First National Bank held its annual Hometown Support Luncheon last Wednesday, giving out a total of $10,000 to 25 groups from the area. The program, which started in 1992, "is a way for the bank to give back to our communities," said FNB President Ernie Chappel, and he estimates that nearly $1 million has been given away since then. "This is a good example of what community banks do. We can't be successful unless we pay it forward to the groups in our communities." Pictured, front row, from left, are Chappel, Mary Halford (Friends & Families of Fayette County Hospital), Joelyn Collins (Vandalia Caring & Sharing and Tools For School), Terri Braun (Soroptimists), Judy Vaughn (Vandalia Senior Citizens), Sandy Leidner (Fayette County Habitat For Humanity) and Leanne Bales (Our Place). Second row, from left, Bill Haselhorst (Vandalia Lions Club), Dale Timmermann (Vandalia Historical Society), George Meseke (Crawford-Hale American Legion Post 95 Museum and Memorial Wall), Mary Harrington (Sexual Assault and Family Emergency), Elloise Black (Vandalia Senior Citizens) and Ali Laack (First National Bank). Back row, from left, John Ashdown (YMCA), Ed Taylor and Steve Stombaugh (Vandalia Volunteer Fire Department) and Steve Ainscough (Vandalia Rotary Club). Recipient organizations not pictured are: Kaskaskia College, Ramsey Senior Citizens, Operation OUTING, Downtown Merchants Co-op, Vandalia Ministerial Alliance, Vandalia FFA, Second Chance Animal Rescue, Evans Public Library, Historical Vandalia, Ramsey Caring & Sharing and Lighthouse Pregnancy Center.