Community Involvement

Fair Animal Market Winners!

This year looked different for many of the 4H and FFA students. They worked hard all year, and many had their fairs cancelled. The Taylor County Fair was still able to find a way to host the animal market sale. We are happy to announce that we were the winner of two pigs that were processed and donated back to the following food pantries; Community United Food Pantry in Colby, First Baptist Church Food Pantry in Medford and Peyton's Promise serving Marathon County.

 

“We were pretty excited to be the winner of two pigs this year! That allowed us to donate to three very deserving organizations” said Sue Ackerman, Vice President and Medford Branch Manager.


Fill a Backpack Fill a Need

UPDATE:

The United Way of Marathon County Fill A Backpack Fill A Need program still held their annual program. Instead of collecting supplies, they collected monetary donation to help purchase backpacks and classroom supply lists. We collected funds at AbbyBank in Abbotsford, Wausau, Weston and Peace Lutheran Church in the Town of Frankfort.  The Fill A Backpack Fill A Need program helps all local students in need in the Marathon County schools (Abbotsford and Colby included).

 

“Thanks to Peace Lutheran Church, we were able to purchase over 20 backpacks and over $400 in supplies to fill them”, stated Natalyn Jannene, Assistant Vice President of Marketing for AbbyBank.
 
 
Due to the COVID-19 impact, this year's Fill a Backpack Fill a Need project out of Marathon County is asking for your monetary support to purchase school supplies for local students in need. The needed backpacks and school supplies have to be ordered now to arrive in time for the 2020 mid-August distribution. Please consider donating if you're able and would like to help! Please use the provided button link to securely donate online or for additional information on other ways to donate.
 
 

AbbyBank Partners with FHLB to Provide $40,000 in COVID-19 Relief

The Federal Home Loan Bank of Chicago (FHLB) offered a COVID-19 Relief Program consisting of a $20,000 grant to support their member institutions and the communities they serve. The AbbyBank board of directors felt they could make an even larger impact if they matched the $20,000 grant from FHLB. President and CEO, Craig Stuedemann, asked each location to decide where the funds are most needed in their communities. 
 
Abbotsford
  • $1,415 to nursing home and assisted living patients to get their hair cut
  • $2,000 in tickets purchased from Colby Dairy Breakfast 
  • $1,500 to CUP Food Pantry for dairy and meat 
  • $1,235 purchased in gift cards from local restaurants and businesses 
  • $350 each distributed to Abbotsford FFA and Athens FFA
Appleton
  • $3,000 distributed between The Vine Christian Fellowship, Crossways Lutheran Camping Ministries, St. Joseph Food Program and Iglesia De Cristo Mission Cris
  • $2,000 in gift cards from local area businesses to hand out to those in need
Gresham
  • $2,000 to St. Michael's Food Pantry in Keshena
  • $3,000 to Flo'ing with Kindness Inc., a newly established food pantry in Gresham
  • $700 in gift cards from local area restaurants and businesses to hand out to those in need
Medford
  • $1,800 to the Medford FFA for the purchase of dairy for students
  • $5,000 in gift cards purchased from local area restaurants and businesses to hand out at local restaurants when ordering takeout
Shawano
  • $3,700 distributed between six local deserving organizations like Shawano Area Matthew, Shawano Area Food Pantry and Resource Center (SAFPARC), Wolf River Habitat for Humanity, Safe Haven Domestic Abuse Facility, Georgia's House and The F.R.E.S.H. Project
  • $2,000 in gift cards to hand out to those in need
Wausau
  • $2,000 to The Neighbors Place
  • $2,000 to United Way of Marathon County
  • $2,000 to Wisconsin Institute for Public Policy and Service (WIPPS)
Weston
  • $5,700 distributed between five local deserving nonprofits like DCE Food Program, Blessings in a Backpack, New Life Pet Adoption, Homme Homes and Everest Area Optimist Club

Customer Appreciation Day - Every Friday In June - All Locations (Drive-up & Lobby)

Due to the uncertainty of COVID-19, we have decided to change our Customer Appreciation Days this year into Customers Appreciate Dairy Days! Each Friday in June, our customers are welcome to stop at AbbyBank and get the dairy treat for the week (while supplies last). June is also Dairy Month and many dairy breakfast across the state had to cancel. We are happy to help support our local Wisconsin Farmers!

Working Together While Working Apart - COVID-19 PPE Donations

To support our communities during the pandemic, we were involved in multiple relief efforts. One of the ways we came together as a community was helping to collect Persona Protective Equipment (PPE) and hand sewn masks. Because of your generosity, we were able to collect over 23,000 first aid items. These donations were given to;  Marshfield Clinic Health System, Ascension St. Clare's Hospital, Aspirus and Shawano Ambulance Services for distribution to local volunteer Emergency Medical Responder groups. 

SBA Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) Impact 

We are honored to have helped our customers in their time of need with the SBA Paycheck Protection Program!
 
Data as of 5/15/20
  • 327 Businesses Supported
  • $25,697,600 in PPP Loans Funded
Here's what a thankful customer had to say:
"Although we are an essential business, we have been pushed into providing care via telehealth and our business has gone way down. The PPP has allowed me to keep all of my staff on payroll instead of having to furlough them so that we can keep operating and offering high level mental health care for those who need it during this difficult time and in the months to come."
- Tracy Peterson, Director, Compass Counseling Wausau, LLC

Destination Medford Women's Weekend 2020

February 28, 2020 - February 29, 2020
Friday at the Bailiwick (formerly known as the Veranda) - Taste of Medford 4:30 p.m. - 7:30 p.m.
Come get your goodie bags and wine glasses for the weekend that will include a gift from AbbyBank! This year there will be a fashion show and games. 
AM classes are 10:00 a.m. - Noon and PM classes are 1:30 p.m. - 3:30 p.m.
Wine Walk is 4:00-8:00 p.m.
Get more details on their event page here!

Angel Tree Program

AbbyBank participated in the Angel Tree Programs at five of our locations. In 2019, the community helped us bring joy and the Christmas spirit to over 100 children in the Abbotsford, Medford, Wausau and Weston areas. 

Holiday Meal Matching Donation - Double Your Impact!

UPDATE: AbbyBank helped raise over $11,600 between all seven locations in 2019!
 
Bring joy and hope to local area families in need this holiday season. Now through December 13, 2019, AbbyBank will match your donation up to $6,000 collectively between all AbbyBank locations to provide local families a holiday meal. Monetary donations of all sizes are welcome along with any non-perishable food items. You can stop into any AbbyBank location to deliver your donation.
 
Here is where your donation will make an impact:
  • Community United Pantry (CUP) in Colby WI
  • Indian Head Food Pantry in Medford WI
  • Peyton's Promise in Marathon County WI
  • St. Joseph's Food Program in Appleton WI
  • Shawano Area Food Pantry and Resource Center (SAFPARC) in Shawano WI
  • TULP / St. Paul's Food Pantry serving Tilleda, Gresham and Leopolis
  • St. Michael's Food Pantry in Keshena WI

Wausau Metro Adult Special Olympics Received a $700 Donation 

The Abbotsford Story, Inc. is pleased to announce the donation of $700 to the Wausau Metro Adult Special Olympics for a new computer. Wausau Metro Adult Special Olympics mission is to provide year-round sports training and athletic competition in a variety of Olympic-type sports for adults with intellectual disabilities.


Huey's Hideaway Children's Museum Receives $10,000 Donation 

The Abbotsford Story, Inc. is pleased to announce the presentation of $10,000 to Huey’s Hideaway Children’s Museum, Medford, WI.  In September 2019, our donation was presented to Huey’s Hideaway to sponsor the pergola for their new outdoor space. They officially broke ground in early October.


Three Local Area Medford Organizations Receive Donations 

The Abbotsford Story, Inc. is pleased to announce the donation of $1,500 to three local area organizations.  Donations were presented to, the Immanuel Lutheran School, Medford Kiwanis Club and the Sand Box Child Care & Preschool. These donations will help support many remarkable initiatives in the Medford and surrounding communities.


St. Joseph Food Program Receives $500 Donation 

The Abbotsford Story, Inc. is pleased to announce the donation of $500 to St. Joseph’s Food Program for new shelves. St. Joe’s is a nonprofit in the Appleton area. They distribute over 30 tons of fresh food and non-perishable items to men, women, children, the elderly, working poor and temporarily unemployed.


LEAVEN Receives $1,000 Donation from the Abbotsford Story, Inc.

The Abbotsford Story, Inc. is pleased to announce the donation of $1,000 to LEAVEN for new computers. LEAVEN is a non-profit that helps to stabilize and empower people in financial crisis by providing financial assistance, referrals and case management to address their near-term and long-term basic needs.


Local Wausau Area Organizations Receive $2,100 Donation 

The Abbotsford Story, Inc. is pleased to announce the donation of $2,100 to the Boys and Girls Club in Wausau for a new laptop and Dream Flight USA Foundation for a new mechanical arm for their STEM shuttle.


Local Wausau Organization Receives $1,000 Donation

The Abbotsford Story, Inc. is pleased to announce the donation of $1,000 to Middle Grounds in Wausau for a new computer and printer. Middle Grounds is a coffee shop for young adults. Their mission is to reach young teens where they are at, in a judgement free environment.


Local Shawano Organization Receives $1,500 Donation

The Abbotsford Story, Inc. is pleased to announce the donation of $1,500 to the F.R.E.S.H (Food, Resources, Education, Sustainability, Health) Project, a local Shawano area organization.  In October 2019, the donation was presented to F.R.E.S.H. for a lawn mower and tillers to help keep their gardens thriving. 1/3 of residents in Shawano County said they didn't have enough food to eat and didn't have enough money to get more (according to a survey done by the F.R.E.S.H. Project). 

The Abbotsford Story, Inc. was formed in 1986 as a private charitable foundation of AbbyBank.  Since then, AbbyBank has made contributions totaling over $1,270,300 to the foundation.   Over the years, the foundation has made donations to Abbotsford, Appleton, Medford, Wausau, Weston and neighboring area organizations totaling over $940,976.65.


AbbyBank Gives Medford Tech Ed Department Donation 

The Tech Ed department in Medford, helped AbbyBank design, create and build two buildings. One of those buildings is for outdoor equipment and storage. The other building is for AbbyBank’s new horse shelter.  

“We serve a diverse customer base and being able to partner with the school allowed us to collaborate with them for a teaching opportunity, while also giving a donation back to the school. This horse shelter will help keep our customers’ horses happy, healthy and quenched!” said Sue Ackerman, Vice President and Medford Branch Manager.


Taylor County Students Get Meals for the Weekends

The United Way of Taylor County started a new campaign this school year to help feed local area students’ meals and snack on the weekends. They had a collection box at the Medford AbbyBank location and collected backpacks, meals and $100 in monetary donations. 

 

“After hearing from the United Way about the number of children in Taylor County that the school meals may be the only meals they eat, we knew we needed a collection box. That is what community is all about, stepping up when there is a need,” states Sue Ackerman, Vice President/Branch Manager for AbbyBank.


Taylor County Fair

Brian Lehman, VP/Agriculture Loan Officer for AbbyBank was the winning bid for a 250 lbs. hog this year! Sue Ackerman, our VP/Branch Manager for Medford and Brian, chose to donate the hog to the Food Pantry located in the First Baptist Church in Medford.

School Supplies for Students in Need 

We are collecting school supplies at all AbbyBank locations. Each location is partnering with an organization that shares the same passion about giving back as we do!
 
Appleton - Cool for School Supply Drive - drop off location in Appleton at 1500 N. Casaloma Drive. Collecting until July 31, 2019.
Items needed:
  • New backpacks
  • Folders
  • Pencils
  • Markers
  • Crayons
  • Pencil pouches
  • Binders
  • Dry erase markers
  • Highlighters
  • Wide ruled notebooks
  • One inch 3-ring binders
Wausau, Weston and Abbotsford - Fill A Backpack Fill A Need - United Way of Marathon County/Workforce Volunteer Council - drop off locations in Wausau, 305 S. 18th Avenue, Weston, 2405 Schofield Avenue and Abbotsford, 401 E. Spruce Street. Collecting until August 12, 2019.
Items needed:
  • New backpacks
  • Crayons 24 ct.
  • Erasers
  • Plastic pencil box
  • Rulers
  • Colored markers (washable)
  • Highlighters
  • Wide lined notebooks
  • Wide lined loose-leaf paper
  • Pocket folders to match notebooks (red, yellow, green or blue)
  • Colored pencils
  • Pens (red only)
  • Water color paint
  • Glue and glue sticks
Medford - Meals in a Backpack Campaign - United Way of Taylor County - drop off location in Medford, 215 S. 8th Street. Collecting until August 28, 2019.
 
If you prefer to make a financial contribution, you can mail a check to PO Box 85, Medford WI 54451 payable to United Way of Taylor County.
  • Backpacks
  • Grocery Store Gift Cards (Medford County Market and Walmart)
  • Cereal
  • Oatmeal
  • Fruit cups
  • Applesauce Cups
  • Juice boxes
  • Cans of Vegetables
  • Snack Bars (granola bars, fruit bars, breakfast bars, etc.)
  • Cans of soup
  • Peanut Butter and Jelly
  • Rice products
  • Macaroni & Cheese
  • Spaghetti Noodles
  • Spaghetti Sauces

Customer Appreciation Day Events 2019

Wausau, Thursday July, 11th
11:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m.
 
Abbotsford, Thursday, August 1st
10:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m.
 
Medford, Tuesday, August 27th
11:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m.
 
Weston, Friday, September 6th
11:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m.
 

June Dairy Month -Dairy Breakfasts 2019

AbbyBank is proud to sponsor these local dairy breakfasts.

Sunday, June 2, 2019
Abbotsford Dairy Breakfast
Sponsored by the Abbotsford FFA
Dean and Sue Bender Farm
5769 Reynolds Ave, Dorchester,  
7:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.

Sunday, June 2, 2019
Granton Dairy Breakfast
Gary, Margie & Bryan Dahl Farm
N3870 Pelsdorf Ave, Granton
7:00 a.m. -12:30 p.m.
 
Sunday, June 2, 2019
Marathon County Dairy Breakfast
Northcentral Technical College's Agriculture Center of Excellence
6625 County Road K, Wausau 
8:00 a.m. -12:30 p.m.

Sunday, June 9, 2019
Neillsville Dairy Breakfast
Mathis Dairy
W5325 State Highway 73, Neillsville
7:00 a.m. -12:00 p.m.

Sunday, June 16, 2019
Loyal Dairy Breakfast
RZ Builders
204 E Mill Street, Loyal
7:00 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.

Sunday, June 23, 2019
Colby Dairy Breakfast
Sponsored by the Abby/Colby Chamber and Colby FFA Alumni
Heeg Brothers Dairy
7:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.

Sunday, June 30, 2019
Greenwood Dairy Breakfast
Sponsored by Greenwood FFA Alumni and Greenwood Chamber
Stieglitz Dairy LLC
N8280 River Ave, Greenwood

WBA Community Banking Week 

April 22-26, 2019
This is the second year AbbyBank and the WBA have participated in Community Bank Week. This is a week for all Community Banks to show our communities how much we care! You will find us participating in things like; teaching children to save, cash mobbing, shred day, playing money smart games at local schools, reading to children and much much more! Keep a lookout for what we will be up to this week on our social media pages.

Taylor County Moving for a Cure

Friday, May 17, 2019
TCMC raises funds to support cancer patients living in Taylor County. Each year AbbyBank sponsors the event which also allows us the opportunity to have an AbbyBank team that participates each year. If you are interested in learning more or would like to sign up visit the TCMC website.

Destination Medford Women's Weekend 2019

February 21, 2019 - February 23, 2019
Friday at the Bailiwick (formerly known as the Veranda) - Taste of Medford 4:30 p.m. - 7:30 p.m.
Come get your goodie bags and wine glasses for the weekend that will include a gift from AbbyBank!
AM classes are 10:00 a.m. - Noon and PM classes are 1:30 p.m. - 3:30 p.m.
Wine Walk is 4:00-8:00 p.m.
Get more details on the event here!