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American Bank & American State Bank offer Gehlen Catholic Personalized Debit Cards

American Bank & American State Bank are pleased to announce another partnership with Gehlen Catholic Schools.  Both banks recently began offering Debit and ATM cards designed with the Gehlen Crest.  Customers may now show their school pride as they use their Debit/ATM card(s).  The banks will also donate $5 to Gehlen Catholic from the production fee for each card issued.  Both banks have a long-standing partnership supporting our area schools including the School Bank programs at Spalding Catholic and Gehlen Catholic.  Paul Jacobson, President of American Bank, states “The staff of American Bank knows and appreciates the quality education provided by Gehlen Catholic.  Employees are constantly coming up with ways to support our area schools, whether monetarily or with other support.  The school debit card program is another example of an employee idea that allows American Bank and Gehlen customers to support Gehlen Catholic.”  Customers interested in replacing their current Debit and/or ATM card may contact American Bank or American State Bank.

Gehlen Catholic Benefits from Primebank Visa Card

Recently, Primebank President and CEO, Matt Ahlers ('79), along with Customer Service Representative, Kelli (Ruhland, '78) Langle, presented a gift of $3,685.42 to Gehlen Catholic Principals, Lori Nussbaum and Jeff Alesch.

Each year, beginning in 2000, Primebank has donated a percentage of total purchases made using the Gehlen Visa Card to Gehlen Catholic School. In total, Primebank has given more than $37,500 to Gehlen Catholic. The 2012 proceeds represent the third largest annual gift since the inception of the program.

“The faculty, staff, students and administration of Gehlen Catholic thank Primebank for their continued support of our efforts to provide a quality Catholic education to the students of our area through the Gehlen Visa card. Proceeds from the card are used to enhance the programs Gehlen Catholic offers to students, assuring our focus on faith, values, service and academic excellence,” commented Alesch. 

Primebank is pleased to offer the Gehlen Catholic Visa Card program," said Ahlers. "Primebank has a long history of supporting educational opportunities in LeMars and we are proud to provide ongoing support of Gehlen Catholic." Ahlers continued, "I encourage friends of Gehlen Catholic to participate in this program because it provides funding for Gehlen Catholic when cardholders simply make a normal, every-day purchase with their Gehlen Visa Card.

For information regarding the Primebank, Gehlen Catholic Visa Card program contact Primebank, 712-546-4715, or Lisa Niebuhr at Gehlen Catholic at 712-546-4181 ext. 237.

With the Holiday season approaching this year you can give an extra gift while you make your Holiday purchases. Use your Primebank Visa Card this season when you are buying your Christmas gifts and you will be giving a gift to Gehlen Catholic at the same time because, as part of a long standing program, Primebank will donate a percentage of the proceeds from the Gehlen Visa Card purchases to Gehlen Catholic. So, whether at the holidays or year round, you can help Gehlen Catholic families with their tuition assistance needs simply by using the Gehlen Catholic Visa.


What if even a fraction of the $20 billion generated by search engine advertisers and online shopping was directed towards Gehlen Catholic School? 

That is the concept behind a new search engine powered by Yahoo! GoodSearch donates 50% of its revenue, approximately a penny per search, to the charities designated by its users. You use it exactly as you would any other search engine and the pennies add up quickly – just 500 people searching four times a day will earn around $7,300 in a year. It doesn’t cost the users a thing!

Similarly with, consumers are helping their favorite causes by shopping. The shopping experience and the prices are exactly the same as going to the retailer directly, but by going through GoodShop, up to 37% of the purchase price is donated to the user’s favorite cause!

A year ago, Gehlen Catholic registered with the sites, giving its supporters a chance to raise money for the cause every time they search the Internet or shop online. The goal is to earn $10,000 through the site this year which will be used for technology.

More than 60,000 nonprofits and schools are now registered with GoodSearch and GoodShop and more than 100 charities and schools are registering daily. GoodSearch has quickly spread via word-of-mouth and the blogger community. Examples of other organizations listed on the site include: The Cystic Fibrosis Foundation which has earned more than $8,000; The ASPCA which has raised more than $14,000; and The Bubel/Aiken Foundation which supports children with disabilities and has earned more than $8,000.

Using GoodSearch is simple. Because the site is powered by Yahoo, users are assured of high quality results - but each time you search, money is generated by the advertisers for your favorite charity or school. 

“Every penny counts”, says Mrs. Lori Schuch, Gehlen Catholic’s Technology Director. “While doing a search or shopping online why not raise money for our cause? There is absolutely no reason not to use GoodSearch and GoodShop - it's so easy.”

“We know there are a lot of people who want to do good but may not have the time or the money to help out,” said Ken Ramberg, Co-Founder of GoodSearch and former President of MonsterTRAK, the largest online career site for college students (now a division of “GoodSearch and GoodShop make it as easy as possible. We’ve taken something people do every day -- searching the Internet and shopping online -- and have turned it into doing good."


Customers Shop. Amazon Gives.

Amazon gives .5% of the price of elibible AmazonSmile purchases to the charitable organization's AmazonSmile supporters. You can show your support to Gehlen by clicking on the link below.

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