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Everyday Heroes 2019: Steve Finzel

Steve Finzel poses for a portrait for the Everyday Heroes section and event at the Northwest Herald on Tuesday, Jan. 22, 2019 in Crystal Lake.
Steve Finzel poses for a portrait for the Everyday Heroes section and event at the Northwest Herald on Tuesday, Jan. 22, 2019 in Crystal Lake.

Sixty-three-year-old Steve Finzel does not consider himself a superhero, or even a regular hero for that matter, but that doesn’t mean you won’t catch him in his Hulk costume for a good cause.

The president and CEO of Golden Eagle Community Bank will don the costume for events such as the Family Health Partnership’s Care 4 Breast Cancer 5k Run/Walk where he cheered runners and walkers on to the finish line. “The Hulk” was also auctioned off at the Adult & Child Therapy Service’s Tee to Tea Women’s Golf Outing. In costume or not, Finzel has an affinity for supporting local human service agencies.

“Many years ago, I was introduced to Family Alliance through a previous executive director,” Finzel said. “My father was diagnosed with severe advanced Alzheimer’s; we went to Family Alliance for a program to help with his engagement. I took a liking to the human service agencies, and I was invited to be on the board for Family Alliance years ago, and it just captured me.”

Finzel is involved with Woodstock Rotary Club’s Christmas Clearing House, is a board chairman for Independence Health and Therapy Services, formerly Family Alliance, as well as a United Way board member, campaign chairman and past treasurer.

Independence Health and Therapy Executive Director John Buckley credits Finzel as part of the foundation that makes a community.

“He’s passionate. He’s smart. He’s patient. He’s observant. He engages. He’s creative,” Buckley said. “For United Way, he’s dressed up as the Hulk and brought that energy to our events. He’s a good guy. That’s what makes community. Without folks like Steve and these everyday heroes, you don’t have community. You have residents or employees, but people like him make the place where you live a community.”

Finzel lives in Woodstock with his wife of 35 years, Annamaria, and said he is incredibly shocked and humbled by the award.

“My involvement in the community is really just to participate in assisting all the hundreds of other volunteers in our community in an effort to help those in need,” Finzel said. “A lot of people should be recognized for this. There are a lot of people that do a lot of great things in the county.”

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