Friday, July 27, 2012

Bremer Bank’s Hunger Campaign Donations Hit Record Level

During the seventh annual “Taking Action to End Hunger” campaign, Bremer Bank’s $50,000 matching gift was met and exceeded when donations increased nearly 32 percent over 2011. Donations were made during the month of June through a combination of online giving, as well as employee and client events. This year’s campaign raised $111,174 – up from last year’s record donation total of $84,614. In seven years, the Bremer campaign has raised $958,608 for Second Harvest Heartland and local Feeding America food banks.

“On behalf of Second Harvest Heartland and those we serve, I’d like to extend a sincere and humble thanks to Bremer Bank for yet another incredibly successful Taking Action to End Hunger campaign,” said Rob Zeaske, CEO of Second Harvest Heartland. “Each year, the entire Bremer organization—from the branch employee to the executive team—demonstrates an incredible amount of energy, enthusiasm and support of hunger relief efforts in their communities. We are proud and thankful to call Bremer Bank a partner.”

This year, the campaign kicked-off with a special music video created in partnership with a Minneapolis-based performance group called Rhythmic Circus. Bremer pledged to donate $1 for every view of the video, up to 15,000 views. In the end, the video garnered more than 8,500 views, adding to Bremer’s total donation to the campaign. In addition to monetary donations, Bremer employees also donated their time and energy in the form of volunteerism by stocking local food shelves and preparing food packages in various communities.

“It’s always amazing to watch our employees rally around our hunger campaign,” said Pat Donovan, president and chief executive officer of Bremer Financial Corporation. “The issue is clearly important to employees and that is made very clear with the significant amount of volunteer hours, donations and other activities that take place to raise funds for area food shelves. I’m so proud of our team and their commitment to this important issue!”

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