Today, when you walk into Premier Bank in Hastings, you'll be greeted by a staff member who is painted gold from head to toe.
It's a unique fundraiser the bank has been participating in for about 20 years – Costumed for a Cure, a fundraising event coordinated by Twin Cities companies to raise funds for the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society, said Tanya Dolan, the Hastings bank's branch manager.
All 19 Premier Banks are participating, and the Hastings team is going for the gold – quite literally. The staff are all dressed as life-sized trophies. It's their best effort yet, they said, and they're hoping their fellow branches will recognize their costumes as the best.
The costumes were the brain-child of one staff member, Evonne Pollard. They all painted their hair, faces and hand gold, found appropriate attire for various trophy-worthy activities and painted those gold, too. They added gold-painted props and posed on black boxes bearing gold plaques naming their activity.
"It's a lot of fun," Dolan said.
To raise funds for LLS, the branches set up collection boxes at the teller line where customers can donate. Employees have also been donating throughout the month, Dolan said.
The staff will be in costume all day today (Oct. 30).
Premier Bank is located at the corner of Highway 61 and 10th Street in Hastings.