“10 Days of Giving” is at 114,792 Pounds of Food

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Through the middle of the day on Tuesday, Merchants Bank had collected 114,792 pounds of food for the “10 Days of Giving.”

The totals include $52,773 in cash and 9,246 pounds of food. The total to date is behind last year’s record pace of 160,300 pounds of food, which was fueled by several significant anonymous monetary gifts. The number is ahead of the pace of two years ago of 98,106 pounds of food. For purposes of the calculation, each dollar counts for two pounds of food.

“Time and time again, I continue to be overwhelmed by the generosity of the people in the Winona area. It’s unmatched,” said Jen Welch, who is co-chair of this year’s food drive. “We are especially gratified by the people who are first-time contributors. It is good to see how many people believe this food drive is important to this area.”

Last year, more than 280,000 pounds of food was collected and 195,438 pounds of food was collected in 2012. The 25-year total is 2,377,027 pounds of food.

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 food and money collected from the Canadian Pacific Holiday Train stop Tuesday in Winona has not yet been included in the totals.

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.

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. View a listing of this year’s special events and participating businesses here.

“10 Days of Giving” Starts Strong: 60,220 Pounds of Food Collected

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Through Friday morning, Merchants Bank’s “10 Days of Giving” was at 60,220 pounds of food collected.

The number of pounds of food collected included $28,948 in cash and 3,324 pounds of food. Two pounds of food are counted for each dollar collected. Through the same time last year, 83,748 pounds of food had been collected. In 2012, a little more than 41,000 pounds of food had been collected through this point to benefit Winona Volunteer Services.

“Again, the response from the people in the Winona area has been generous,” said Mark Metzler of Merchants Bank, one of this year’s co-chairs. “We are gratified by the response.”

Last year, more than 280,000 pounds of food was collected, a record for the “10 Days of Giving.” The 25-year total is 2,377,027 pounds of food.

“We are looking forward to the response during the remainder of the event,” Metzler said. “We know that this is important to so many people.”

To contribute, 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.

Gifts of food may be dropped at any Merchants Bank location. 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. A listing of this year’s special events and participating businesses can be found on our blog.

Students Can Win With Merchants Bank Money Ball in Rushford

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Area students will have a chance to win some money with Money Ball from Merchants Bank. The first chance comes during halftime of the Rushford boy’s basketball game against Lanesboro, Friday, December 5.

Three participants, 5th grade and under, will be drawn randomly to participate at halftime. Participants will earn $5 if they make a lay-up.  Those making the lay-up qualify to take a free throw, earning $10 for a made shot. A made free throw qualifies the participant to take a 3-point shot and the chance to win another $25 with a made shot.

Another three student participants, 6th grade and over, will also be drawn randomly and have a chance to win at Money Ball. Participants will earn $10 for a made free throw and qualify for a chance to make a 3-pointer and earn another $25. If the participant makes the 3-pointer, then the participant will have the chance to make a half-court shot and earn $100.

At the end of the halftime festivities, Merchants will also donate an amount equal to the total student payout to the Rushford-Peterson Booster Club. If no shots are made during halftime, Merchants Bank will donate $100 to the Rushford-Peterson Booster Club.

“It’s great fun for the students and a great way to donate to the booster club,” said Kari Johnson of Merchants Bank.

Merchants Bank Money Ball will also be held at Rushford girl’s basketball games on December 18 and January 16, and at the boy’s basketball game on February 13. No customer relationship required to enter to win.

10 Days of Giving: Participating Businesses in the Winona Area

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To 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 Winona Merchants Bank location, or in the collection barrel at any Winona Area School or participating business. Monetary donations also encouraged.

2014 Participating Businesses:

A&W Restaurants
Ace Hardware
Acoustic Café
Acuity Brands
Adventure Cycle and Ski
Alliant Castings
Alterra Sterling House
American Legion Post 9
Baker Shoes
Behrens Inc
Benchmark Electronics Inc
Beno’s Cheese & Deli
Blooming Grounds
Bluff Country Co-op
Bub’s Brewing Co.
Cars-n-Credit
Celanese
Cha Chis Mexican Grill
City of Goodview
City of Winona – City Hall
City of Winona – Library/Friendship Center
Coldwell Banker Skeels/Moore & Associates
Construction Ventures Inc/Composite Products
Cross Fit Warrior Risen
Cytec Fiberite
Dahl Automotive Winona Inc
Dahl Buick Pontiac GMC
Dairy Queen
DCM Tech
Diocese of Winona
Edge Church
Edina Realty, Inc.
Edward Jones
Engrav’s Decorating Center
Ferrara Candy Company
Fastenal Company
Fawcett-Junker Funeral Homes
Goodson Manufacturing Inc.
Green Mill Restaurant & Bar
Gunderson Lutheran Eye Clinic
Hal Leonard Publishing
Harley Davidson Shop of Winona
Hiawatha Broadband Communications
Holtan’s
HyVee
Key Real Estate
Knitcraft Corporation
Anova
Ledebuhr Meats
Manpower
Merchants Bank – Winona Downtown
Merchants Bank – Goodview
Merchants Bank – Lakeside
Mc Donald’s “Amberwin, LLC”
Midtown Foods
Miller Ingenuity
Minnesota State Southeast Technical College
Mississippi Welders Supply Co.
Modern Ready Mix
Mugby Junction
Peerless Chain
Perfect Fit Plus Size Consignment LLC
Perkins Restaurant
Pet Medical Center
Pieces of the Past
Plaza Hotel
Plasticomp
Plumbers Mechanical Group, LLC
ProBuild
Quality Vac & Sew
River Hills Dental
Riverstar
Riverside Electronics
Rogan’s Shoes
RTP Company
Saint Mary’s Press
Sinclair’s
Snap Fitness
Sole Sport
Sprint
St. Mary’s University
Steak Shop Catering
Sugar Loaf Ford
Sugar Loaf Senior Living
Taco Johns
Technigraph Corporation
The Kensington
Thern, Inc
TRW
Watkins, Inc
Watkins, Inc-Distribution Center
Watlow Controls
We-no-nah Canoe
WinCraft Inc
Winona Agency
Winona County
Winona Daily News
Winona Elks Lodge
Winona Family YMCA
Winona Health
Winona Health-Senior Living at Watkins
Winona ORC
Winona Radio
Winona State University/Krysko Commons
Winona State University-Bookstore
Winona Workforce Center
Xcel Energy

You’re Invited: Attend Our Holiday Open Houses in December

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Please join us to celebrate the holidays at the following Holiday Open Houses and events. We hope to see you there!

12/4-12/5 Onalaska Holiday Open House
9 a.m.–5 p.m.
Appetizers and refreshments will be served in our bank lobby. Prize drawings will be held for the following items: 1-$200, 1-$100 and 1-$50 Visa Gift Card and a children’s gift basket.*
12/5 Caledonia Holiday Open House
10 a.m.–2 p.m.
Please join us for cookies and refreshments in our bank lobby.
12/5 Caledonia Winter Wonderland Parade
7 p.m.
Please join us on Main Street in Downtown Caledonia.
12/5 Eau Claire Holiday Open House
9 a.m.–5 p.m.
Please join us for homemade cookies and refreshments in our bank lobby.
12/5 Spring Grove Holiday Open House
9 a.m.–5 p.m.
Please join us for cookies and refreshments in our bank lobby. Pictures with Santa will be held from 2:00 – 5:00 p.m.
12/9 Hastings Holiday Open House
11 a.m.- 2p.m.
Please join us for a light lunch and refreshments in our bank lobby. Please bring a gift of non-perishable food or cash to support the “10 Days of Giving” food drive.
12/12 La Crescent Holiday Parade
7 p.m.
Please join us in Downtown La Crescent.
12/12 Rushford Holiday Open House
10 a.m.–3 p.m.
Please join us for cookies and refreshments in the bank lobby.
12/12 Lanesboro Holiday Open House
10 a.m.–3 p.m.
Please join us for cookies and refreshments in the bank lobby.
12/13 Rushford Holiday Parade of Lights
7 p.m.
Join us for the Parade of Lights in Downtown Rushford.
12/15 and 12/22 Red Wing Holiday Open House
8:30 a.m.–5 p.m.
Please join us for refreshments in our bank lobby.
December 15 at 4 p.m. – Red Wing High School Ovation Choir
December 22 – Live music throughout the day by Merchants employees John Anderson, Becky Clark and Shelly Schroeder.
12/15-12/19 Winona Holiday Open House
9 a.m.–4 p.m.
Please join us for cookies and refreshments in our bank lobby. Live music will be performed throughout the day by area schools.
12/15-12/19 Rosemount Holiday Open House
9 a.m.–11 a.m.
Please join us for cookies and refreshments in our bank lobby.
12/18-12/19 La Crescent Holiday Open House
8:30 a.m.–4 p.m.
Please join us for cookies, coffee and holiday spirit in our bank lobby.
12/19 Cannon Falls Holiday Open House
8:30 a.m.–6 p.m.
Please join us for cookies, refreshments and live music in our bank lobby.

There will be live music in the lobby throughout the day:
9:00 a.m. Cannon Falls High School 9th grade choir
10:00 a.m. Cannon Falls High School Concert and Jazz Choirs
11:00 a.m. St. Paul’s Lutheran School Choir
12:00 p.m. Randolph High School Chamber Choir
1:00 p.m. Cannon Falls High School Flute choir
3:00 p.m. Holiday music featuring Merchants employees John Anderson on guitar, Shelly Schroeder on flute, and Becky Clark on cello.

12/19 Hampton Holiday Open House
8 a.m.–6 p.m.
Please join us for cookies and refreshments in our bank lobby. Piano music will be performed 1:00-4:00 p.m. by Elizabeth Schriever.
12/19 St. Charles holiday Open House
10 a.m.–2:30 p.m.
Please join us for refreshments in our bank lobby.

*Drawing will be held on December 5, 2014. No purchase or customer relationship necessary to enter or win. One entry per person. Winner will be notified by telephone. Employees of Merchants Bank and their immediate family are not eligible for the drawing.

Free Seminar: Year-End Tax Update

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Learn how to prepare for your year-end taxes by joining us for this FREE business session featuring speakers from JRM and Associates. Session will be held on Thursday, December 4 from 7:30 -9:30 a.m. at Stoney Creek Inn (3060 S Kinney Coulee Rd, Onalaska, Wisconsin).

Topics Covered:

  • Tax Credits and Other Services from the Wisconsin Economic Development Corporation
  • New Tax Provisions related to the Affordable Care Act
  • Tax Law Changes and Updates
  • Tax Strategies to Implement Before Year-End

Session includes breakfast.

RSVPs are appreciated for planning purposes:
Becky Herrmann
blherrmann@merchantsbank.com or 608-779-8268

Tricia Barnes
tricia@jrmcpa.biz or 608-781-8712

Money Ball is Back

MoneyballAVApple Valley students will once again have the opportunity to earn money making lay-ups, free throws and half-court shots during Merchants Bank’s Money Ball halftime shootout at Apple Valley High School basketball games this season.

Last year students earned $1,680 and Merchants Bank matched the $1,680 with a donation to the Apple Valley Basketball Booster Club. Brian Wester, of Merchants Bank in Apple Valley, said the format will be the same as last year. The first Money Ball  game is November 25.

“It’s a great way to support the students and the booster club. Plus, it’s a lot of fun for the crowd,” Wester said.

Students sign up before each game and are chosen in a random drawing to be the Money Ball half-time shooters at select home games. The student receives a $10 gift card for a made lay-up, a $25 gift card for a made free throw, and $100 in cash for a made half-court Money Ball shot. Last year, three students made a half-court shot. If the half-court shot isn’t made, the jackpot continues to grow each game until the shot is made.