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Chelsea State Bank Donates $50,000 Match for TimberTown Reimagine

Courtesy photo. From left Parks & Recreation Commissioner Samuel Angus, Chelsea State Bank’s President & CEO Joanne Rau, Chelsea Mayor Jane Pacheco and City Manager Marty Colburn.

(Chelsea Update would like to thank Joanne Rau for the information in this story.)

Chelsea State Bank’s President & CEO Joanne Rau recently presented the City of Chelsea’s Mayor Jane Pacheco, City Manager Marty Colburn, and Parks & Recreation Commissioner Samuel Angus with the highly anticipated $50,000 community match donation for the TimberTown Reimagine project.

It seems like just yesterday when conversations started about enhancing the cherished TimberTown Park in the Chelsea community. Chelsea State Bank has a deep connection to the park’s original construction, and Rau was passionate about continuing that legacy.

This led to the announcement that Chelsea State Bank will match $50,000 raised through community donations.

Along with other dedicated volunteers from both public and private sectors, Chelsea State Bank has members on the steering committee and the marketing committee. Their efforts range from engaging in social media campaigns and newspaper features to organizing kick-off events and fundraising initiatives in the two elementary schools.

“When duty calls – you respond by agreeing to roll nearly $3,000 in coins,” said Rau. “Our team stepped up to the challenge and had fun with it. They became interested in the outcome of the student’s fundraising success.”

Since its launch in February 2024, these fundraising activities have gained momentum and expanded. Alongside these volunteers, a fundraising committee has been proactive in securing sponsorships from local businesses for key play structure components.

Rau expressed her amazement at the overwhelming support from local businesses. She highlighted the unique spirit of Chelsea’s local businesses, emphasizing their enthusiasm and eagerness to back this initiative, surpassing all expectations. In addition to receiving support from local businesses, community members embraced the Picket Legacy fundraising campaign.  For $250 – families, individuals, and groups can purchase a fence picket made of long-lasting composite (from recycled materials) and can personalize a picket by engraving the name of their family, family member, group, or organization for years to come engraved and on display at TimberTown for years to come.

“As we celebrate our progress, it’s important to remember that we still have a journey ahead of us – to raise $44,000+ by June 22.  I’m confident that we will reach our goal, so our children’s children will be able to create lasting memories like many have for the past 30 years.”

About Chelsea State Bank

Chelsea State Bank is a full-service financial institution with offices in Chelsea and Dexter. The bank was formed over 125 years ago by local business leaders to provide timely financial solutions to individuals, families, and businesses in the community. This tradition of community service continues today. 

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