Belvidere Bank spearheads support efforts for tornado victims in Alabama

BELVIDERE, Ill.—Belvidere Bank, along with the Belvidere Community Unit School District No. 100, the City of Belvidere, and Boone County at a news conference March 5 announced plans to provide support to the recent tornado victims in Enterprise, Ala.

R. Robert Funderburg Jr., chairman of Belvidere Bank, revealed a two-week fund-raising project to raise financial assistance for Enterprise High School, which was destroyed by a tornado last Thursday, March 1. Other representatives from the community were also on hand lending their support of this fund-raising initiative, including Belvidere School Superintendent Dr. Don Schlomann, Belvidere Mayor Fred Brereton and Boone County Board Chairman Cathy Ward.

Beginning now through Friday, March 16, monetary donations can be made to the Enterprise High School Tornado Relief Fund at any Belvidere Bank. In addition, Alpine Bank, Belvidere Bank’s sister bank with locations in Winnebago County, will also be accepting donations. Once collected, the funds will then be sent to administrators of Enterprise High School.

As the 40th anniversary of the 1967 tornado that destroyed its high school and city approaches, Belvidere knows all too well of the insurmountable devastation a tornado can cause. Although nearly 40 years apart, the effects of the recent natural disaster hit close to home, and local support efforts were quickly organized.

“We feel that Belvidere has the opportunity today to offer help in ways that were not possible 40 years ago,” said Funderburg. “Not only do we hope to provide financial assistance to the students and citizens of Enterprise, Ala., but we also hope to provide an example of a community that turned tragedy into triumph.”

Belvidere Bank plans to work closely with the students of Belvidere High School to aid in the coordination of fund-raising efforts utilizing the Belvidere Bank branch located in the high school as a donation center.

At the news conference, Funderburg asked for the support of the community to help reach a goal of $40,000. He then announced a donation of $10,000 from the Belvidere Bank to kick off the fund-raising efforts. Dr. Schlomann announced that the school district and the students of Belvidere High School will match Belvidere Bank’s $10,000 pledge. Mayor Brereton and Chairman Ward also committed their support to raise additional funds.

For more information and/or to make a donation, contact Belvidere Bank at (815) 544-2400.

From the March 7-13, 2007, issue

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