Baylake Bank Algoma Financial Center Manager Russ Ritchie (left) pictured with rain barrel winner Bill Rice.
Baylake Bank Algoma Financial Center Manager Russ Ritchie (left) pictured with rain barrel winner Bill Rice.

Baylake Bank representative Katy Lau (left) pictured with rain barrel winner Debra Duquaine
Baylake Bank representative Katy Lau (left) pictured with rain barrel winner Debra Duquaine

Baylake Bank Employees Raise Awareness and Money for Water Conservation

October 5, 2010 -  Sturgeon Bay, WI—Baylake Bank employees had two goals in mind when they decided to display rain barrels from Crossroads at Big Creek* in Door County and from Groundwater Guardians* in Kewaunee County. The goals were to support these local organizations with their efforts to educate on the importance and ease of water conservation, and also support the conservation initiatives of Great Lakes United (GLU)* during the 2010 Baylake Bank Tall Ship Festival. GLU was the title sponsor of the American Sail Training Association Tall Ships Challenge ® Series* across the Great Lakes this past summer, and Green Bay was one of six official Tall Ships Challenge ports, with a special Parade of Sail held in Sturgeon Bay.

“The ships were stunning, but we also were pleased to be able to spend time with people who truly cared about the Great Lakes…people who were eager to learn what they could do to keep our waters clean,” said Coggin Herringa, Director and Naturalist of Crossroads at Big Creek.

Prior to the festival, Baylake Bank purchased rain barrels and displayed them, along with brochures outlining the benefits and uses of the barrels, in select Door and Kewaunee County offices. Customers were invited to pick up a brochure and register to win one of two rain barrels that were to be given away. This same information was available during the Parade of Sail in Sturgeon Bay.

“We thought this would be a good way to connect with and support local water conservation organizations. The winners of the rain barrels were very excited to have them, and we were very pleased to help spread the word about the simple things each person can do to make a difference in protecting the Great Lakes,” said Baylake Bank marketing representative Dawn Augustson. Rain barrel winners were Bill Rice of Forestville and Debra Duquaine of Sturgeon Bay.

According to Augustson, the rain barrel and water conservation awareness efforts have not ended even though the festival is over for the year. The bank has purchased more rain barrels and plans to bring back the displays and information to share with customers at additional offices next spring.

In addition to the rain barrel efforts, Baylake Bank hosted a “Casual Day for a Cause” in which employees raised more than $600 for GLU. Each employee contributed a minimum of $5 in exchange for wearing jeans on a select Friday. The donation was presented to GLU Director Derek Stack and Communication Coordinator Brent Gibson at the Baylake Bank Tall Ship Festival.

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