Wisconsin de novo is community leader

Wisconsin de novo is community leader

Oak Bank, Fitchburg, Wis., has spent the three years since it was chartered gaining assets as well as the reputation of being a generous-and creative-community contributor.

Last October, the Oak Bank hosted the “Great Pumpkin Give-away.” One thousand pumpkins were delivered to the bank and given away to children. In return, the children were encouraged to bring a cash or office supply donation to the Rainbow Project-a prevention, early intervention, and treatment services program for families with young children affected by child abuse or family violence.

The event also featured a coloring contest, bobbing for apples, face painting and all-you-can-eat hot dogs. Children came from all over the area and the bank raised $2,000 in cash and supplies. Alumni of the Rainbow Project showed up to thank the bank for the effort.

Oak Bank, which plans to host the pumpkin give-away again this October, opened its doors in August of 2000 and has grown to become a $73 million institution.

Oak Bank has been involved in several other community projects. The bank contributed to the creation of “Kid’s Crossing,” a play area locally called the “Dream Playground.”

“We appreciate Oak Bank’s leadership in this community,” wrote Angela Kinderman, executive director of the Fitchburg Chamber of Commerce in a letter to the Independent Community Bankers of America. “I am certain they will continue to exceed our expectations of what it is to be a significant contributor to a vibrant community.”

Copyright NFR Communications Inc Jul 15-Jul 31, 2003

Provided by ProQuest Information and Learning Company. All rights Reserved