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Community News 2011

Santa Claus is Coming to Town

December 2011

Santa and Mrs. Claus are once again making a special stop at our Oak Brook location on Saturday, December 3, 2011 from 10:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. Bring your camera along with the little ones to capture the moment. Ho Ho Ho!

Angel Tree and the Oak Brook Community Church

December 2011

Evergreen Bank Group was a participant in the Angel Tree Project through the Oak Brook Community Church again this year. The project connects parents in prison with their children through the delivery of Christmas gifts.

Evergreen was given the names of eight children to buy presents for. Through employee monetary donations, Evergreen was able to raise enough money to fulfill each child's wish list. After a team of employees wrapped the gifts, they were delivered to the Oak Brook Community Church and will be delivered to the children on behalf of their parents on Christmas.

Ribbon Cutting Event

December 2011

Evergreen Bank Group celebrated the installation of its new sign with a Ribbon-Cutting event on Thursday, December 1st. Village Trustee representatives, Oak Brook Chamber of Commerce staff along with members of the community attended the event. The landmark sign is placed at the top of the Regency Towers building, located on the southeast corner of Route 83 and 22nd street. Darin Campbell, Chief Executive Officer for Evergreen Bank Group said, "We couldn't be more excited about our sign on top of the building. It looks great and it gives us a real presence in the market."

The new bank sign represents the collaboration between the Village of Oak Brook and Evergreen Bank Group. A new sign ordinance was created and adopted to provide Oak Brook businesses more signage options. "The Village and the Oak Brook Chamber were a pleasure to work with and both clearly understand and support the Oak Brook business community," stated Campbell. The new sign ordinance fosters development of business growth and prosperity.

Toys for Tots

November 2011

Evergreen Bank Group was proud to participate in the U.S. Marine Corps Reserve's Toys for Tots program this year. Unwrapped presents were collected and distributed as Christmas gifts to needy children in the community.

Thanks to our clients and employees, we were able to collect so many toys that the toy box was overflowing!

Food Drive

November 2011

This holiday season, our Oak Brook and Evergreen Park branches will be collecting food for the Evergreen Park Village Pantry Coalition. Please bring any nonperishables to either of our branches through December 31, 2011. Wish list items include cereal, pasta, macaroni and cheese, peanut butter, jelly, canned soup, canned fruit, canned vegetables, jello/pudding and pasta sauce. We thank you for your support in helping those in need.

Electronic Recycling Community Event

September 2011

The Electronic Recycling Community Event hosted at the Oak Brook office was a great success again this year. Volunteer staff worked side by side with community residents to dispose of over 3 tons of electronic waste!

Materials collected during the event were recycled generating $149.30 for this fundraiser. Evergreen matched the funds bringing the total donation to the Butler School District 53 technology fund to $300.

Electronic Recycling Community Event

September 2011

On Saturday, September 17, 2011 from 10:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m., Evergreen Bank Group's Oak Brook location will host an Electronic Recycling Community Event again this year. 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.

Relay for Life of Oak Brook Corporate

August 2011

Evergreen Bank Group is proud to once again sponsor the Relay for Life Oak Brook Corporate event. On August 5, 2011, 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 5, companies can use Relay for Life as a team building activity. On August 5, 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.

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 2011

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 7-28, 2011. 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.

43rd Annual Evergreen Park Independence Day Parade

July 2011

On Friday, July 1, 2011, Evergreen Bank Group proudly participated in the 43rd annual Evergreen Park Independence Day Parade. For the 12th year in a row, Evergreen Bank Group's staff hosted a float and distributed candy and promotional items to the community.

Are You Prepared For When Disaster Strikes?

May 2011

Unfortunately, our news has been filled with stories of disasters lately. First we saw the devastating earthquake and tsunami in Japan, and the nuclear crisis that ensued. Recently, we've seen severe weather across the United States producing massive flooding and destructive tornadoes. These events have left hundreds of thousands of people displaced, many having lost their homes and personal belongings. As you reach out and try to help those in need during these difficult times, you should also ask yourself if you and your family are prepared should a disaster strike.

In conjunction with your spring cleaning this year, it's a perfect time to develop a disaster plan of your own. Our May electronic newsletter has an article that includes tips to get started. We also recommend organizing your paperwork and placing important documents and belongings into a safety deposit box. If space is a concern, a great option is creating an emergency document archive on a flash drive and placing the flash drive in your safety deposit box. The archive should include scanned copies of items such as your birth certificate, social security card, driver's license, insurance policies, insurance card, vehicle owner's certificates, wills and trust documents, homeowner's real estate documents, etc.

Should you be interested in opening a safety deposit box at one of our locations, please contact an executive banker today. We look forward to seeing you soon.

Darin Campbell

President & CEO

Proud Co-Sponsor of The Pink 5K

May 2011

Evergreen Bank Group is a proud co-sponsor of the Oak Brook Park District's inaugural Pink 5K being held on Saturday, May 7. This is a fantastic event also sponsored by Susan G. Komen and Adventist Hinsdale Hospital; $5 of every registration will be donated to Susan G. Komen Race for the Cure to help in the fight against breast cancer.

The event will start at 8:00 a.m. and take place on the Oak Brook Park District's Central Grounds. Evergreen Bank Group will be represented by a team of walkers and runners. For more information regarding this event and how to register a team of your own, please visit the Oak Brook Park District's official website at www.obparks.org.

Culver-Stockton College Visit

May 2011

On May 12, 2011, Evergreen Bank Group will host students from Culver-Stockton College for the second year in a row as part of the EXP@CSC program. This innovative program organizes offsite field trips that supplement the coursework and allows the students to learn first-hand about how companies operate. The visit will include a tour of Evergreen Bank Group's headquarters location in Oak Brook, IL and a full day of presentations from the executive team.

Teach Children to Save Program

May 2011

During the month of May, our Evergreen Park branch staff plans to present a Teach Children to Save program to the students of the Most Holy Redeemer School in Evergreen Park, IL. Classrooms ranging from Kindergarten through 5th grade will be taught about the concept of money and the importance of saving at a young age.

Evergreen Bank Group's efforts are part of the American Bankers Association's Teach Children to Save national campaign. Designed to help raise awareness about the important role that banks and bankers play in helping young people develop lifelong savings habits, the program has reached 4 million young people with the help of some 97,000 banker volunteers.

Parents are encouraged to join in the efforts to promote the importance of financial literacy at a young age. A great way to help your children understand about the concept of money is to start them off with their own Kids Statement Savings account. Please contact an executive banker to open an account today. For more information regarding the Teach Children to Save program, please visit www.teachchildrentosave.com.

Evergreen Bank Group Sponsors Oak Brook Park District Events

April 2011

Evergreen Bank Group is proud to sponsor a group of events at the Oak Brook Park District throughout the 2011 calendar year. We invite you to join us in the fun! In addition to a Choose to Lose Weight Loss Challenge earlier this year, Evergreen Bank Group is sponsoring the following upcoming events:

Indoor Aquatic & Fitness Triathlon – Sunday, April 10, 2011

The Pink 5K – Saturday, May 7, 2011

Music in the Park Outdoor Summer Concert Series – each Thursday night in July 2011

For more information regarding these events, please visit the Oak Brook Park District's official website at www.obparks.org.

Enhanced Electronic Newsletter

April 2011

Evergreen Bank Group enhanced its electronic newsletter (Click here to subscribe). The new format will include Getting Ahead, Business Banking, and Lifestyle educational articles in addition to Bank news and information. Other features include a Bookmark and Share toolbar, making it easy to distribute content you find interesting with others via social networking sites, and a custom survey to poll readers' responses each month. We welcome you to explore these new and exciting features as we continue to build upon this popular communication outlet.

In other news, it's hard to believe that we've just wrapped up the first quarter of 2011. Tax day is almost here and before you know it, summer will be too. As we head into these busy spring months, take time to address any financial needs you want to take care of this year. Whether you aren't sure what to do with your refund check or need help purchasing that new house for summer, our executive bankers are here to help.

Darin Campbell

President & CEO

Evergreen Bank Group and FreedomRoad Financial Celebrate 4 Year Anniversary

March 2011

I am proud to report that Evergreen Bank Group's Oak Brook location and FreedomRoad Financial, our National Powersports Lender, celebrated their 4 year anniversary on March 19, 2011. As we move forward, we are dedicated to being the best community bank, meeting the diverse financial needs of individuals, businesses and non-profit organizations in the marketplace we serve. We appreciate your business, and we look forward to continuing to serve you for many years to come.

Darin Campbell

President & CEO

Relay for Life Kick Off Celebration

January 2011

Evergreen Bank Group is proud to sponsor the American Cancer Society's Oak Brook Corporate Relay for Life again this year set to take place on Friday, August 5, 2011. Join us at the kick off celebration on March 10 at Tuscany Restaurant from 6:30 p.m. – 8:00 p.m. for free food, door prizes, networking and Relay information.

Branch Manager Re-Appointed to Director

January 2011

We are proud to report that Rich Menke, Branch Manager of our Evergreen Park location, has once again been elected as a Director of the Evergreen Park Chamber of Commerce. Rich looks forward to helping promote local businesses in the Evergreen Park community throughout his appointment. For more information on ways to become involved, please visit the Evergreen Park Chamber of Commerce's official site.

Happy New Year from Evergreen Bank Group!

January 2011

Up to 92 percent of New Year's resolutions fail. Perhaps you have contemplated one of the most important goals of your financial future, but have found it a challenge. Evergreen Bank is here to help you keep that goal starting today – a personal savings program. With the assistance of our Retail Banking professionals, find the product that meets your savings needs. Deposit funds monthly into a money market or savings account. Lower your monthly expenses by refinancing your mortgage. Need funds for holiday shopping in December? Open a Christmas Club account. Let Evergreen Bank help you keep your personal savings resolution. Best regards for a prosperous 2011.

Darin Campbell

President & CEO

Evergreen Bank Group