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First National Bank receives Iowa Bankers Association Community Betterment Award

posted on Thursday, October 1, 2015 in Community

JOHNSTON, Iowa (Sept. 23, 2015) – First National Bank in Creston was recently honored by the Iowa Bankers Association (IBA) as a 2015 Community Betterment Award recipient. The award was presented to Chantel Klejch and Sarah Wilson during the IBA Annual Convention on Sept. 22 in Des Moines.

First National Bank received the Silver Award (second-place) for helping its community, by raising funds for the American Cancer Society. The bank has sponsored a Relay for Life team for a number of years. This year, the bank also started a new Hope Glows 5k Walk/Run for its community – to raise funds for the American Cancer Society. The bank’s team had an initial goal to make a difference by having at least 100 participants on race day, and raising $1,200 for the American Cancer Society. They exceeded that goal – with more than 500 participants registering for the event – and raising $5,000.

First National Bank was one of only two banks selected as 2015 IBA Community Betterment Award winners. Banks across the state had the opportunity to submit their community-based projects to be reviewed by a panel of judges. The winning banks were honored by the IBA for demonstrating a high level of commitment to the communities they serve.

“The IBA Community Betterment Awards celebrate the positive role that Iowa banks play in their local communities. Each year, Iowa bankers donate more than 600,000 hours and $30.5 million to support community programs and initiatives,” said John Sorensen, president and CEO of the IBA. “First National Bank’s award entry exemplifies the compassion and commitment that so many Iowa bankers have to helping others.”

About the Iowa Bankers Association

The Iowa Bankers Association represents 334 Iowa banks and savings institutions. Iowa bankers are committed to the values of honesty, hard work and community service, and have been a trusted resource for Iowans for more than 100 years. Iowa banks offer FDIC insurance and lend more than $64 billion to help individuals, business owners and agriculture. More than 18,000 Iowans work at an Iowa bank, and Iowa banks donate more than $28.6 million and 784,000 volunteer hours to support local communities each year. To learn more, visit

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