Community support is a year-round endeavor for Heartland Bank and as we look forward to the start of a new year, we’d like to reflect on the events that we were blessed to be a part of in 2013.
Heartland Bank and 104.9 the River teamed up once again to present the 6th annual Money Matters Summit at the First Baptist Church of Grove City. 300 attendees registered for seminars with topics such as The Fundamentals of Investing, Saving for College yet?, and Budgeting and Living within your Means. “We were proud to offer this financial resource again this year to central Ohioans. In today’s economic environment, it’s important to have a trusted resource that can give you honest answers to your questions”, according to Scott McComb, Chairman, President and CEO.
Over 100 business professionals were in attendance at Heartland Bank’s 14th annual Economic Forum at Jefferson Country Club. Once again, the Forum featured the insights and retrospect of Dr. Edmond J. Seifried, a professor emeritus of Economics and Business at Lafayette College in Easton, Pennsylvania. As part of the Economic Forum tradition, Heartland Bank also partnered with one of our local community markets for a morning breakfast forum. Bel Lago provided a beautiful venue for the Westerville market and Heartland was proud to host a group of local business owners and government leaders including State Senator Kevin Bacon and Westerville mayor Kathy Cocuzzi.
Two financial professionals from Heartland Bank were invited to visit Mrs. Cartwright’s fourth grade Social Studies classes at Searfoss Elementary School in Johnstown to broaden their financial literacy and understanding of the banking industry. This was initiated in response to the school’s preparation for the curriculum alignment with the newly adopted State of Ohio Common Core Standards for Social Studies. Johnstown Branch Manager Randy Kelly and Assistant Branch Manager Tanya Bennett taught five sessions explaining basic financial vocabulary terms, how to distinguish a need from a want, and how to plan and implement a basic budget. They discussed currency and its production, as well as career opportunities within the banking environment.
What started out as a simple idea for a wellness opportunity for bank employees turned into a full-fledged Heartland initiative, complete with a team of riders, a multitude of fund-raisers and a committed focus on the annual Pelotonia ride for cancer research. The Pelotonia model remains simple: all operating expenses are covered by funding partners so that 100% of every dollar raised by Pelotonia riders, virtual riders, and volunteers goes directly to fund cancer research at The Ohio State University Comprehensive Cancer Center – Arthur G. James Cancer Hospital and Richard J. Solove Research Institute. This year’s Peloton included Heartland Chairman, President and CEO Scott McComb, employees Connor Bush, Arik Denning, Jeanette Maddron, Mark Posey, James Rann, Kelsey Steif and Stephanie Toalston. Other teammates included a member of our legal team John Ridge and two directors from the Heartland Bank Board, Jay Eggspuehler and Gary Paine.
The Heartland Bank Charity Golf Classic has supported various charitable organizations through America’s Promise Alliance, a national not-for-profit organization dedicated to improving the lives of our nation’s youth. From the first golf outing in 1996, when the Bank made a small donation to the Licking County 4H Horse Council, to 2013, when six local charities selected by the bank collected a total of $25,000, Heartland is proud to have contributed over $300,000.
The 24th annual Heartland Bank Holiday Party was held at Winding Hollow this year and ten area organizations benefited from the generosity of employees who bid on more than 200 items donated to this holiday celebration. Central Ohio’s Community Bank continues the tradition of giving back to the communities that we serve. Each Heartland Bank office selected a charitable organization in their market to receive a portion of the proceeds from the Silent Auction. Through the generosity and teamwork of clients, employees and area businesses, almost $6,000 was raised at this year’s event and over $60,000 since the fundraising component of the Holiday Party began in 1996.
Finally, Heartland proudly supported several community festivals and events in 2013 including the Johnstown Fireman’s Festival, Gahanna’s Creekside Blues & Jazz Festival, Westerville Music & Arts Festival, the Hartford Fair, the Reynoldsburg Tomato Festival, Grove City’s Arts in the Alley and the North Market’s Columbus Microbrew Festival. As we reflect on this past year and all of the local events sponsored by Heartland Bank, it reminds us that we’re thankful to have been part of your community for the last 102 years and we look forward to continuing to serve as Central Ohio’s Community Bank.