FNB is Tickled Pink in October!
Bank raises over $4,000 for Breast Cancer Research
Every year the employees of FirstNationalBank of Talladega have a "TickledPink Month" during which they raise money to help fight breast cancer. This year the employees produced and sold a cookbook to raise money and raised $4,150. The employees of FNB presented the check to the Breast Cancer Research Foundation of Alabama. In the photo, from the left, are cookbook chairwoman Holly Shannon, Jennifer Galbreath of BCF, FNB employee and 2009 Tickled Pink honoree Faye Braswell, TickledPink chairwoman Susan Arnold and Carol Myers of BCF.
November 6, 2009 - There are many fundraisers that the employees of FNB enjoy working with each year, but some touch our lives more than others. The annual Tickled Pink fundraiser held in October is one of them, due to the fact that several members of the FNB family have been directly affected by Breast Cancer. Years past have featured raffles, candy sales and many other fund raising ideas, but the committee hit a real home run this year with the idea of a cookbook featuring recipes submitted by employees and customers.
The cookbook, titled "From Our Table To Yours", was born out of conversations between Holly Shannon and Tickled Pink fundraiser Coordinator Susan Arnold. The 80 plus page cookbook was professionally printed and bound in an easy to use format that is sure to help any aspiring chef become an expert. From Appetizers to Soups to Main Dishes and Desserts, the book can help you plan many meals to satisfy a variety of appetites. The second publishing run is now available, but is going fast as the copies are snapped up as holiday gifts.
On November 6th, representatives from the Breast Cancer Research Foundation of Alabama walked into the Talladega office and were greeted by a giant check for over $4,000. This money was raised by the sale of the cookbook as well as donations from FNB employees and customers throughout the month of October. This number more than surpassed this year's goal, and the Tickled Pink committee is already making plans for next year.
The committee is very proud of it's decision to work with the Breast Cancer Research Foundation of Alabama. The money raised by the foundation is used as seed money for doctors to begin research new ways to cure and prevent cancer. This seed money is then used to earn grants for further research, which has led to millions of dollars in grant money for doctors to continue their research. Without fundraisers like FNB's, the money would not be available to start this research and keep things moving forward.
A limited number of cookbooks remain available at FNB branches for $10 each. All profits from the sale of the cookbooks and any additional monies donated will go towards the 2010 Tickled Pink fundraiser.
Congressman Rogers learns about Cash for the Classroom at FNB
2009-08-10 -- On Tuesday, August 10th, Congressman Mike Rogers took a few minutes from his busy schedule to visit with employees and customers at The First National Bank of Talladega. During the summer break, Congressman Rogers is touring the 3rd District in Alabama to hear from citizens about what is important to them. FNB was proud to discuss the new Cash for the Classroom project, designed to get money back into the classroom for special projects. Congressman Rogers even made a donation to this month's "School of the Month". He was very pleased to hear about the Cash for the Classroom project started at FNB, and was very encouraged to hear that FNB has 100% participation from it's employees.
"Education is the key to our children's future and I am pleased to see our local business community continue to take an active interest in area schools." said Congressman Rogers, "Initiatives like this are invaluable to the community."
After chatting with employees and customers, the Congressman also took a minute to have his picture made with some of the employees. Included in the picture were FNB employees Chad Jones, Keri Lynn McDonald, Helen Sims, Congressman Rogers, Tammy Cosby, Penny Hudson and Chip Moore. The FNB Family would like to say "thank you" to Congressman Rogers for visiting the bank and showing his support for Cash for the Classroom.
FNB Employees Donate to Salter Elementary Outdoor Classroom by Going Casual
2009-08-05 -- By the end of this year, teachers at C.L. Salter Elementary School in Talladega hope to have a classroom without a roof over their head. The teachers, working with donations from area residents and businesses, are building an outdoor classroom to be used as an additional tool for teaching at the elementary school. The project will allow students to get a closer look at nature with birdhouses, a variety of plants, several types of gardens and eventually a pond with fish. The school is also teaming up with the Alabama Wildlife Federation and the Talladega County Extension Office to learn more about incorporating the project into their grounds and curriculum. Along with the donations, the teachers are investing a lot of sweat equity in the project and welcome volunteers from the community to help out.
"Our Outdoor Classroom has been working for the past year to raise money for our projects. We have a bird sanctuary with bird houses, bird baths, and bird feeders. Plans are under way to build a pond this fall" said Jenny Griffin, Salter Elementary School Principal. "We also plan to add raised beds for a flower garden, vegetable garden, and storybook garden. The students are very excited about these projects. The teachers plan to incorporate these learning experiences into their lessons. We want to thank First National Bank and the community for their donations and support."
To help get the project off the ground, the employees at The First National Bank had a "Blue Jean Fridays" where each employee donated at least one dollar to have a casual day. The sight of bankers in blue jeans has become quite common, especially on Friday's, as FNB employees dress down two to three time a month to support a variety of causes throughout the year. After an initial donation earlier in the summer, employees decided to raise a little more for the school and held two more casual days in July.
In the picture, Chip Moore (right) from the First National Bank presents the check to Christie Bentley who is heading up the Outdoor Classroom project at Salter Elementary School. For more information about the project, visit the schools website or call the office at 256-315-5822.