Commercial & Vendor
The Extraordinary Among
Partnership Bank Supports
Art Walk Brings Many to Watertown
Wendy Wright Named Millston
Citizen of the Year
Doherty on Hunting Land Loans
The criteria behind the Partnership Bank Ordinary People, Extraordinary Citizens program is simple: “When we see extraordinary, we’ll know it.”
This year six organizations/individuals were recognized for their extraordinary efforts to make a difference in the lives of one or many. Recipients are (back row from left): Todd Lemke, Corporate Counsel Lawyer and Craig Dousharm, Engineering Manager with the Mercury Marine Clean Up Project; Marc Mrugala and Jesse Daily for the Thiensville Village Market; Ann Denk, Mentor with the CHS Robotics - Team 3197 - Hexhounds; Lion Dennis Corrigan, for the Cedarburg Community Blood Drive and its 5000th blood donation; (front row from left): Cathy Brunquell, President, Rose Harms Post 355 American Legion Auxiliary in Grafton and Boy Scout Lukas Schmeling for the Pocket Flag Project; and Shirley and Bruce Krenzke for volunteering with many organizations in and around Cedarburg.
Among the stories told was one about the Cedarburg Lions Club’s very successful nine year and running Cedarburg Community Blood Drive and Craig Dousharm and Todd Lemke’s 20 year story behind the $50 million Mercury Marine Cedar Creek clean-up project. Long hours, donut bribes, and the joy that comes when a job is well done and others succeed is the common thread that hold these extraordinary stories and people together.
We all rise by lifting others. Truly the people honored as extraordinary citizens think of themselves as ordinary. But for a few hours, they were coaxed out from the shadows to be applauded at Partnership Bank’s annual event. To read all of the stories click here.
Much like Cedarburg Education Foundation supports Cedarburg School District students by awarding grants for innovative curriculum and technology, Partnership Bank helps make the dreams of families, neighbors, friends and businesses come true. Its commitment and deep sense of pride shines brightest when working with community leaders to bring about positive change. To demonstrate that commitment, Partnership Bank’s CFO Sue Loken and Vice President-Director of Retail & Client Experience Stacy Tolomeo hold leadership positions with CEF.
“Partnership Bank believes education is the foundation to a strong, thriving community and we are proud to support the CEF’s mission. We really like the fact that grants awarded impact every student in the Cedarburg School District.” said Tolomeo.
Year eight is a charm. No rain…no closed roads…and many more artists and visitors were welcomed downtown Watertown for the 8th Annual Art Walk. Over 30 businesses and organizations opened their doors to artists. New this year was the Chalk the Walk event which was free for all to participate. In addition, visitors could see artists in action at the first Watertown Paint Out! a plein air event that was open to artist of every age!
The evening wrapped up at Partnership Bank where students awards were handed out and raffle prizes drawn. Art Walk photos can be found at WatertownArt.
“I can’t believe this is our seventh year of hosting the Watertown School Piggy Bank Contest,” said Nate Salas, President-Partnership Bank. “Just think, we’ve had over 2,000 piggy banks coming through our doors since 2011…I don’t see this popular program stopping anytime soon,” he concluded.
Organized by Watertown High School Art Teachers Jana Strobel and Dave Pawl, the Piggy Bank Contest draws on the talents of young artists from Watertown’s public and private schools. This year, over 120 banks were entered – A taco, rabbit, Medusa, and a turtle were some of the imaginative creations on display.
Looking back, Salas realizes that some of the first winners have graduated from college and are in the workforce for a year or more. “What keeps going through my mind when I hand a certificate or award to a student? The sky’s the limit…I could be congratulating the next Picasso!”, Salas concludes.