United Bank of Iowa employees donate to local cancer centers

Friday, January 4, 2019
From left to right - Samantha Thompson, Leslie Gomez, Araceli Chairez, Jody Martinez, Brooke Groat, Coleen Smming, Carla Lindgren, Katie Schwint, Kellen Jacobson, Jacob Schable, Diane Porter, Peun Sihachak-Khamdaeng, Stephanie Robbins, Ashlynn Blenner, Debra Dirks, Julie Hahn, Karen Koch. / Photo submitted

The employees of United Bank of Iowa recently donated funds to four area cancer centers for cancer caregiver expenses. A total of $6,195 was distributed to the June E. Nylen Cancer Center in Sioux City, St. Anthony Foundation in Carroll, Buena Vista Regional Medical Center AWARE in Storm Lake, and Trinity Cancer Center in Fort Dodge.

Owen Bolte, President & CEO, stated, “Each year we see employees, their families, and customers deal with the impact that cancer has on their lives. On behalf of our UBI staff, we’re pleased to support the efforts of our area cancer centers and recognize the important role they play in our communities.”

The employee initiative, creatively called “The Difference is Hair”, a play on the bank’s tagline “The Difference is Here”, gave employees two options to participate. Employees could be a “hair grower” and not shave during the month of November or sponsor an employee, family member, or friend who was not shaving. Each participant donation was increased with a matching gift from UBI.

This is the second year for this event at United Bank of Iowa. In 2017, a total of $7,284 was distributed to the four area cancer centers.

Pictured are UBI staff members from the Storm Lake office presenting their donation to the Buena Vista Regional Medical Center AWARE in Storm Lake.