Award given by Banking New York Magazine and the Independent Bankers Association of New York honors individuals that show an abundance of dedication to community service and charitable giving

Brenda Mikolajczak of Evans Bank was honored as a 2015 Community Banking Hero yesterday afternoon at the annual Banking New York Conference and Community Bank Heroes Awards in Tarrytown, N.Y. The award honors the achievements, commitment and dedication of financial professionals who go above and beyond for their institution and community in the form of goodwill.

Mikolajczak is a Banking Officer and Retail Sales Leader for Evans Bank. She is the founder and co-chair of the Evans Community Commitment Team, a group of employee volunteers that plan and execute fundraising events throughout Western New York. In 2014, the Evans Community Commitment team participated in dozens of events and helped raise nearly $100,000 for local not-for-profit organizations.”

Brenda is a true community banking professional,” said David Nasca, President and CEO of Evans Bank. “She has a passion for giving back and continually shows care to the Western New York community through countless hours of volunteer service. Brenda is an example of what we believe in at Evans. We’re proud of her and the fact that she’s been recognized as a Community Banking Hero.”

Mikolajczak serves on the board of directors for Autism Services, Inc., and is an active volunteer with the Hamburg Central School District’s special education programs. She is also involved in regional theater.

Mikolajczak has served as the Campaign Manager for the Evans United Way giving effort for several years, and a 2012 and 2014 recipient of the Evans President’s Award for outstanding demonstration of the bank’s core values.

More on the Community Banking Heroes Award

Community bankers are often the most philanthropic of their peers in the financial services sector. Dedicated to service and reinvestment in the community, these select few make charitable giving a priority. Despite the burden of financial regulation and competition with “big banks,” these community bankers never lose focus of building goodwill with their neighbors. The independent panel of judges from the Warren Group and the Independent Bankers Association of New York select the very best and honor the most exceptional examples with the Community Bank Heroes Award. The judges have no affiliation to any bank or vendor, to ensure impartiality.

About the Warren Group and “Banking New York” Magazine

The Warren Group collects and compiles data on real estate sales and ownership throughout the Northeastern United States. The organization offers a range of real estate products, information services, and printed and online publications, including “Banking New York.” They produce and organize trade shows and events for a variety of industries, including bankers, mortgage brokers, credit unions and lawyers. “Banking New York” is a quarterly publication distributed to approximately 7,500 readers at 240 banks throughout New York State. Now in its third year of partnership with the Independent Bankers Association of New York (IBANYS), the magazine’s mission is to provide decision-makers at all levels with the facts, research, and analysis. Visit www.thewarrengroup.com and www.bankingny.com for more information.