Winona National Bank is pleased to announce the Minneapolis Regional Chamber of Commerce has named it a 2017 Minnesota Keystone Honored Company. The bank was selected from nearly 200 companies statewide in the Minnesota Keystone Program.
Three award winners are selected each year based on business size — small, medium, and large. WNB, the small business selection, was selected for its generous contributions to the community and outstanding corporate giving program. The medium winner is The Opus Group, while the large honoree is Dorsey and Whitney LLP.
“It’s truly an honor to receive this award, and I congratulate all of the recipients,” Jack Richter, Winona National Bank president and CEO, said. “The recognition is a true testament to our coworkers’ dedication to the communities we serve through their commitment to the bank’s mission and core values.”
All three award recipients will be honored at the 41st Annual Minnesota Keystone Luncheon on Thursday, December 7, at 11:30 a.m. at the Hyatt Regency Minneapolis. The keynote speaker is Tawanna Black, executive director of the Northside Funders Group. Jason DeRusha, Emmy-award winning TV news reporter, magazine restaurant critic, and WCCO-TV anchor, will serve as emcee.
Administered by the Minneapolis Regional Chamber of Commerce, the Minnesota Keystone Program is open to any Minnesota company that gives at least two percent of pre-tax earnings back to the community in any combination of volunteer time, in-kind or cash donations. Since its inception in 1976, the program has worked to recognize companies that enhance the quality of life in Minnesota. Winona National Bank has been a member of the Keystone program for 22 years.
In 2016 alone, 43 WNB employees donated 1,460 hours of service to 78 local organizations. Over $320,000 was gifted to the community in the areas of education and youth programs, fine arts and culture, health and wellness, and community service.