Bank weighs in for brothers

2014-01-20T00:00:00Z 2014-01-21T16:53:09Z Bank weighs in for brothersTimes Staff nwitimes.com
January 20, 2014 12:00 am  • 

SCHERERVILLE | Mike Schrage, Centier Bank president and chief executive officer, and Carol Highsmith, bank senior partner, recently donated, on the bank’s behalf, a weight scale for clients using wheelchair at the Rehabilitation Institute of Chicago unit at Franciscan Omni Health & Fitness Schererville.

The gift was made in the names of brothers and patients Justin and Alexander Simmons, both of Griffith. Alexander also volunteers at Omni.

The scale is accessible for public use, without an appointment, from 7 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday.

Tony Englert, Franciscan Alliance Foundation regional executive director, praised the bank for the donation and presented Schrage and Highsmith with a plaque. “The scale will make life easier for Alexander and Justin and many others, as we offer it to the community for use, as well. I am pleased and grateful to express appreciation to Centier, on behalf of the Sisters of St. Francis of Perpetual Adoration and Franciscan St. Margaret Health (Omni owner), which has a wonderful partnership with the RIC.”

Schrage said the family-owned banking conglomerate “loves to reach out and help those in need.” Marie Simmons, mother of Alexander and Justin, said the scale will mean an end to trips to Indianapolis to have her sons weighed. “This is a huge and welcome help for us and we are very grateful,” she said.

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