Chelsea State Bank was recently awarded the 2018 Company of the Year for their continuous support and dedication to bringing Ele’s Place to Ann Arbor and Washtenaw County.

“As the local community bank, we firmly believe that healthy communities start with healthy families and businesses,” stated Chelsea State Bank Chief Executive Officer John Mann. “When members of a family are grieving, it’s important that we can step in and support them. Ele’s Place gives us that opportunity. We are proud to accept this award, but more honored to help bring Ele’s Place to our community to help grieving children, teens and their families.”

The mission of Ele’s Place is specifically to provide bereavement and grief support to children and teens. Any child or teen who has experienced the death of someone close to them are served. Ele’s Place provides support to the parent and primary guardian of enrolled children and teens as well.

“Since Ele’s Place came to Ann Arbor John Mann and Chelsea State Bank have been tireless supporters,” said Director of Ele’s Place – Ann Arbor Monica Brancheau.  “Their fervent dedication to Ele’s Place is what has allowed us to have a successful Home for Healing Hearts Campaign!  We are grateful and honored that both John Mann and Chelsea State Bank are incredibly generous to our mission.”


Chelsea State Bank has been a contributing sponsor since inception – 11 straight years. Mann was part of the Founders Committee to bring Ele’s Place to Ann Arbor/Washtenaw County and now is serving on the Capital Campaign Cabinet to bring Ele’s Place a permanent Home for Healing Hearts in Ann Arbor. Chelsea State Bank Vice President and Commercial Lender Jim Wolfington is also active with Ele’s Place and sits on Ele’s Place Ann Arbor Community Board. Chelsea State Bank has pledged $50,000 to the Home for Healing Hearts Campaign.

Construction has begun on Ele’s Place Ann Arbor, Home for Healing Hearts. The total campaign budget is $7,667,500.  To date, $6.0 million has been raised with $1.6 million to go. Currently the Buhr Foundation is matching every dollar up to $75,000.  People can visit to learn more about the Home for Healing Hearts Campaign and also to make a donation to the campaign.

“This is an exciting time to get involved with our Home for Healing Hearts Campaign,” said Brancheau. “Every dollar for dollar is being matched by the Buhr Foundation up to $75,000.  By giving to our campaign you are helping us create an insurance policy for our kids now and for years to come and help us open our doors the Summer of 2019.  Please consider being a champion for grieving children.”

Photo Information:

Capital Campaign Cabinet to bring Ele’s Place a permanent Home for Healing Hearts in Ann Arbor from left: John Mann, Betsy Stover, Jeff Hall, Monica Brancheau, Sean Duval, Mark Ouimet, Sheila Patrias, Woody Stover, Howdy Holmes, Sue Snyder, Diane Kieliszewski, Shelly Jones, Wayne Jones.

Photo credit: Michael Johnson


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