Make-A-Wish® 2016 Campaign Kickoff


We are excited to announce the kick-off for our 2016 Make-A-Wish campaign at Great Western Bank. Make-A-Wish® grants the wish of a child diagnosed with a life-threatening medical condition in the United States and its territories. Last year Great Western Bank was able to grant one wish with our fundraising efforts. Our 2016 goal is raise enough funds to sponsor two wishes for children in the Sioux Empire Area.

Milbank Cancer Walk


The Milbank Great Western Bank cancer walk team participated in the 2016 It Only Takes A Spark Annual Cancer Walk.Great Western Bank rocked this year by winning 3 awards. These included the most creative campsite award using "Frozen" as their theme, the top Corporate fundraising team with $14,800 donated and the Community Purple award for best decorated boot (Give Cancer the Boot Penny War). The community raised a total of $103,000 to assist Cancer patients in the surrounding area.

Great Western Bank makes donation pledge to Clarke County Hospital capital campaign


“I appreciate Great Western Bank for supporting our capital campaign and making such a gift possible. We continue to reach out to local companies and individuals asking for their support of our project and are very grateful for the backing of our community,” said Brian Evans, chief executive officer of Clarke County Hospital. Full story: Source: Osceola Sentinel Tribune, 6.28.2016

Ken Karels-Federal Advisory Council


When Federal Reserve Chair Janet Yellen speaks, Wall Street listens. And now, when a Sioux Falls banking leader speaks, Yellen will listen.Great Western Bank CEO Ken Karels is a recently appointed member of the Federal Advisory Council, a group that has existed since the Federal Reserve was formed more than a century ago… Full Story: Source: Jodi Schwan, Sioux Falls Business Journal 

Hastings Donation to The Bridge


On February 22, Great Western Bank in Hastings presented to The Bridge in Hastings, NE with funds contributed by Great Western Bank employees during the month of February. The Bridge is 1 of 12 agencies selected to receive funds contributed by local Great Western Bank employees in 2016.

Great Western Bank Sponsors Volunteer Sioux Falls Event


Great Western Bank is proud to sponsor Volunteer Sioux Falls in 2016. The project has grown from a single day of service to three service events annually. The first event, National 211 Day, was held on February 11th at a local non-profit, The Helpline Center. Several hundred volunteers worked on various projects such as making handmade Valentine’s Day cards for veterans, hygiene kits for domestic abuse survivors, and appreciation luncheon centerpieces. The Helpline Center serves thousands of people every year by connecting individuals to resources and support, providing child care referrals, providing volunteers to local agencies and offering suicide and crisis support though a 24/7 phone bank. As a sponsor of Volunteer Sioux Falls, Great Western Bank will also take part in National Volunteer Week in April and the Volunteer EXPO in September.

Hastings ASAAP Donation


On January 20, 2016, Great Western Bank in Hastings, NE presented the Area Substance Abuse and Prevention with funds contributed by Great Western Bank employees during the month of January. ASAAP is one of 12 agencies that will receive funds contributed by local Great Western Bank employees in 2016.

Milbank Post Prom Fundraiser


The Milbank, SD Staff hosted a fundraiser on January 11 at the Milbank High School double header boys and girls basketball game against Ortonville, MN. All proceeds were donated to Post Prom.

Sioux Falls Volunteers for Children's Inn Gift Wrap Booth


On Saturday, December 19, a group of GWB employees from the Sioux Falls market volunteered at the Empire Mall gift wrapping booth to support the Children's Inn of Sioux Falls. The Children's Inn provides free services for women, children, and men who are victims of family violence, elder abuse, child abuse, and neglect.

Great Western Bank is named among 10 Best National Banks of 2016


GoBankingRates has released its fourth annual Best Banks of 2016 and Great Western Bank is honored to be listed among the top 10 national banks.  This is the first year Great Western Bank has made the GoBankingRates Best Banks list. In identifying the 10 best banks in America, GoBankingRates looked at the 90 largest, national brick-and-mortar banks by asset size, according to the FDIC.The banks were evaluated on the following criteria: Yields, fees or other terms on checking, savings and one-year certificate of deposit accounts Products offered, including auto loans, mortgages, credit cards, investment services and insurance services Accessibility, including branch locations and customer service BauerFinancial Star Rating indicating overall financial strength Great Western Bank made the top 10 list with other easily recognizable banks such as Wells Fargo, U.S. Bank, Citibank and Bank of America. Click on the title of this article and then click here to read the full report.

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