Final tallies put the 2015 “10 Days of Giving” at 231,233 pounds of food, the third highest total in the food drive’s 27-year history.
The total breaks down to $99,208 in cash and 32,817 pounds of food. For the purposes of the total, two pounds of food are counted for each dollar. The 27-year total for pounds of food collected now stands at 2,839,415. The most food collected was in 2013, with just over 280,000 pounds.
“I believe through the work of everyone in the community we have gone a long way toward our goal of making sure no one in Winona County goes hungry this winter,” said Jennifer Welch, who is co-chair of the food drive. “So many of our employees worked to support and facilitate the drive. I know they are pleased with the outcome.”
More than 30 area schools and child-care centers and more than 120 businesses participated in this year’s drive. You can find a listing of this year’s participating schools and businesses here.
Red Wing area students will have a chance during the 2015-2016 high school basketball season to earn prizes with Merchants Bank’s Money Ball.
Money Ball will be offered at two boy’s games: December 11 vs. Mankato West and February 6 vs. Austin. Money Ball will also be offered at two girl’s games: January 22 vs. Rochester Century and January 29 vs Albert Lea.
At each game, one student will be chosen at the 1st-5th grade level, and one student will be chosen at the 6th-12th grade level. Students will sign up before each game and be chosen before halftime.
For the 1st-5th graders, the chosen student will have one minute to try as many times as needed to make a lay-up and a free throw. The student must make the lay-up before attempting the free throw. If the student makes both the lay-up and free throw in the time allotted, the student will have one attempt at a three-point shot. The student wins $5 for a lay-up, $10 for a free throw and $25 for a three-pointer. If a three-pointer is not made, the money will roll over to the next game.
For the 6th-12th graders, the chosen student will have one minute to try as many times as needed to make a free throw and a three-point shot. The student must make the free throw before attempting the three-point shot. If the student makes both the free throw and three-point shot in the time allotted, the student will have one attempt at a half-court shot. The student wins $10 for the free throw, $25 for the three-point shot and $100 for the half-court shot. If a half-court shot is not made, the money rolls over to the next game.
Merchants Bank will match the money won by the students with a donation to the Red Wing Booster Club.
No purchase or customer relationship necessary to enter or win. One entry per person per game. Drawing will be held and participants will be announced at halftime of this game. Employees of Merchants are not eligible to win.
Thank you to the following businesses and schools for participating in the 2015 10 Days of Giving food drive. 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.
Bluffview Montessori School
Central Lutheran Church Child Care
Community Kids Preschool
Cotter High School
Cotter Junior High School
Goodview Elementary School
Hope Lutheran School
Jefferson Elementary School
Lewiston-Altura Elementary School
Lewiston-Altura High School
Lewiston-Altura Intermediate School
Living Light Children’s Ministry
Madison Elementary School
Redeemer Lutheran Preschool
Ridgeway Community School
Riverway Learning Community
Rollingstone Community School
St. Charles Elementary School
St. Martin’s Lutheran School
St. Mary’s Primary School
St. Matthew’s Lutheran School
St. Stanislaus Elementary School
Washington-Kosciusko Elementary School
Winona Area Learning Center
Winona Middle School
Winona Senior High School
Adventure Cycle and Ski
Affordable Septic Service
Altra Federal CU
American Legion Post 9
Autowerks Tire & Tune
Bay State Milling
Benchmark Electronics Inc
Beno’s Cheese & Deli
Best Toy Shop
Bluff Country Co-op
Boardwalk Tanning and Fitness
Bub’s Brewing Co.
City of Goodview
City of Winona – City Hall
Clean Sweep Chimney Service
Coca-Cola Bottling Company
Coldwell Banker Skeels/Moore & Associates
Companion Animal Care Center
CPI Binani, Inc.
Cross Fit Warrior Risen
Culligan Water Conditioning
Dahl Automotive Winona Inc
Dahl Buick Pontiac GMC
Diocese of Winona
Engrav’s Decorating Center
Equality Die Casting
Express Employment Professionals
Fawcett-Junker Funeral Homes
Flowers On Broadway
Goodson Manufacturing Inc.
Goodview Activity Group
Green Mill Restaurant & Bar
Ground Round Restaurant
Gunderson Lutheran Eye Clinic
Hal Leonard Publishing
Harley Davidson Shop of Winona
Hiawatha Broadband Communications
Holiday Inn Express & Suites
Jefferson’s Pub & Grill
Key Real Estate
Kwik Trip Stores
La Crosse Mail and Print Solutions
McDonald’s “Amberwin LLC”
Midwest Metal Products
Minnesota State Southeast Technical College
Mississippi Welders Modern Ready Mix
Perfect Fit Plus Size Consignment LLC
Pet Medical Center
Pieces of the Past
Plumbers Mechanical Group LLC
Quality Vac & Sew
River Hills Dental
Riverport Inn & Suites
Saint Mary’s Press
Senior Friendship Center
St. Mary’s University
Sugar Loaf Ford
Sugar Loaf Senior Living
Ward’s Riverside Cabins
Water Systems Company
Waterfront Family Dentistry
Wellingtons Pub & Grill
Willet Hauser Architectural Glass
Winona Daily News
Winona Elks Lodge
Winona Family Dental Care
Winona Family YMCA
Winona Homes/Premier Homes
Winona Public Library
Winona Sandwich Co
Winona State University
Please join us for these Community Appreciation Picnics in June, July and August!
Food starts at 6:00 p.m., Music starts at 6:30 p.m.
At Spring Grove Fest Building • 110 North Division Avenue
Kick off Music in the park with Merchants Bank’s Community Appreciation Picnic.
5:30 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.
At St. Charles City Park Merchants Bank staff will be serving brats with all the fixings, catered by Porkmaster Chefs. Also, the Winona County Dairy Princesses will be serving ice cream treats from the Little Red Barn.
11:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.
At Merchants Bank in Hampton Merchants Bank staff will be serving grilled hot dogs served with all the fixings!
11:30 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.
At Merchants Bank in Rosemount As a part of Rosemount’s Leprechaun Days celebration, the Merchants Bank staff will be grilling hot dogs and serving refreshments in the Bank parking lot.
11:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.
At Merchants Bank in Cottage Grove Merchants Bank staff will be grilling hot dogs, and serving pulled turkey sandwiches, ice cream treats and refreshments in the Bank parking lot.
||Winona Downtown Drive-Up
11:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.
At Merchants Bank Downtown Winona Drive-Up Facility Merchants Bank staff will be serving free grilled brats and refreshments.
||Rushford and Lanesboro
5:00 – 7:00 p.m.
Creekside Park in Rushford
Merchants Bank staff will be serving Fillmore County Cattleman hamburgers and refreshments.
Save the date! More details to come.
Teresa Fegyak, Customer Service Representative at Merchants Bank in Spring Grove
The Boy Scouts of America Troop 55 was the top vote getter in voting to determine which Spring Grove area nonprofit organizations will be featured each month in Merchants Bank in Spring Grove.
The Boy Scouts received 281 votes and will be the featured organization during May at Merchants Bank in Spring Grove. Merchants Bank will match up to $200 in donations made to the Boy Scouts at the Bank.
“We believe giving back to the nonprofit organizations that make our community such a unique place to live is the most fitting way to celebrate our fifth anniversary in Spring Grove,” said Teresa Fegyak, who is coordinating the event for Merchants Bank.
During April, area residents were able to place votes for their favorite nonprofit organization at the Bank and on Merchants Bank’s Facebook page. The top five organizations will be featured by the Bank each month, May through September, and will each be eligible to receive up to $200 in matching funds. The other organizations to be featured will be:
June: Bluff Country Gathering, 229 votes
July: Gundersen Tweeten Care Center, 237 votes
August: Houston County 4-H, 115 votes
September: Spring Grove Volunteer Fire Department, 114 votes
Merchants will also sponsor a celebratory event for all area nonprofit organizations in the Spring Grove lobby at 4:15 p.m. on October 5.
Our staff invites you to join them at these great events throughout March. Be sure to follow us on our Facebook page for information on these events or pictures from other events you may have missed.
||Eau Claire Home Buyer’s Seminar: 10:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.
At Legends Title Services in Eau Claire, WI
Learn about the keys to successfully buy a home of your own:
- What’s Title Insurance?
- Home Inspection-Why?
- Mortgage Process
- Choosing a Realtor
RSVP by March 4 to Rick at (715) 855-0816.
||Winona Area Home Expo: 10:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
At Riverport Inn & Suites
Buying, selling or renovating? You won’t want to miss Winona’s most extensive home event! Stop by and see us at the Merchants Bank booth. Admission is $5.00 for adults and free for children. Food and exhibitor giveaways available.
||Lakeville Landscape, Home Expo and Consumer Show: 9:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.
At Lakeville North High School
Stop by and see us at the Merchants Bank booth.
|3/16 and 3/31
||“Time to Switch” Evening Hours: 5:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m.
At Merchants Bank Winona-Downtown
We make it easy to switch your checking account to Merchants. Stop in – and bring a friend – to enjoy a bowl of chili and open your account.
||Winona Better Living Show
At Winona Senior High School
Stop by and enjoy a cookie on us at the Merchants Bank booth. Enter for a chance to win an outdoor fire column patio warmer.*
Saturday, March 21: 10:00 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.
Sunday, March 22: 11:00 a.m. – 3:30 p.m
*No purchase or customer relationship necessary to enter to win. On person per entry. Drawings will be held the first business day after each Home Show. Winner will be notified by telephone. Employees or Merchants are not eligible to win.
In 2015, we honor our commitment to the communities we serve with the 140 for 140 campaign, which highlights a minimum of 140 contributions we make to those communities in the form of volunteer time, education programs, event sponsorships and more.
Merchants Bank was founded July 17, 1875. Since our beginning, we have grown to 21 locations serving 18 communities in Minnesota and Wisconsin. A number of our locations will also be celebrating significant anniversaries with the Merchants Bank organization in 2015: St. Charles (25 years), Apple Valley, Hastings, Hampton and Cottage Grove (15 years), Lakeville (10 years), and Spring Grove (5 years).
Since our first day, our employees have been dedicated to improving the communities they serve. We are proud to celebrate those contributions this year.