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One Community Bank Celebrates Concession Stand Grand Opening at Middleton High School Stadium

November 20, 2023

Ameilia Abraham
One Community Bank

One Community Bank Celebrates Concession Stand Grand Opening at Middleton High School Stadium

(November 2023) – One Community Bank is delighted to invest in our communities and support the Middleton Cross Plains Area School District (MCPASD) with their new High School Stadium. OCB was thrilled to donate $100,000 to the MCPASD Education Foundation for their High School Stadium Complex Improvement Project.

One Community Bank’s twenty-year commitment is recognized through signage inside and outside of the concession stand, a plaque on the donor wall in the Cardinal Fan Walkway and a paver.

“At One Community Bank we believe in three things: serving our clients, supporting our colleagues, and investing in our communities. We are proud to invest in the good neighbor community of Middleton and contribute to the impact MCPASD is making on students,” said Steve Peotter, President and CEO.

“The stadium complex includes a ticket booth, restrooms, locker rooms, a concession stand, an excellence tunnel, storage, a donor wall, and more. The first story is completed, the second story has yet to be completed. Fundraising continues for the second story. The community has been incredibly supportive, and it’s been made possible because of amazing partners like One Community Bank,” said Dr. Dana Monogue.

The Middleton High School Stadium aims to be a stadium for all. It is a state-of-the-art stadium complex that continues to drive the MCPASD district mission of being inclusive, innovative, and inspiring for all students.

One Community Bank is one of the largest community banks in south central Wisconsin. The locally owned bank has 15 bank locations and $2.1 billion in assets. It provides both personal and business banking solutions, with an intense focus on serving clients, supporting colleagues, and investing in its communities. Five years in a row named one of Madison’s best places to work, One Community Bank serves the communities of Oregon, McFarland, Waunakee, Stoughton, Sun Prairie, Middleton, Adams, Oxford, Grand Marsh, Hillsboro, La Farge, Readstown, Wonewoc, and Union Center. Member FDIC.

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Madison Reading Project Celebrates Giving 100,000 Books This Year

November 16, 2023


Rowan Childs
Cell: (608) 347-7970

Madison Reading Project Celebrates Giving 100,000 Books This Year

Madison Reading Project delivered its 100,000th book of the year on Wednesday, Nov. 15, to the Salvation Army, Darbo Drive, kicking off the season of holiday book-giving. 

 “Whose Toes are Those?” by Jabari Asim is one of dozens of books Madison Reading Project, working with Madison Public Library, brings periodically to the Center.

“It’s another milestone along the journey of providing great books and literacy resources to children, families, and educators to encourage and inspire readers and learners,” says Rowan Childs, Madison Reading Project’s founder and executive director. “And, coincidentally, it’s also Family Literacy and Madison Reading Project month, as proclaimed by Madison’s mayor and city council.”

“We’re very proud of our role connecting the greater Dane County area with free, culturally and linguistically, diverse books and literacy resources – to ignite a love for reading,” says Deirdre Steinmetz, Madison Reading Project’s program and operations director. “Thanks to our generous community, we will continue bringing even more books to organizations and schools as we work together to support kids and educators.”

“In a season noted for honoring generous giving, we’re celebrating the opportunity to bring books to deserving children,” says Childs. “Our corporate donors, foundations, and especially individual givers during this month’s Community Book Drive make it possible to reach such a milestone. I’m so proud of our team’s determination to make every book wish come true. Reaching 100,000 is a huge achievement of our organization and helps meet our communities’ need for quality reading materials accessible to children.”

“Serendipitously, The Salvation Army, Darbo Drive location, was our very first program partner when we began in 2014. Since then we’ve added many new literacy programs to our repertoire, including our Books for Educators, where so far this year, we’ve given over 1,000 local teachers  more than 22,000 books. And, since our founding, we’ve given 478,400 books to about 303,600 kids.”

Working with the Wisconsin State Journal’s Empty Stocking Club, Madison Reading Project plans to bring more than 15,000 books to the annual holiday toy distribution event.

“With the communities’ help, we’ll work to get new books that kids want into the hands of children from birth to age 18, who may have few, if any, books in their homes,” Childs says.  

To contribute and learn more visit

Madison Reading Project is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization with a mission to connect communities with free books and literacy enrichment programs that ignite a love for reading. 


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Summit Credit Union Celebrating 10th Cash Boomerang

Media Contact:
Jason Waller
Cell: 608-698-5948
Work: (608) 243-5000, ext. 6862

Summit Credit Union Celebrating 10th Cash Boomerang 
Summit giving back $2.66 million to members in 10th year of annual member giveback bringing total money provided to eligible members to $22.3 million. 

Madison, Wisconsin — Summit Credit Union announced an annual patronage dividend, called Cash Boomerang, of $2.66 million to its members. The giveback is based on the cooperative’s financial success and on a member’s use of Summit’s checking, savings, borrowing services, as well as their length of membership.

The annual program will send a cash payout to 75,900 members. This is the 10th year of Cash Boomerang, which has paid out $22.6 million to Summit members in the last decade. 

“The more business our members do with us, the better we do as their financial cooperative, and the more they’ll get back in a Cash Boomerang,” said Kim Sponem, CEO and President. “Cash Boomerang is one way we show our commitment to delivering significant savings and value to our members, along with education, tools, and guidance to reach their financial goals.” 

Sponem shared that the timing of the payout, right before the holiday season, is intentional. “We hear from members that they like to do something fun with their Cash Boomerang since they weren’t expecting it, or that it gives them just enough cushion to relieve some stress at this time of year,” said Sponem. “We love to hear the stories from members of the unexpected boost right before the holidays. The delight that it brings members makes it a favorite time of year for our team, too.”

Members can redeem their cash payout via online or mobile banking, and deposit it into any Summit account they choose. Cash Boomerang payouts not claimed are deposited into members’ accounts in early December.  

“As a financial cooperative, our success is our members’ success,” said Sponem. “This is a rewarding way to share it.” For more information about Cash Boomerang, visit 

Summit Credit Union background 

Established in 1935, Summit Credit Union is a member-owned financial cooperative. Summit holds $6.8 billion in assets and has more than 252,000 members and 967 employees across 57 locations throughout Wisconsin. Since 2002, Kim Sponem has been CEO & President of Summit Credit Union, formerly known as CUNA Credit Union/Great Wisconsin Credit Union.       

Recognized for its excellence in employee engagement, in 2021, 2022 and 2023 Summit was named both a Top Workplace in the USA by Top Workplaces USA and a Top Workplace in the Madison area by the Wisconsin State Journal. In 2023 it has added a Top Workplace award in Milwaukee by the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel.      

For more information, visit or call 608-243-5000 or 800-236-5560.

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Per Mar Security Services Celebrates 70 years of Excellence

Jordin Wilson, Per Mar Security Services

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE | October 26th, 2023

Per Mar Security Services Celebrates 70 years of Excellence

DAVENPORT, Iowa – Per Mar Security, the largest family-owned, full-service security company in the
Midwest, celebrates its 70th anniversary on October 31st, 2023.

On Halloween in 1953, John and Eleanor Duffy started Per Mar in their home on Iowa Street. Per Mar has a long history of providing its customers with the greatest security technologies, service, and physical
security solutions. While the company has grown and evolved its commitment to providing reliable security solutions to customers has never wavered.

Now led by the third generation of the Duffy Family, Per Mar has acquired many businesses and invested in cutting-edge technology to better serve the wants and needs of its customers. Security officer services,
intelligent video monitoring, advanced access control systems, and burglar alarm systems, are just a few
of their many products and services.

Over the years, the innovation has allowed Per Mar to help customers stay one step ahead of potential
security threats, by remaining proactive instead of reactive. Adopting this method has led to great success and steady growth for Per Mar.

The company’s commitment to its people and protecting what matters most is clear and is a testament to
its many years of business. A quote the leadership team refers to frequently is; Take care of your employees, they’ll take care of the customers, and the rest will take care of itself.

“My brother Brad and I feel fortunate to be a part of the third generation of our family to lead Per Mar. Per Mar’s success is a credit to many people here who have cared for the company like owners, and we try our best to lead through listening to the people serving our customers every day.” – Brian Duffy, CEO

To celebrate its 70th anniversary, Per Mar donated $70 in early September to each of the 25 branch’s
organization of choice for National Charity Day. The team will also be honoring each branch’s longest-standing employee to show their appreciation for their dedication and loyalty.

About Per Mar Security Services

Established in 1953, Per Mar Security Services is the largest, family-owned, full-service security company
in the Midwest with more than 2,800 team members, operating in 25 branch locations. The company
provides full-service security solutions for homes and businesses including live video monitoring, security
officer services, smart home automation, burglar and fire alarms, access control, security cameras, alarm
monitoring, investigative services, and background checks. For more information about Per Mar Security
Services, please visit

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