First Business Bank-hosted golf event raises $39K

A charity golf invitational hosted by Madison, Wis.-based First Business Bank on Sept. 20 raised $39,000 for nonprofits in the Madison and Milwaukee areas. 

The South Central Wisconsin Charity Golf Invitational has raised more than $700,000 for nonprofits in the areas of the two cities over the past dozen years. Local business leaders compete in two-person teams on behalf of a local charity of their choice. The $3.2 billion First Business Bank covers all event costs.

John Maasch and Chris Ehlers secured first place, winning $25,000 on behalf of Middleton, Wis.-based food and housing support nonprofit WayForward Resources. 

Three groups tied for second place, including:

  • Bill Julius and Mike Johnson won $4,200 on behalf of Madison-based education, mentoring and employment training Operation Fresh Start.
  • Josh Bindl and Adam Terrell secured $4,200 for Madison-based youth development organization First Tee- South Central Wisconsin.
  • Ken Kurszewski and Greg Jones secured $4,200 on behalf of Brookfield, Wis.-based Cystic Fibrosis Foundation of Wisconsin.  

Jim Ring and Joe Ring took fifth place, winning $1,400 on behalf of Three Gaits, Inc., a Stoughton, Wis.-based nonprofit that provides equine-assisted activities and therapies for people with physical, emotional and/or intellectual challenges.  

“Year after year, the drive to fulfill the missions of these nonprofits is truly remarkable,” said Josh Hoesch, president of First Business Bank’s south central Wisconsin market. “Winning brings a sense of pride, of course, but the real joy comes from the significant, unexpected donations that the event channels to nonprofits.”