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FNB's Hometown Support Luncheon

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By Rich Bauer, Managing Editor

First National Bank of Vandalia, Ramsey, Patoka, Mulberry Grove and Greenville held its Hometown Support luncheon last week, awarding grants to a number of local entities.

Joining FNB President Ernie Chappel and bank Marketing Director Ali Stombaugh were: Arlene Rosenberger, Ramsey Golden Circle; Alvin Graumenz, Fayette County Senior Citizens; John Ashdown, Family YMCA of Fayette County; Barbara Buckland, Historical Vandalia Inc.; Peggy Ritter and Sara Greer, Tools for School; Floyd Meseke, American Legion Foundations; Donelle Conaway and Tony Flowers, Downtown Vandalia Merchants Co-op; Janet Wise, Fayette County Food Pantry; Mary Schulze, Kaskaskia College's KICK Program; Mary Harrington and Dorothy Schultz, SAFE; Linda Kelly, RIF (Reading is FUN-damental; Dale Timmermann, Vandalia Historical Society; Tricia Elam, Soroptimists; Patricia Sprague, OUR PLACE Youth Center; Luke Hohlt, Field of Dreams; Wietse Schaafsma, Operation OUTING and Friends & Families of Fayette County Hospital; Merle Adermann, Vandalia Volunteer Fire Department; Sandy Leidner, Fayette County Habitat for Humanity; and Steve Henna, Vandalia Lions Club. Also receiving grants were Vandalia Caring & Sharing, Lighthouse Pregnancy Center, Second Chance Animal Rescue, Vandalia Rotary Club and Ramsey Caring & Sharing. The bank has operated its Hometown Support Program since 1992, and this year, more than $20,000 has been donated by the bank. “As a community bank, we look forward to the Hometown Support Luncheon every year," Chappel said. "We believe in giving back to the communities we serve through the various groups and organizations. More importantly, we appreciate that these volunteers take the time to make a difference in the lives of the people they serve.”