13th Annual Communities First
National Community Bank Service Awards

2014 Grand National Award Winner
First Columbia Bank & Trust Co.
Bloomsburg, Pennsylvania.

As the Grand National award recipient, First Columbia Bank & Trust Co. is recognized for its creative Teen Star Service program, which helps support young musicians while raising money for local school music programs. Teen Star gives musicians in grades 9 through 12 a venue to publicly perform and showcase their talents in a supportive setting. The American Idol inspired competition is open to students who live or go to school in Columbia County. Since the program’s inception in 2011, First Columbia has given away $20,000 in prize money to contest winners, and raised an additional $20,000 in ticket proceeds and donations that has gone directly to local high school music departments. The schools have used that money to purchase items such as sound equipment, new instruments and sheet music. Learn more.

2014 National Award Winner
1st United Bank
Fairbault, Minnesota.

1st United Bank was named a National Award recipient in recognition of its Ride for Hospice, an initiative it has championed since 2008 that helps raise resources for Faribault Area Hospice. In 2013, 120 riders participated in the event, divided among motorcyclists and classic car drivers. The 2013 event raised nearly $42,000 for the Faribault Area Hospice, which in turn was used to help fund massage and music therapy services for hospice clients. The money raised during last year’s event by the Ride for Hospice paid for 355 massages and 219 music therapy sessions. Learn more.

2014 National Award Winner
Bank of American Fork
American Fork, Utah.

Bank of American Fork was named a National Award recipient in recognition of its Project Teddy Bear initiative. For the past 15 years, Bank of American Fork has coordinated the program, which invites bank employees and members of the community to collect teddy bear donations and other stuffed animals for at-risk, abused or neglected children in the community. In 2013, 20,480 stuffed animals were donated to crisis shelters and child and family service agencies in five different areas.Learn more.

For more information about these outstanding volunteer efforts check out the September 2014 issue of the nationally recognized community banking magazine ICBA Independent Banker®. View digital edition online here.


The National Community Bank Service Awards program acknowledges the valuable role community banks play in sustaining communities across the nation, and nationally recognizes community banks for their outstanding volunteer efforts.