spending wisely. Other Foundation projects include distributing $8,000 in scholarships to high school seniors and bankers furthering their education and a new consumer research project with UW-Whitewater which will study Gen Z’s needs and opinions about banking and banking services. 

Thank you to all the generous donors who contributed auction items! 

Arch MI 
Bank of Sun Prairie 
Bank of Wisconsin Dells 
Bell Bank 
BOK Financial Institutional Advisors 
Bristol Morgan Bank 
BrownBoots Interactive, Inc. 
Capitol Bank, Madison 
Charter Bank, Eau Claire 
Citizens State Bank, Hudson 
Cleveland State Bank 
Denmark State Bank 
Edge One, Inc. 
Farmers & Merchants State Bank, Waterloo 
Farmers & Merchants Union Bank, Columbus 
Horicon Bank 
Independence State Bank 
Investors Community Bank, Manitowoc 
Ixonia Bank 
Joseph Fazio (Commerce State Bank, West Bend) 
Leap Strategic Marketing 
Michael Semmann (Wisconsin Bankers Association) 
MidWestOne Bank, Oseola 
Mound City Bank, Platteville 
National Exchange Bank & Trust 
Rose Oswald Poels (Wisconsin Bankers Association) 
State Bank of Cross Plains 
The Equitable Bank, Milwaukee 
The Stephenson National Bank and Trust, Marinette 
Tri City National Bank, Oak Creek 
Waldo State Bank 
Wintrust Financial Corporation/Town Bank 

Thank you to everyone who bid on auction items, and especially to the winning bidders for your donations! 

John Anderson 
Kelly Bauer 
Jan Britt 
Kelly Brown 
Denise Bunbury 
Ronald Feldman 
Mark Forsythe 
Rachael Gadbois 
Shauna Gnorski 
Sharon Gorrell 
John Guinn 
Kelly Hegney 
Brian Hink 
Shay Horton 
John Kaprelian 
Erik LeMay 
Debra Lins 
Tammy Maki 
Ricky Novotny 
Michael Olson 
Tracey Pierce 
Julie Redfern 
Laurie Richards 
Wayne Richmond 
Bruce Rokke 
Ronald Schaaf 
Charlie Schmalz 
Frederick C. Schwertfeger 
Frederick F. Schwertfeger 
Jeremy Tyler 
Daniel Westrope 
Mark Wierman 
Joe Witmer 

Visit www.wisbankfoundation.org for more information about the Foundation. Already know what item you want to donate for next year’s auction? Visit www.wisbank.com/Foundation-Auction to make your pledge!