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ICBA Honors Five Community Banks for Outstanding Community Service

Awards Celebrate April as Community Banking Month

Washington, D.C. (April 2, 2007)—The Independent Community Bankers of America named five community banks to receive top honors for outstanding volunteer service in their communities in the 2007 ICBA National Community Bank Service Awards. ICBA recognizes the National Community Bank Service Award recipients as part of Community Banking Month observed every April.

The 2007 honorees are:

  • Grand National Award: Capital Bank, Ft. Oglethorpe, Ga.
  • National Award: Heritage Bank, Columbia, Tenn.
  • National Award: Columbia Bank, Lake City, Fla.
  • National Award: County Bank, Merced, Calif.
  • National Award: Chestatee State Bank, Dawsonville, Ga.

"The dedication and commitment of community bankers strengthen the communities they serve and demonstrate how community banks nationwide work to make their localities a better place to live and work," said James P. Ghiglieri, Jr., ICBA chairman and president of Alpha Community Bank, Toluca, Ill. "While these five exemplify our nation's community banks, there are many, many more whose programs contribute to their communities by offering personal time, expertise and resources."

Capital Bank has a number of community service programs that span three areas: community, schools and charity. In each of these areas the 69-employee, $165 million-asset bank logged 6,403 hours - the equivalent of 800 eight-hour work days - volunteering in their community. Capital Bank employees became mentors to school aged children, built Habitat for Humanity homes and organized a major women's health event, among other activities. Capital Bank's service programs are supported by a bank culture that encourages hometown community involvement and financial literacy. This is the second time Capital Bank has received ICBA's Grand National Award for community service. The four remaining banks performed unparalleled acts of community service by providing leadership in financial literacy, mentoring and fundraising for charities and more.

ICBA founded the National Community Bank Service Awards as part of April's Community Banking Month to recognize the outstanding volunteer efforts of community banks. Community Banking Month, observed nationwide every April, celebrates community banks and their customers for all they do to keep our nation's communities strong and vital.

Learn more about these banks' unparalleled acts of community service and about Community Banking Month at www.icba.org.