Firstbank's very own camel, Firstbank Fiona, won two separate awards at the Merrill Farm Fest. Decorated by our Merrill Assistant Branch Manager, Julie Goss, Fiona won the Best Dressed award!
In addition to being the best dressed, Fiona was chosen as the overall champion in the camel races. In order to win the came race, Fiona was the most bet on camel and raised the most money out of all of the camels. Way to go, Fiona!
Visit Fiona at the Merrill Branch, located at
125 West Saginaw Street
Merrill, MI 48637
Firstbank-Cadillac was a sponsor of “The American Veterans Traveling Tribute” which included an 80% replica of the Vietnam Memorial Wall. The Wall passed the downtown office on Wednesday, August 3rd escorted by an estimated 400-600 motorcycles on the way to the Cadillac City Park. There were displays in honor of those who have given their lives in the defense of freedom from all major conflicts, as well as a tribute to those who died on 9/11.
Local residents admiring The Wall.
Firstbank was a sponsor of the Ionia Free Fair again this year. We also took part in the parade, and had the senior scholars from Ionia High School ride on our float!
Ionia High School Senior Scholars on the Firstbank Float.
Remus Heritage Days was held in Remus on the weekend of July 15 and 16.
Some of the Remus employees with Fortune Freddy
(left to right) Mo Simon, Amy Noggle, Brandy Skinner, Char Snider, and Joyce Kain
The group that walked or rode in the parade with Fortune Freddy.
On July 20th, 2011 Firstbank and Eagle Village teamed up to help distribute food to low income families. Local volunteers help distribute healthy food twice a month. The theme for the day was “Have a peach of a day”. The Eagle Village students and staff gave out peaches to every person in attendance and made posters on the importance of having fruit in your diet to stay healthy. Firstbank sponsored all the T-shirts for Eagle Village and Firstbank employees were also volunteers.
Thanks to Godfrey Chevrolet for sponsoring the truck of food, as well as the YMCA for putting on the challenge!
On July 26th, 2011 Chippewa Hills High School hosted the Rocket Football sign ups. The event draws in a great crowd and the Firstbank team helped support this great event by serving refreshments including hot dogs, chips, juice and water. They received many thanks from the participants and they had a great time doing it!
The 2011 Ionia County Free Fair
Firstbank is a proud sponsor of the Ionia Free Fair which is held July 21st through the 30th. The fair which began in 1915 is a 10 day event which features a parade and many exhibits including animals, arts, and crafts, games, a midway full of rides and of course some great entertainment. Come and join us and be a part of Michigan's largest fair!
The Kelly Miller Circus is coming to Howard City!
August 26th the Kelly Miller Circus will be in town for two exciting shows; 4:30pm and 7:30pm. In preperation for the big event Carlie and Charlie the Clowns are going to be visiting Firstbank on August 11th from 12:30pm to 1:30pm. Bring your children into our branch for free photographs with two fun-loving clowns! Also enjoy some fresh popped popcorn while you visit.
We look forward to seeing you!
Howard City Branch 830 West Shaw Street Howard City, MI 49329
We are pleased to offer another branch to serve the Cadillac and surrounding community!
Our new branch, which opened on June 1st, is proud to assist you with your financial needs.
Visit us at our Cadillac North Branch, located at:
8851 E. 34 Road
Cadillac, MI 49601
Pictured above: Deb Ballard, Branch Manager & Loan Officer of Cadillac North; Pete Stalker, Community Bank President; and Doug Ouellette, President & CEO of Firstbank–Mt. Pleasant at the Grand Opening on June 24th.
If you’re feeling lucky, race a ducky!
Join us for the 21st Annual Greatest Kazoo Duck Race! This event raises money for Hospice Care of Southwest Michigan’s grief and loss program for children, called Journeys. Thousands of little plastic duckies will race down the Arcadia Creek during the Taste of Kalamazoo.
Saturday, July 23
Arcadia Creek near the Kalamazoo Museum
*You do not have to be present to win!
The first 25 ducks to cross the finish line will win fabulous prizes. We would like to thank all of our vendors for their generous donations!
Grand Prize: A two-night stay at the Kalamazoo Bed & Breakfast
2nd Place: Kalamazoo Family Fun Package
3rd Place: Sony Play Station 3
Along with 22 other various prizes!
Tickets are only $5 each with all proceeds going towards Journeys, and are available at all seven Keystone Community Bank locations.
Employees from the Portage Branch dressed to support the Duck Race