“10 Days of Giving” Raises Food and Money in St. Charles

10DaysLogoST. CHARLES, Minn. – The Southeast Minnesota Rural Education and Resource Center received 3,300 pounds of food and $500 from the “10 Days of Giving,” December 1-10, at Merchants Bank in St. Charles.

Area businesses and individuals added to the total by bring food and money to Merchants in St. Charles. Also included in the total was $250 that the Southeast Minnesota Rural Education and Resource Center received from “Swipe Out Hunger,” a Facebook giveaway that Merchants ran to coincide with “10 Days of Giving.” “Swipe Out Hunger” benefited food shelves throughout the region.

“We are thankful for the generosity of our neighbors, and we are grateful that we have the opportunity to help the good people at the Southeast Minnesota Rural Education and Resource Center,” said Sandra Pasche of Merchants Bank.

Merchants Bank has been holding the “10 Days of Giving” for the past 25 years. This is the second year for the Facebook giveaway.

Greg Evans Appointed Merchants Bank President/Chief Banking Officer

Greg Evans

Greg Evans

Greg Evans has been appointed Merchants Bank President/Chief Banking Officer, according to Rod Nelson, Merchants Bank President and Executive Vice President of Merchants Financial Group, Inc. (MFGI).

“Greg is a true community banker. He gets involved in the community and provides leadership for community efforts. We look forward to him sharing this leadership with all of our locations,” Nelson said. “He is passionate about providing the very best customer service, and his focus on building customer relationships will contribute to our organization being even more successful in the future.

Evans is a Winona native and spent the first 18 years of his banking career in Winona, ending as the Senior Vice President of Marketing before moving to Cannon Falls in 2007, where he currently serves as Merchants Bank’s northern regional president with oversight of the Cannon Falls, Red Wing and Hampton locations.

“I am grateful, humbled, and excited for the opportunity,” Evans said. “I’ve been fortunate over my time with Merchants to work closely with most of the employees throughout the organization. They are talented, energetic, and they care about our customers and the communities they serve.

Nelson will be succeeding Richard L. Mahoney as MFGI President & CEO as of January 1. A date has yet to be set for Evans to take over his new role, which will include a broader role in providing direction and oversight to all of Merchants Bank’s 20 locations. With the help of a national search firm, Merchants Bank conducted an intensive search for the position

“Perhaps most important to me is our corporate culture. That is the true defining aspect of what makes any business great, and that will stay in place,” Evans said.

Target Data Breach

Target is investigating a potential data breach that may have affected millions of debit and credit cards nationwide. Initial reports indicate the breach appears to have started around Black Friday, November 28, 2013, and may have extended through the middle of December.

If you used a debit card, credit card or gift card at a Target store between these dates, please be sure to monitor your account activity closely for fraudulent transactions and report any transactions that you did not initiate to the financial institution that issued your card.

We have not yet received notification that any Merchants Bank credit cards or debit cards were involved in the breach, and even though Merchants Bank has fraud monitoring security in place, we strongly encourage Merchants Bank customers to monitor their own Merchants Bank Credit Card and Debit Card activity. For our customers who would prefer the peace of mind of having their current card(s) closed and new ones reissued, please feel free to stop in your local Merchants Bank office.

To monitor Merchants Bank Credit Card activity, please go to www.merchantsbank.com and click on Credit Card Login.

To monitor Merchants Bank Debit Card activity, please go to www.merchantsbank.com and login to your Online Banking account.

To monitor Merchants Bank Visa Gift Card activity, please go to www.ppdmoney.com or call 1-866-208-3282.

If you notice any fraudulent activity on a Merchants Bank credit or debit card, please report it as soon as possible by calling your local Merchants Bank branch or calling toll-free, 1-800-944-6285. Please note, initial reports indicate that the data breach did not affect purchases made online at Target, just in the retail stores.

For tips on protecting your card information, identity, and more, please visit https://www.merchantsbank.com/files/IdentityTheft.pdf

“10 Days of Giving” Record-Breaking Year Ends by Topping 280,000 Pounds

10DaysLogoWINONA, Minn. – Final tallies put the 25th Anniversary of the “10 Days of Giving” at 280,082 pounds of food.

The total breaks down to $127,626 in cash and 24,830 pounds of food. The previous record was set in 2009 when just over 250,000 pounds of food was collected. For the purposes of the total, two pounds of food are counted for each dollar.

“This year’s drive was successful because we came together as a community to help people, to make sure that no one in Winona County goes hungry,” said Mark Metzler, who is co-chair of the food drive. “Most of all, we are moved by the generosity of our neighbors who have made the effort to make a difference for someone else.”

This is the 25th anniversary of the “10 Days of Giving” and the 40th anniversary of Winona Volunteer Services, which benefits from the Winona contributions. The 25-year total for pounds of food collected now stands at 2,393,767.

“At Merchants Bank, we are thankful that we have the ability and employee dedication to help facilitate this drive. It really is a privilege,” Metzler said.

More than 30 area schools and child-care centers and more than 150 businesses participated in this year’s drive. For a listing of this year’s participating businesses, click here.

Area Food Shelves Receive Money from “Swipe Out Hunger”

SwipeOutHungerAppBannerMerchants Bank’s “Swipe Out Hunger” Facebook giveaway has concluded with more than 1,700 votes cast to benefit area food shelves.

Merchants Bank donated 5 cents each time a Merchants Bank credit card or debit card was used between November 29 and December 15, for a total of $10,000 to be split among the food shelves. Votes were placed on Merchants Bank’s Facebook page.

Merchants Bank representatives will be presenting food shelf representatives with checks within the coming week.

The Food Shelves were nominated by bank locations (bank locations making the nomination are noted in parentheses). There were a number of locations that nominated the same organization. The “Swipe Out Hunger” awards break down as follows:

  • 360 Communities (Lakeville): $270
  • Cannon Falls Food Shelf (Cannon Falls): $540
  • Channel One Rochester (Rochester): $569
  • Eagan & Lakeville Resource Center (Apple Valley and Rosemount): $352
  • Friends in Need Food Shelf (Cottage Grove): $387
  • Hastings Family Services (Hastings): $751
  • La Crescent Food Share (La Crescent): $2,383
  • Randolph Food Shelf (Hampton): $264
  • Red Wing Area Food Shelf (Red Wing): $250
  • SEMCAC Houston County Food Shelf (Caledonia and Spring Grove): $387
  • SEMCAC in Preston (Lanesboro): $250
  • SEMCAC in Rushford (Rushford): $370
  • Southeastern Minnesota Education & Resource Center (St. Charles): $250
  • The Hunger Task Force (Onalaska): $2,066
  • Winona Volunteer Services (Winona, Lakeside, Goodview): $1,238
 A minimum of $250 was given to nominated food shelves. Total amount given away was $10,327.

“10 Days of Giving” Continues to be Ahead of Last Year’s Pace

10DaysLogoWINONA, Minn. – Through the end of business Monday, Merchants Bank’s “10 Days of Giving” remained ahead of last year’s pace with 160,300 pounds of food collected.

The totals include $77,774 in cash and 4,752 pounds of food. Included in the updated totals is a $20,000 anonymous gift. Last year at this time, 98,106 pounds of food had been collected, including $46,230 in cash and 5,646 pounds of food. For purposes of the calculation, each dollar counts for two pounds of food.

“We’re moved again this year by the kindness of the people in our community,” said Terry Hawkings, who is co-chair of this year’s food drive. “The next few days are critical to the drive’s success, and we know that everyone will do what they can to make sure no one in Winona County goes hungry this year.”

Last year, 195,438 pounds of food was collected, the fourth highest total ever. The 24-year total is 2,113,685 pounds of food. The record collection was more than 250,000 pounds in 2009.

There is still time to give. Merchants Bank employees and other volunteers will collect food barrels and cash cans at area schools, day-cares and businesses Thursday and Friday. The Canadian Pacific Holiday Train will be at the Amtrak depot in Winona on Wednesday, December 11, at 5:15 p.m.

This is the 25th anniversary of the “10 Days of Giving” and the 40th anniversary of Winona Volunteer Services, which benefits from the Winona contributions.

Checks may be made payable to “10 Days of Giving.” Checks not deposited at a Merchants Bank office may be mailed to Merchants Bank, P.O. Box 248, Winona MN 55987; or Winona Volunteer Services, 402 East Second Street in Winona. Merchants Bank is a member FDIC.

Gifts of food may be dropped at any Merchants Bank location in Winona, Goodview or St. Charles. In addition to more than 30 area schools and child-care centers participating in this year’s Drive, there are more than 150 business collection sites throughout Winona County. For a listing of this year’s special events and participating businesses, go to the Merchants Bank blog at http://blog.merchantsbank.com/. You may also access the blog at merchantsbank.com.

The Southeastern Minnesota Rural Education and Resource Center in St. Charles benefits from food and money collected in St. Charles.

“10 Days of Giving” Significantly Ahead of Last Year’s Pace

Through the end of business Thursday, Merchants Bank’s “10 Days of Giving” was at 83,748 pounds of food collected.

The number of pounds of food collected included $40,208 in cash and 3,332 pounds of food. Two pounds of food are counted for each dollar collected. Through the same time last year, 41,642 pounds of food had been collected.

“It is a tremendous start and a wonderful total to build upon,” said Mark Metzler of Merchants Bank, one of this year’s co-chairs. “The generosity of people in our community is truly amazing. It is gratifying to see that people are giving money because it allows the food shelf to do so much.”

This is the 25th anniversary of the “10 Days of Giving” and the 40th anniversary of Winona Volunteer Services, which benefits from the Winona contributions.

Last year, 195,438 pounds of food was collected, the fourth highest total ever. The 24-year total is 2,113,685 pounds of food. The record collection was more than 250,000 pounds in 2009.

“As a community working together, we have the opportunity to do something special this year,” Metzler said. “What greater present could we give to those who need our help and to each other?”

Checks may be made payable to “10 Days of Giving.” Checks not deposited at a Merchants Bank office may be mailed to Merchants Bank, P.O. Box 248, Winona MN 55987; or Winona Volunteer Services, 402 East Second Street in Winona.

More Area Businesses and Organizations to Help with “10 Days of Giving” Fundraising Efforts

WINONA, Minn. – More area businesses and organizations are stepping up to help with “10 Days of Giving” fundraising efforts. We encourage you to take part in these opportunities and support the 25th anniversary of this wonderful food drive:

  • On Friday, from 4:30-7 p.m., the Eagles Club of Winona, 210 E. 4th Street, will host a fish fry with the help of Merchants Bank volunteers. Cost of the dinner is $8 and includes batter fried or broiled cod, baked potato or fries, coleslaw, roll and coffee. Desserts will be available. Proceeds will benefit the “10 Days of Giving.” Non-perishable food items will also be accepted.
  • From 1-5 p.m. Saturday, Westgate Bowl of Winona will donate 10 percent of its bowling sales to the “10 Days of Giving.” During the same 1-5 p.m. time frame, 10 percent of food sales to Merchants Bank employees will also be donated to the food drive.
  • On Saturday, CrossFit Warrior Risen, located in the Winona Mall, will donate the donations it receives from three classes during the day to the “10 Days of Giving.” The classes will be at 9:00 a.m., 9:45 a.m. and 10:30 a.m., Attendees are asked for a $5 donation to take part. Classes are geared for beginners, but are open to all levels of fitness. Attendees will spend 10-15 minutes stretching and warming up, 10-15 minutes learning the movements, and 10-12 minutes working out. Each class is limited to 20 people. For more information or to enroll, e-mail smsavat@merchantsbank.com.

Merchants Bank also will be donating 5 cents each time a Merchants Bank credit card or debit card is used between November 29 and December 15, up to a total of $10,000, for area food shelves during “Swipe Out Hunger,” the Bank’s second annual Facebook Giveaway. For more information go to merchantsbank.com.

Gateway Area Council of the Boy Scouts of America Receives $1,039.11 in 10 for 10 from Merchants Bank

ONALASKA, WIS. – The Gateway Area Council of the Boy Scouts of America was the October recipient of Merchants Bank in Onalaska’s 10 for 10 program, receiving $1,039.11 for contributions made in October.

Contributing to the area Boy Scouts was a great way to end our 10 for 10 program. It was 10 great months of celebrating the accomplishments of area nonprofits,” said Steve Christiansen, President of Merchants Bank in Onalaska.

The 10 for 10 celebration featured a different area nonprofit each month. Merchants granted the nonprofit $10 a day for each day of the month and matched up to another $10 a day that the nonprofit received in donations over the month. Merchants granted $300 for September and matched $300 of the $439.11 that the Boy Scouts received at Merchants Bank.

Merchants Bank celebrated all the nonprofits in an event in early October. Nonprofits who benefitted from 10 for 10 this year were: the Gateway Area Council of the Boy Scouts of America, the Great Rivers United Way, the Boys and Girls Club of Greater La Crosse, Ronald McDonald House Charities of Western Wisconsin and Southeastern Minnesota, “Walk a Mile in Her Shoes,” a collaborative effort of the YWCA of the Coulee Region and the Carilee Fund at Gundersen Medical Foundation, the Hunger Task Force, Family & Children’s Center, Freedom Honor Flight, Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals, and the La Crosse Area Family YMCA.

pictured are Steve Christiansen (l) of Merchants Bank and Sean Hennemann of the Gateway Area Council

pictured are Steve Christiansen (l) of Merchants Bank and Sean Hennemann of the Gateway Area Council

10 Days of Giving Participating Businesses

10DaysLogoTo donate to this year’s 10 Days of Giving, place the non-perishable food items in a bag under the lobby Christmas tree at any Merchants Bank location, or in the collection barrel at any Winona Area School or participating business. Monetary donations also encouraged.

2013 Participating Businesses:

  • A&W Restaurants
  • Ace Hardware
  • Acoustic Cafe
  • Adventure Cycle and Ski
  • Alliant Castings
  • Alterra Sterling House
  • American Legion Post 9
  • American Red Cross
  • Baker Shoes
  • Behrens Inc
  • Benchmark Electronics Inc
  • Beno’s Cheese & Deli
  • Blooming Grounds
  • Bluff Country Co-op
  • Boardwalk Tanning and Fitness
  • Bodywork Health Spa & Salon LLC
  • Bub’s Brewing Co.
  • Cars-n-Credit
  • Cha Chis Mexican Grill
  • City of Goodview
  • City of Winona – City Hall
  • City of Winona – Library
  • Coca-Cola Bottling Company
  • Coldwell Banker Skeels/Moore & Associates
  • CPI Binani, Inc.
  • Cross Fit Warrior Risen
  • Crown Auto
  • Culligan Water Conditioning
  • Culver’s
  • Cytec Fiberite
  • D J Campus Floral
  • Dahl Automotive Winona Inc
  • Dahl Buick Pontiac GMC
  • Dairy Queen
  • DCM Tech
  • Diocese of Winona
  • Eastwood Bank
  • Edge Church
  • Edina Realty, Inc.
  • Edward Jones
  • Engrav’s Decorating Center
  • Express Suites Riverport Inn
  • Ferrara Candy Company
  • Fastenal Company
  • First Baptist Church
  • Fleet Farm
  • Flowers On Broadway
  • Glass Replacement Company
  • Goltz Pharmacy
  • Goodson Manufacturing Inc.
  • Goodview Activity Group
  • Great River Chiropractic
  • Green Mill Restaurant & Bar
  • Ground Round Restaurant
  • Gunderson Lutheran Eye Clinic
  • Hal Leonard Publishing
  • Harley Davidson Shop of Winona
  • Hawkins Ash CPAs
  • Hiawatha Broadband Communications
  • Holiday Inn Express & Suites
  • HyVee
  • Intech Integrated Marketing Services
  • Kendell Lumber
  • Key Real Estate
  • K-Mart
  • Knitcraft Corporation
  • Kwik Trip Stores
  • La Boutique
  • Anova
  • Ledebuhr Meats
  • Lets Go Fishing Of MN
  • Little Ceasars Pizza
  • Manpower
  • McDonald’s
  • Mediascope
  • Merchants Bank – Downtown
  • Merchants Bank – Goodview
  • Merchants Bank – Lakeside
  • Midtown Foods
  • Miller Ingenuity
  • Minnesota State Southeast Technical College
  • Minnesota State Southeast Technical College-Tandeski Center
  • Mississippi Welders Supply Co.
  • Modern Ready Mix
  • Mugby Junction
  • Mulligan’s Pub
  • Peerless Chain
  • Perfect Fit Plus Size Consignment LLC
  • Perkins Restaurant/Wry Foods of Winona
  • Pet Medical Center
  • Pieces of the Past
  • Poots Tavern
  • Plaza Hotel
  • ProBuild
  • Quality Vac & Sew
  • River Hills Dental
  • Riverstar
  • Rocco’s Pizza
  • Rogan’s Shoes
  • RTP Company
  • Russell & Associates, LLC
  • Saint Mary’s Press
  • Sammy’s Pizza & Restaurant
  • Shopko
  • Sinclair’s
  • Snap Fitness
  • Sole Sport
  • Sprint
  • St. Mary’s University
  • Steak Shop Catering
  • Sugar Loaf Ford
  • Sugar Loaf Senior Living
  • Sullivan’s Supper Club
  • Taco Johns
  • Target Corp
  • Technigraph Corporation
  • The Kensington
  • Thern, Inc
  • Third Street Liquor
  • TRW
  • Volkmann Appliance Inc.
  • Walgreen’s
  • Walmart
  • Watkins, Inc
  • Watkins, Inc-Distribution Center
  • Watlow Controls
  • We-no-nah Canoe
  • WinCraft Inc
  • Winona Agency
  • Winona Community Foundation
  • Winona County
  • Winona Daily News
  • Winona Elks Lodge
  • Winona Family Dental Care
  • Winona Family YMCA
  • Winona Farmers Market
  • Winona Health – Clinic
  • Winona Health-Hospital
  • Winona Health-Lake Winona Manor
  • Winona Health-Urgent Care (Sarnia Location)
  • Winona Health-Watkins Home
  • Winona Heating and Ventilating Co
  • Winona Lighting
  • Winona National Bank
  • Winona ORC
  • Winona Rental
  • Winona Senior Friendship Center
  • Winona State – Chartwells
  • Winona State University-Bookstore
  • Winona Workforce Center
  • Wm. Miller Scrap Iron and Metal Co.
  • Xcel Energy
  • Yarnology
  • Ziebell’s Hiawatha Foods, Inc.