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Five Local Charities Win at 2017 First Business Invitational for Charity

MADISON, WI, September 21, 2017  First Business Financial Services, Inc. (Nasdaq: FBIZ), is pleased to announce the winning nonprofits and golfers who played for them in the 2017 First Business Invitational for Charity. This year featured the largest playing field of local business leaders since the event began seven years ago. Winning golfers and charities from the event yesterday at Hawks Landing Golf Club include:

First Place: Canopy Center/Dane County CASA is the winner of the 2017 First Business Invitational for Charity. The nonprofit organization received a check for $28,000 thanks to local business leaders Glen Weyenberg and Mike Gustafson of SVA Certified Public Accountants S.C., who placed first in this year’s competitive play.

The remaining winners include:

2nd – $9,000 National Multiple Sclerosis Society – Wisconsin Chapter James Rose of Baker Tilly and Randy Steinhauer


3rd – $5,500 Edgewood High School Mike Elliott & Chris Zwettler, sponsored by Eric teDuits of Children’s Dental Center of Madison


4th – $3,500 Middleton Outreach Ministry Adam Greenberg of City Bar on State & Todd Smith of Godfrey & Kahn


5th – $2,000 Special Olympics Wisconsin Jeff Bartzen & Tim Sweeney of Neider & Boucher, S.C.


The First Business Invitational is a forum where local business leaders compete for a local charity of their choice. The event was designed with two-person teams competing in a best ball format. First Business Bank covers 100 percent of the event costs.

“Our local business leaders are compassionate and competitive, and this event brings those two talents to the forefront,” says Jim Hartlieb, President, First Business Bank. “Every year the competition is robust, and the donations keep rising – we feel fortunate to bring together such gracious leaders who are aware of the needs in our communities.”

Canopy Center/Dane County CASA treats sexually abused children and works to prevent child abuse. Executive Director Donna Fox said the nonprofit is careful with every dollar in its budget, and the impact of winning $28,000 was immediately unfathomable.

“I’m just thinking of all the wonderful things we can do with this,” Fox says. “We make sure every dollar goes to the kids we serve. This is just overwhelming. We’re moving to a new location next year, so this will help us get a space that’s inviting and welcoming to allow families to come in and feel at ease.”

This is the second win for the team of Mike Gustafson and Glen Weyenberg, who have played all seven years of the event. Gustafson, CPA, Principal of SVA Certified Public Accountants S.C., says a firm partner is on the board of the Canopy Center and they chose the charity because they hoped the prize money would make a big difference.

“It was important for us to play for a smaller charity to give them a boost, where the winnings would mean so much more to their budget and mission,” says Glen Weyenberg, CPA, Principal at SVA. “We’re thankful that First Business Bank puts this event on. We really appreciate what they’re doing for the community.”

The First Business Invitational started in 2011, and has raised nearly $300,000 for local charities.


For more information about the First Business Invitational, go to https://firstbusiness.com/events/first-business-invitational-2017/ .


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