On Thursday October 24 from 4-8 pm the streets of Ionia were alive with the 15th annual Autumn Celebration! This great family event features live music, trick or treating, costume contest, fire truck tours and even a bounce house....but most importantly the Chili Dawg Challenge, where local business take their shot at being voted the best Chili Dog around! All proceeds from this great event benefit the Big Brothers Big Sisters organization. Once again this year, our Firstbank crew was out in full force including everyone’s favorite moose...Fortune Freddy!!
The week of September 30th thru October 4th was Paint the Town Pink for Belding. The B Foundation has organized a community wide campaign to help out our friends and neighbors struggling with cancer. This is the third year of the event and on Friday October 4th the Belding Football team wore pink along with everyone around town including the Firstbank Belding crew.
After the football game on Friday there was also a 5K glow walk / run that our Firstbank staff members, Dan Mitchell, Michele Krick, Crissa Snyder, Jen Ettinger and Sam Ford participated in and finished…all for a great cause!
Firstbank helps to “PACK THE BUS”
Once again this year the team at our Firstbank offices helped Ionia Public Schools in their efforts to collect school supplies for local youth in need. Pictured here our very own Deb Hausserman along with volunteer Sharon Blanchard in front of the collection bus which made its appearance at 3 of our Firstbank offices in Ionia collecting donations. The goal this year was to collect 75 backpacks and school supplies to fill those backpacks and we are happy to announce that we were able to exceed that amount! Thank you to all of you who were generous enough to stop by our location drop offs and contribute. We could not have done it without your support.
Again this year Firstbank is a proud sponsor and supporter of the Ionia Free Fair! Firstbank took home top honors for best Commercial Float in the parade. Pictured below; Firstbank’s Fortune Freddy rode in this fantastic 1928 Ford Roadster, which employee Nell Altobelli rebuilt with her husband and 3 children. Our Firstbank float, pulled by Dan Mitchell, showcased the 2013 Ionia Public Schools Senior Scholars! Firstbank is a dedicated and commited member of the community and we appreciate the opportunity to serve the Ionia area.
July 18-27th mark the dates for the 2013 Ionia Free Fair and once again Firstbank is a proud sponsor of this great fun filled family event. This year’s fair will feature carnival rides, 4-H animal barns, concerts in the grand stands every night as well as Monster Truck throw down on Friday July 19th. We hope you can join us this year some good ol’ fashioned family fun during this action packed week. Come out and bring the family there’s something for everyone!!
Our Firstbank Belding office particpated in the 17th Annual Belding Community Showcase that was held on Tuesday April 30th at the new and improved Belding High School. There was an estimated 2,500 people that attended the event, with a total of about 90 booths to visit throughout the school. Our great team turned out in full force, including: Nate, our Belding Office Manager, Sam, our Belding Assistant Manager, Sue, Brenda, Tracie, Ashlee & Heather (Southside), Bill K. (Lowell), Michele & Dan (Ionia) and even a visit from Fortune Freddie-...also known as Brenda’s daughter Alyx.
Congratulations to the winner of our prize basket giveaway Hayley Arnold! Thanks for stopping by to visit us at the expo and enjoy your prize!!
In Belding we held our 16TH Annual Giving Tree program. The pictures tell the whole story; we were very fortunate and received many gifts for each of the 29 children in the Belding community this year. We were also able to provide a delicious holiday dinner with all the trimmings for each of 13 families. Denny Heffron, from Heffron Farms was generous enough to donate chickens and turkeys for the cause. The other items & cash donations were brought in from the Belding Community, including toothbrushes for the whole family donated by Dr. Matthew Cooper of Belding as well as hand knitted hats for each of the children.
Firstbank is dedicated to the communities that we represent. During the holidays our West Michigan branches showed just that by once again by collecting donations for Toys for Tots. It was a true team effort this year, with our branches serving as a drop off location for toys, food and monetary donations; we were able to collect enough items to adopt 15 families received a Christmas meal which consisted of turkey, vegetables mashed potatoes, stuffing and pie. We were also able to collect 2 gifts for each of the 34 children. We greatly appreciate the generosity of our staff and customers for their help in making this possible and an extra special thank you to McCord’s Farm Market in Ionia for providing the turkey and frozen pies.
Our Ionia Main office as well as our Southside office also held their annual Mitten Tree event which collects hats, mittens, and scarves to donate to the Ionia Public Elementary Schools. One of our customers knitted several pairs of mittens and generously donated them all.
Firstbank West Michigan and Ionia Public Schools’ Transportation Department had great fun with the “Pack the Bus” theme for Firstbank’s annual school supply drive. The extraordinary collection of backpacks and other school essentials donated by Firstbank customers and staff as well as community members was presented to IPS principals for distribution to students and teachers. Pictured are, from left, Rather Principal Darin Magley, Bus Driver Mary Ellen Groom, Jefferson Principal Matt Vogel, Twin Rivers Principal Dayna Ellis, Bus Driver Sharon Blanchard, Firstbank Southside Office Manager Sandy Brands, Firstbank Vice President/Main Office Manager Debrann Hausserman, and Boyce Principal Stacey Bovee.