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We’re grateful to these outstanding individuals and amazing organizations. They’ve joined us in making our communities an even better place to be.
Top chef Gavin Kaysen owns three nationally recognized Twin Cities restaurants Spoon and Stable (a 2015 James Beard finalist), Bellecour bistro in Wayzata, and Demi in the North Loop. Mentored by celebrated chefs, Gavin now mentors and showcases up-and-coming chefs through the nonprofit ment’or BKB Foundation (formerly Bocuse d’Or USA Foundation).
Gavin has been honored with 2 James Beard Awards – as Rising Star Chef of the Year in 2008 and Best Chef: Midwest in 2018.
Founder of Soigne Hospitality Group, Gavin lives in Minneapolis with his wife and 2 sons.
Retired Minnesota football player Ben Leber is a college football broadcaster for FOX Sports and a Vikings sideline analyst for KFAN radio in Minneapolis. Ben was drafted by the San Diego Chargers in the 2002 NFL draft. He joined the Minnesota Vikings in 2006. In his 5 seasons with Minnesota, he was part of several top-ranked run defenses and played in the 2009 NFC Championship game. He was selected a player representative all 5 years and given the Korey Stringer Good Guy Award by local media.
One of Ben’s projects as a Bell Bank Champion has been the "Ben Leber Bell Bank Challenge" fundraiser. Ben and Bell teamed to match donations dollar for dollar, helping patients and families at St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital.
Ben has been involved in numerous local charities including St. Jude and the “Taste of NFL” initiative for hunger relief.
Minnesota native and women’s basketball coach Lindsay Whalen is a great role model: an ambassador for her sport and for the state of Minnesota. Lindsay led the U of M women’s basketball team to its first NCAA Final Four appearance and later played for the Minnesota Lynx, winning 4 WBNA championships, 2 world championships and 2 Olympic gold medals. Bell is excited to team up and find opportunities to pay it forward with Lindsay. Connect with her on Twitter @Lindsay_13.
Apple Valley native and NBA point guard Tyus Jones is a great ambassador for the Twin Cities and the entire state of Minnesota, two of Bell Bank’s core markets. A stand-up guy whose values match Bell’s, Tyus is a former NCAA National Champion with Duke University, Team USA gold medalist and first-round NBA draft pick. He’s channeled his passion for mentoring, leading his Team 1 Tyus AAU team and developing the Write Your Own Story inspirational teaching platform for kids.
Bell has teamed with Tyus to sponsor his AAU team and work with him to host children of military families at several NBA games.
Bell Bank has been one of Amy Olson’s major sponsors since she got her LPGA tour card in 2014. A native of Fargo, and North Dakota State University’s most decorated golfer (she holds the NCAA individual victory record with 20), Amy had a breakout season in 2018. She’s among the top 50 earners on the LPGA tour and was right in it at the 2018 Evian Championship, tying for second. Connect with her on Twitter @AmyOlsonGolf or find her on Instagram at #amyolsongolf.
Fargo native Tom Hoge has been a professional golfer since 2011 and joined the PGA tour in 2015. As one of his major sponsors, we’re proud to see him sport Bell Bank’s logo. Among the top 100 players in FedExCup rankings, Tom has career earnings of more than $3.5 million. Connect with him on Twitter @HogeGolf.
Originally from Fargo, The Blenders now proudly call Minneapolis their home. This energetic quartet has entertained U.S. audiences for nearly 30 years with their unique, close-harmonied vocals. Since 2015, Bell Bank has been the proud official sponsor of The Blenders’ annual holiday tour, a Midwest Christmas tradition. Watch their Bell Bank Christmas commercial, and follow The Blenders on Twitter @TheBlendersSing.
Chris Hawkey wears many hats. He’s a rising country music singer and songwriter, with a new record called “The Real Me.” He’s a co-host and producer on KFAN sports radio, and a regular producer and contributor for Minnesota Vikings radio broadcasts. He combines his loves of music, broadcasting and helping others through so much of his work – and that’s why Bell Bank is proud to partner with him as a sponsor.
A fixture at our employee Christmas parties, Chris is also a proud Bell Bank customer. Read more of his story, and find out why he loves Bell.
Fargo native and triathlete Branden Scheel has banked with Bell his whole life. He says that makes Bell’s sponsorship of him even more meaningful. We’re proud to support Branden as he pushes his mental and physical limits in multisport races that test his endurance through swimming, cycling, and running. In addition to setting 5 course records around North Dakota and Minnesota in 2018, Branden also came in sixth in his age group in the International Triathlon Union (ITU) World Championship in Australia. Follow his journey on Instagram @bscheeltri.
As the Official Bank of Minnesota United, Bell Bank connects with fans and helps honor the people who make our community great. At every match, Minnesota United and Bell name L’Etoiles du Nord, the “stars” of community service. Loon fans also vote on the Man of the Match, with Bell Bank making a Pay It Forward donation to the winning player’s charity of choice. Customer-fans can even choose a Loons logo design when personalizing their Bell Bank debit card!
See you in the new stadium! Thanks for an exciting season.
“I can’t believe those are high school kids.” It’s a common comment following any performance of the annual Mainstage Musical, put on by students of Fargo-Moorhead’s Trollwood Performing Arts Center. Bell Bank has proudly supported Trollwood for decades, including being the sole official sponsor of the Mainstage production.
Last year’s production of “Hello, Dolly!” saw Bell team members volunteering to help build sets, and lots of proud Bell parents who volunteered and cheered on their cast-member kids. We can’t wait to see what’s on the mainstage in 2019!
Every year during the Fargo Film Festival, film fans at the historic Fargo Theatre look forward to (of all things) an ad for Bell Bank. Starting years ago with Bell chairman Richard Solberg, and continuing with president and CEO Michael Solberg, Bell’s leaders have had fun working with the theatre to produce self-deprecating, fun spots highlighting our sponsorship of the festival. (Check out last year’s commercial!)
Bell is proud to have been the major sponsor of the Fargo Film Festival from the beginning! If you love movies, mark your calendar for the 2019 festival.
Photo credit: Dan Francis