EDWARDSVILLE, IL, April 9, 2013 – Steve Cooper, Vice President Commercial Lending at First Clover Leaf Bank has taken not one for the team but two. He is not only participating in the Annual Shave Your Way to Save Kids Cancer event on April 13, 2013. He is attending the event with his newly dyed hot pink hair.
Steve Cooper decided to go above and beyond and added an extra incentive to his fundraising campaign. Like all the other participants, he set out to raise money for the St. Baldrick’s cause to cure kids’ cancer. He agreed to have his head shaved as an expression of the journey most cancer patients experience. Steve took it a step further and offered to let the leading fundraising organization or individual to choose his hair color for the week prior to the shaving event. This created quite a stir at First Clover Leaf Bank where Steve is employed. The employees rallied together and collected over $2000. As the top fundraising contributor to his campaign, the First Clover Leaf Bank employees got to vote on Steve’s hair color for the week. The winning color was hot pink. On Friday, April 5, Steve put on his brave face and had his hair dyed. See attached photos.
This fundraising experience has been a journey and Steve shared his thoughts about why he decided to take this passionate approach. Steve stated, “I look at the St. Baldrick’s website and instantly realized how lucky I am to have two healthy children. I just pray that my kids never have to experience a childhood cancer. I felt I could give back by shaving my head. I decided to raise as much money as possible and make the journey fun by adding in the hair color challenge. It was a success. My fundraising campaign is over $7000 so far. There have been so many generous donors, we have a great community!”
Steve will join the ranks with many other selfless individuals on Saturday, April 13th at the Edwardsville Fire Station and have his hot pink head shaved. He is still collecting money and would welcome your support for this great organization. If you would like to donate, please visit the St. Baldrick’s website at stbaldricks.org or visit The Barber Shop or any First Clover Leaf Bank location.
About First Clover Leaf Bank
First Clover Leaf Bank is a wholly owned subsidiary of First Clover Leaf Financial Corporation (NASDAQ: FCLF). First Clover Leaf Bank is headquartered in Edwardsville, Illinois, and devotes special attention to personal service and offers a full line of retail and commercial products. First Clover Leaf Bank is a strong advocate for community banking. Through a long term growth and expansion plan, First Clover Leaf Bank will continue to serve the Madison County Market and surrounding Metro East Communities.
Further information about the company is available at: http://www.firstcloverleafbank.com