Black Friday shoppers weren’t the only ones out at midnight this past weekend. Associated Bank employees rang bells at the Big Red Kettle in Bay Park Square in Green Bay from midnight to 8 p.m. last Friday to encourage donations on the day of the Associated Bank $10,000 match.

Their bell ringing efforts were successful as the kettles throughout Brown County brought in $14,000 on Friday, ensuring The Salvation Army would receive the full $10,000 Associated Bank match.

The weekend success didn’t stop there. On Saturday, The Salvation Army Advisory Board rang bells at the Big Red Kettle to promote their $7,000 match. The kettles made $11,000 on Saturday, therefore earning a full match for a second consecutive day.

“This has been a great weekend for our red kettles at a time when we really needed it,” said Captain Ken Shiels, County Coordinator for The Salvation Army. Shiels continued “the kettles have been off to a slow start this year because of Thanksgiving falling so late in November, so we’re hoping the successful matches this weekend is just the boost they needed.”

This was the second year of the Associated Bank $10,000 match and the third year of the Brown County Advisory Board match. The Salvation Army is grateful for the support of its Advisory Board, Associated Bank and their employees and for the community members who donated to the kettles to help us achieve these matches.