Highland Park Bank & Trust Signs on as Highland Park Community Foundation Corporate Champion

The Highland Park Community Foundation (HPCF) welcomes Highland Park Bank & Trust to its Corporate Champion Program.

The HPCF's Corporate Champion Program is an exceptional opportunity for all businesses to become philanthropic partners in helping to address the needs of the Highland Park/Highwood community and expand opportunities for all residents.

Highland Park Bank &Trust has pledged a 5-year financial commitment to support the Foundation's work. This newest member of the Corporate Champion program joins the Foundation in its efforts to enhance the quality of life for all Highland Park and Highwood residents.

"We are delighted that Highland Park Bank & Trust has joined us as a Corporate Champion. Their multi-year support will provide us with reliable resources to address unmet needs in our community and enrich the lives of all residents," said Betsy Brint, Vice Chairman, Highland Park Community Foundation.

"Highland Park Bank & Trust, like all Wintrust Community Banks, is deeply committed to supporting those organizations that are positively impacting the communities that we serve. Organizations like the Highland Park Community Foundation are integral to our lives and each one is a square within the formation of the quilt that we call healthy and vibrant communities. We are proud to be an HPCF Corporate Champion and to put our dollars and our time commitments back into the communities of Highland Park and Highwood that have trusted their faith in us over the years. The impact that HPCF has via its funding of over 50 nonprofits and, especially this past year during so many rounds of COVID-relief funding, is extraordinary. We are so pleased to partner with such an amazing organization,"said Jon Levey, President, Highland Park Bank & Trust.

For over a year now, the HPCF has been addressing urgent needs of residents stemming from the coronavirus. Unfortunately, COVID-19 us still with us and residents are still suffering. The Foundation's Corporate Champion Program provides businesses with a wonderful opportunity to help the most vulnerable members of the Highland Park/Highwood community with needs related to COVID as well as unrelated ongoing needs.

Since its founding in 1992, the HPCF has distributed nearly $3,000,000 in annual grants to address needs that fall into five main funding categories: education, human services, senior services, services for individuals with disabilities, and the creative and cultural arts. In March of 2020, HPCF launched its COVID-19 Emergency Response Appeal and has distributed $170,000, so far, in emergency grants to address urgent needs due to the pandemic.

"The HPCF is grateful to Highland Park Bank & Trust and all of the Corporate Champions who have committed funds to address the needs of Highland Park and Highwood residents," said Jamie Strait Muller, HPCF Development Committee Co-Chair. "With their support, we will be able to continue to provide financial resources that will expand opportunities for everyone in Highland Park and Highwood."

For more information or to become a Corporate Champion, contact HPCF Executive Director, Terri Olian, or (847) 433-4100.

To learn more about the Highland Park Community Foundation and its work, please visit:

About Highland Park Community Foundation: The Highland Park Community Foundation was established in 1992 at the request of the City of Highland Park to build and maintain a permanent endowment fund. As the philanthropic heart of the community, the HPCF improves and enriches people's lives with annual grants to nonprofits that provide educational, social service, and cultural programs for Highland Park and Highwood residents. The Foundation's avowed purposes are to expand opportunities and address the unmet needs of the community - needs that are not met by governmental or other sources.

The Highland Park Community Foundation maintains GuideStar's 2020 Platinum Seal of Transparency, GuideStar's highest level of recognition in the nonprofit, and has received a 100 out of 100 rating from Charity Navigator through their Encompass Rating System.

About Highland Park Bank & Trust: Highland Park Bank & Trust is one of the Wintrust Community Bank's and a division/branch of Lake Forest Bank & Trust Co. N.A. We are a local community bank offering a complete and full range of consumer and commercial lending products and services including retail depository services, mortgage banking, commercial and small business finance and banking, SBA lending, wealth management, international and treasury management services. Like all Wintrust Community Banks, our bankers live and work in the communities that we serve and our client's deposits are leveraged to support local community organizations and businesses.

About Wintrust: Wintrust is a financial holding company with assets of over $45 billion whose common stock is traded on the NASDAQ Global Select Market under the symbol WTFC. Built on the "HAVE IT ALL" model, Wintrust offers sophisticated technology and resources of a large bank while focusing on providing service-based community banking to each and every customer. Wintrust operates fifteen community bank subsidiaries, with over 180 banking locations located in the greater Chicago and southern Wisconsin market areas. Additionally, Wintrust operates various non-bank business units including business units which provide commercial and life insurance premium financing in the United States, a premium finance company operating in Canada, a company providing short-term accounts receivable financing and value-added out-sourced administrative services to the temporary staffing services industry, a business unit engaging primarily in the origination and purchase of residential mortgages for sale into the secondary market throughout the United States, and companies providing wealth management services and qualified intermediary services for tax-deferred exchanges.

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