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FNBT Raises Money for United Way

Release date: 1/13/2022

Beloit, WI – The holidays were made just a little brighter for United Way Blackhawk Region this holiday season. First National Bank and Trust (FNBT) raised $520 for the nonprofit organization as part of the annual Holidazzle event in downtown Beloit.

FNBT presents check to United Way“For the past several years, we’ve hosted artists and craftspeople at our downtown branch during the Holidazzle event,” said Theresa Wendhausen, Branding and Communications Manager for FNBT. “This year, we selected United Way Blackhawk Region as our featured nonprofit partner as a way to showcase the services provided for our community family.”

For a donation of $1, patrons visiting the bank during the event could enjoy a beverage and snacks as they shopped for crafts and jewelry on display. The proceeds were donated to the United Way to support their mission of meeting the critical needs of our community and those who need it most.

Mary Fanning-Penny, United Way Blackhawk Region CEO, attended the Holidazzle event to raise awareness of the need within our community and the services that United Way provides. “United Way is grateful to our partners at First National Bank and Trust and the attendees of the Holidazzle event, for their generous support,” said Fanning-Penny. “The holiday season was made even more joyous as we were able to see neighbors come together, united in both celebration and commitment to community.” 

Shown in photo (from left to right): Toni Hinds, FNBT Branch Manager; Tessa Disch, United Way’s Resource Development Director; Geoff Rand, FNBT Retail Market Manager.

About United Way:
United Way fights for the health, education, and financial stability of every person in every community. We win by Living United, by forging unlikely partnerships and by finding new solutions to old problems; by mobilizing the best resources; and inspiring individuals to join the fight against a common foe, each community’s most daunting social crises. United Way Blackhawk Region Lives United against poverty, family violence, food insecurity and homelessness to name a few, by providing community grants and resources to more than 35 human services programs at 20 nonprofit agencies in Rock County, Wis. and northern Winnebago County, Ill. More information is available at

About First National Bank and Trust:
First National Bank and Trust Company is a family-focused, community bank headquartered in Beloit, Wisconsin. Chartered in 1882, First National Bank and Trust has grown to be a leading financial services institution offering products and services for consumers and businesses, as well as trust, retirement services, investment management, brokerage and insurance. We now serve nearly 30,000 households in 13 communities and 16 locations in Southern Wisconsin and Northern Illinois with assets of approximately $1.2 billion. We treat our customers, employees, shareholders and communities like family, with a goal of helping all our families succeed. Providing Sound Advice and delivering an exceptional experience has positioned First National Bank and Trust as a Stateline leader in the industry. For additional information, visit

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