More than $31,000 raised for tornado relief fund

BELVIDERE—Earlier this spring, Belvidere Bank, along with the Belvidere Community Unit School District No. 100, announced plans to provide support to the tornado victims in Enterprise, Ala.

R. Robert Funderburg Jr., chairman of Belvidere Bank, kicked off the fund-raising campaign with a donation of $10,000 from Belvidere Bank. During the last few months, students, faculty and administrators of the Belvidere School District, community members and local companies have donated to the Enterprise High School Tornado Relief Fund, bringing the total contributions to $31,068.

Last month, Belvidere Bank, on behalf of the Enterprise High School Tornado Relief Fund-raising campaign, sent a check in the amount of $31,068 to the Enterprise Area Chamber Foundation, the organization that will administer the money to the relief efforts of Enterprise High School.

Although nearly 40 years apart, the effects of the natural disaster that destroyed Enterprise, Ala., and its high school on March 1 hit close to home in Belvidere, and local support efforts were quickly organized to send financial support to Enterprise and its high school.

“We feel that Belvidere has the opportunity to offer help in ways that were not possible 40 years ago,” said Funderburg. “As a community, that has turned tragedy into triumph, Belvidere is an example to Enterprise of a community that can rebuild both its infrastructure and spirit.”

Speaking on behalf of Enterprise High School, the City of Enterprise, and the Enterprise Area Chamber Foundation, Phil Thomas, president of Enterprise Chamber of Commerce, Inc., sent Belvidere Bank a note with the following message: “Please allow me to respond for Enterprise High School, the City of Enterprise and The Enterprise Area Chamber Foundation. Words cannot adequately express our profound gratitude for your gift. As a lifelong resident of Enterprise, I have a special bond to Enterprise High, as does virtually every citizen of this town. Your generosity will help us recover and rebuild the school that is at the heart of our community.

“It is especially touching to know that a city many miles away is connected in spirit, even if by tragedy. Your community has not forgotten the pain of a devastating event. Yet, even after many years, you have the compassion and caring to reach out to others. It is a wonderful testament to Belvidere Bank, the Belvidere School District, and your community. Please express our deep and sincere thanks for your caring and concern to all those involved in your gift.

“Your monetary gift will help us to rebuild our school. Your emotional gift will help us rebuild our spirits and will inspire us to follow your example. Thank you for never forgetting the needs of others.”

Belvidere National Bank and Trust is a locally-owned financial institution with five locations in Belvidere and Kirkland, Ill. Belvidere Bank offers a variety of financial products and services for consumers, small businesses, agricultural businesses and commercial companies and provides investment and financial services through The Trust and Investment Group. Belvidere Bank customers may also conduct transactions at any of the eight Alpine Bank locations in Rockford, Cherry Valley, Machesney Park, and Loves Park, Ill.

from the Aug 1-7, 2007, issue

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