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Santa Visit a Success

December 2010

On December 19, children at our Oak Brook location enjoyed a visit from Santa and Mrs. Claus. As Santa passed out gifts, other items were collected for those in need. Employees and customers donated over 100 wish list items for the Ronald McDonald House® Charities of Chicagoland and Northwest Indiana. Evergreen Bank Group staff members hand delivered the items to the Loyola Campus House to help provide a 'home away from home' for families with hospitalized children at little or no cost. For all those involved, we appreciate your support and generosity.

'Tis the Season to be Giving

December 2010

Naughty or Nice? There's only one way to find out which list your name is on this year. Evergreen Bank Group is proud to announce that Santa Claus is making a special stop at our Oak Brook location on Saturday, December 18 from 10:00am to 12:00pm. Bring your camera to capture the moment and your wish list to share with Santa. Remember, be good so you can be on the nice list!

Evergreen Bank Group is proud to support the Ronald McDonald House Charities® of Chicagoland & NW Indiana. The four Ronald McDonald houses provide a "home away from home" for families with hospitalized children. The homes allow families to eat, sleep and find the emotional support they need just blocks away from where their child is being treated. As "'Tis the Season to be Giving", we encourage those attending the event to bring one of the following items to help families find the comfort and care they need all year round:


  • Individual Sized Cereal Boxes
  • Instant Oatmeal
  • Coffee
  • Apple Cider, Iced Tea, Hot Cocoa
  • Juice Boxes & Tea Bags
  • Granola & Cereal Bars
  • Fruit Snacks
  • Snack Wrapped Cookies
  • Soups & Chili
  • Canned Meats (Chicken & Tuna)
  • Spaghetti, Ravioli, Macaroni & Cheese
  • Peanut Butter & Jelly

Other needs to help the House:

  • Laundry Detergent
  • C-fold Towels
  • Toilet Paper
  • Tissue Boxes
  • Napkins
  • Travel size Shampoo & Conditioner
  • Travel size Body Wash

Angel Tree and the Oak Brook Community Church

December 2010

The Oak Brook branch was a participant in the Angel Tree Project through the Oak Brook Community Church. The project connects parents in prison with their children through the delivery of Christmas gifts for the children.

Evergreen was given the names of five children to fulfill a portion of each individual wish list. Through employee monetary donations, Evergreen was able to raise over $300 and fulfill seven individual wish lists, two more than originally asked. Thirty gifts were purchased and wrapped by a team of Oak Brook employees. The gifts were delivered to the Oak Brook Community Church, and will be delivered to the children on behalf of their parents on Christmas.

Evergreen Park and Ronald McDonald House Charities

November 2010

Seven staff volunteers from our Evergreen Park location donated their time on November 22, 2010 to serve families dinner at the Oak Lawn Ronald McDonald House. Four staff members cooked sloppy joes for forty people while three staff members served and cleaned up. Along with providing dinner, the volunteers also brought non-perishable food, wish list items and stuffed animals donated by Evergreen Park customers and staff.

All seven staff members felt that it was an extremely rewarding experience and plan to volunteer again. The families staying at the house were appreciative of our staff's kindness so close to the Thanksgiving holiday. The Evergreen Park branch will continue to collect non-perishable food and wish list items throughout the year to donate to the House.

Electronic Recycling Community Event

October 2010

The Electronic Recycling Community Event hosted at the Oak Brook office was a great success. Volunteer staff worked side by side with community residents to dispose of over 5 tons of electronic waste!

Materials collected during the event were recycled generating $536 for this fundraiser. Evergreen matched the funds bringing the total donation to the Butler School District 53 technology fund to $1,073.

Dr. Sandra Martin, Superintendent of the Butler School District 53, stopped by to visit during the event. She extended the District's appreciation for Evergreen's work both with its "Go Green" initiative and support of the Oak Brook community's young people via education.

Electronic Recycling Community Event

October 2010

On Saturday, October 16, 2010 from 10:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m., Evergreen Bank Group's Oak Brook location will host an Electronic Recycling Community Event. With electronic waste filling our landfills at a staggering pace, electronic recycling offers a responsible disposal solution. Here is your opportunity to safely dispose of any unwanted electronic devices while supporting the community and protecting the environment. All electronic devices will be safely wiped, dismantled and recycled.

As much as 99% of all electronic scrap materials can be reused in a different capacity. Recycled materials disposed of during the event will be sold for future use. Evergreen Bank Group has decided to donate all proceeds to Butler School District 53 for the purchase of new technology.

Accepted Items:

  • PCs / Laptops / Servers and Monitors
  • Cell Phones / Telephones
  • Cable Boxes and Modems
  • Printers (Dot Matrix, Inkjet, and Laser)
  • Fax and Copy Machines
  • VCRs / DVDs / Video Cameras

The event will include free hot dogs, popcorn and refreshments to those in attendance. Support your community and impact the world.

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Relay for Life of Oak Brook Corporate Event – August 6, 2010

August 2010

The Oak Brook Terrace Park District hosted the American Cancer Society Relay for Life Oak Brook Corporate event at Terrace View Park on Friday evening, August 6. As a sponsor, Evergreen was an active participate in the event this year, particularly with Dan Inendino serving as event chairman.

"It truly was a great experience for all who attended," said Dan. "Evergreen Bank raised $4,261 in addition to the bank's $1,000 sponsorship. The event itself surpassed our goal raising over $58,000."

The band, tasty food from local vendors, moving ceremonies, and chatting with company representatives at various tents and other attendees throughout made for a memorable evening. The highlight for many was witnessing the determination and commitment of one of the runners – Joe Musselman. He started running the trail on Friday morning and continued nonstop until 2:00 a.m. Sunday morning! He reached his goal of logging 50 miles!

Relay was definitely a success in more ways than one. "Being a corporate event, this was a great opportunity for companies to show goodwill in the Oak Brook community, network with other businesses, and get behind a great cause."

"Thanks to everyone who supported Relay, it was a tremendous event," said Dan.

Relay for Life of Oak Brook Corporate

August 2010

Evergreen Bank Group is proud to once again sponsor the Relay for Life Oak Brook Corporate event. On August 6, 2010, the Oak Brook Terrace Park District will host the American Cancer Society Relay For Life Oak Brook Corporate at Terrace View Park. Relay For Life is the signature event of the American Cancer Society where people come together to celebrate the lives of people who have battled cancer, remember loved ones lost, and to fight back against the disease. Relay For Life Oak Brook Corporate is one of 19 Relay For Life events in DuPage County and 5,000 across the United States. Relay For Life Oak Brook Corporate is specially designed for the companies and corporations in the Oak Brook and Oakbrook Terrace area. Before August 6, companies can use Relay For Life as a team building activity. On August 6, teams can use Relay as their company picnic. From 3:00 p.m. until midnight, people can set up camp sites and enjoy live music, good food, moving ceremonies and fun activities for all ages.

"Being a corporate event, this is a great opportunity for companies to show goodwill in the Oak Brook community, network with other businesses and get behind a great cause," said this year's event Chairman, Dan Inendino with Evergreen Bank Group. "Our goal is to raise $52,500 for cancer research, prevention programs and services to patients. We are hoping to surpass this amount."

To register a team or for more information, please call your American Cancer Society at (630) 932-1141, 3 for receptionist or visit the event website at www.relayforlifeoakbrook.com. For 24/7 information and support related to cancer, call (800) ACS-2345 or visit www.cancer.org.

Oak Brook Park District's Music in the Park

July 2010

Evergreen Bank Group is proud to once again sponsor the Oak Brook Park District's Music in the Park series being held at 7:00 p.m. each Thursday night from July 8-29, 2010. Each week features a new band with music for all ages to enjoy. The events are held in either rain or shine at the Oak Brook Park District's Central Park Gazebo or gymnasium. Please click the link below to view the full schedule.

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42nd Annual Evergreen Park Independence Day Parade

July 2010

On July 2, 2010, Evergreen Bank Group proudly participated in the 42nd annual Evergreen Park Independence Day Parade. For the 11th year in a row, Evergreen Bank Group's staff hosted a float and distributed candy and promotional items to the community.

Road America Superbike Race – Elkhart Lake, WI

June 2010

On June 5, 2010, a group of Evergreen Bank Group staff attended the Road America Superbike Races in Elkhart Lake, WI to support rider Larry Pegram of the Pegram Ducati Racing Team. FreedomRoad Financial, a national motorcycle lending division of Evergreen Bank Group, is a sponsor of the Pegram Ducati Racing Team. Larry Pegram placed fourth in both races on Saturday and Sunday.

Evergreen Bank Group Celebrates 3 Year Anniversary

March 2010

Evergreen Bank Group proudly celebrated its 3 year anniversary on March 17, 2010.

Butler School District 53 Kids Savings Program

January 2010

On January 20-21, 2010, the Evergreen Bank Group Executive Bankers presented a Kids Saving Program for the students of Brook Forest Elementary School in Oak Brook, IL. Classrooms ranging from Kindergarten through 4th grade were taught about the concept of money and the importance of saving at a young age.