Community Spotlight Events

Our Community Spotlight Events give First Bank more opportunities to provide support and community awareness to qualified nonprofit organizations and community groups. Usually hosted at one of our branches, our Community Spotlight Events allow for a unique way to highlight a local organization as well as providing a means for fundraising. Past Community Spotlight Events have included an art auction, an art sales event, a wine tasting and even a calendar unveiling.

September 16, 2011 – Prince of Wales

First Bank hosted a Community Spotlight Event at their branch on Prince of Wales Island this past September. The event raised over $10,000 for the Prince of Wales Cancer Coalition. This local non-profit organization helps provide Prince of Wales residents with financial assistance to offset the high medical cost of treating cancer and cancer related problems. The funds can be used to offset medical bills, medication, treatment, travel and lodging.

May 13, 2011 - Sitka

This spotlight event promoted the awareness of the Sitka Fine Arts Camp Scholarship Fund. The Sitka Fine Arts Camp provides a multi-discipline arts program for Alaska students from kindergarten to twelfth grade. Many of the students are from rural communities that do not have an arts program in their schools. The camp is a nationally recognized performing arts camp that has been in existence for over 30 years. Each summer, over 600 people from all over Alaska attend the camp which teaches visual arts, music, dance, theater, writing, and Alaska Native Arts. The event helped round out the grant to $5,000.

November 19, 2010 - Ketchikan

Community Connections discussed their Early Learning Program to improve understanding and awareness of the program in the community and attendees could purchase original artwork, make donations and purchase the annual calendar. Over $1,500 was raised in the art auction, calendar sales and beverage sales.

May 15, 2010 – Prince of Wales

First Bank awarded four organizations a total of $13,000 at the Prince of Wales Community Spotlight Event. The event also celebrated First Bank's 35th year on Prince of Wales and the completion of their new 3,400 square foot branch, which opened late last year. Four organizations were presented with grants at the event.

- $4,000 grant to Hydaburg Cooperative Association

- $3,000 grant to Craig Child Care

- $3,000 grant to Organized Village of Kasaan Culture Camp

- $3,000 Donation to the Craig International Marathon

August 21, 2009 – Wrangell

Three local entities spoke about their upcoming projects in the Wrangell area. Wrangell Medical Center, Wrangell Senior Center and the Irene Ingle Public Library each gave 15 minute talks at the Nolan Center. Two of the groups had received Community Reinvestment Grants from First Bank earlier in the year.

- $2,000 grant to the Wrangell Senior Center for meal and transportation services

- $2,000 grant to Irene Ingle Public Library for the Summer Reading Program

March 9, 2009 - Ketchikan

Our first Community Spotlight Event was held at the Sunny Point Conference Center. The event featured Ketchikan General Hospital Foundation, Southeast Alaska Independent Living (SAIL) and Tlingit and Haida Regional Housing Authority.

For more information on our Community Spotlight Event Program, please email our Community Development Team.

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