John Baur, Community Bank President, Relationship Manager with Associated (right) presents Scott Berg, President of Marshfield Youth Hockey Association (left) with check to Marshfield Youth Hockey Association's "Learn to Skate" program. 

Associated Bank recently acknowledged the efforts of its top 20 volunteers, with a $1,000 grant to the non-profit organization of their choice.

Over the course of four months, these Associated colleagues combined to provide more than 3,000 hours of service to non-profit organizations across Associated's three-state footprint. This select group of colleagues were recognized for accumulating the most volunteer hours among their peers.

John Baur, Community Bank President, Relationship Manager with Associated, was among the 20 volunteers. He spent more than 240 volunteer hours with the Marshfield Youth Hockey Association and another 75 hours with the Marshfield Youth Baseball Leagues. Baur has been the Director of Hockey Officials and a referee for Marshfield Youth Hockey Association since 2000 and a youth hockey coach since 2005. Additionally, Baur serves on the Marshfield Youth Hockey Association Finance Committee.

"I've been involved in hockey since I was six years old and have stayed involved in coaching and/or refereeing in both Wisconsin and Minnesota since," said Baur. "My deep roots with hockey is why being involved with the Marshfield Youth Hockey Association is so important to me. I enjoy coaching the players not only to teach them good hockey skills and techniques, but also to be good kids on and off the ice by demonstrating sportsmanship and making smart decisions."

Baur will donate his $1,000 grant to the Marshfield Youth Hockey Association's "Learn to Skate" program. The program teaches kids ages four to eight the basics of hockey. The program has been in existence for more than four years and has dramatically increased youth participation for the hockey association.

Marshfield Youth Hockey Association provides a structured hockey environment for youth ages four to eighteen years old. The organization has five organized age levels in the youth program that participates in local games and state tournaments throughout the year. They also support the Marshfield High School boys and girls hockey teams and the local figure skating club, Silver Laces.

Other colleagues from throughout Associated have volunteered with several organizations including: Ronald McDonald House and Hamilton Educational Foundation, the Special Olympics, Mit Liebe German Shepherd Dog Rescue, Junior Achievement and Habitat for Humanity.

"Each of our top 20 volunteers have demonstrated incredible passion and dedication for charitable causes through countless hours of service that benefit individuals throughout our communities," said Andrew Ruehl, Vice President, Corporate Social Responsibility Manager. "We are proud to honor each of these colleagues for their tremendous work and thank them for their efforts that ultimately help strengthen our communities. Their enthusiasm for community service is truly an inspiration to all of our colleagues here at Associated."

Associated is committed to giving back to its communities. Hundreds of Associated colleagues live that commitment in their communities throughout the year as volunteers — serving as donors, organizers, leaders, inspirers, and doers.