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January 22, 2015 | Eden Prairie, Minnesota

The Minnesota Bankers Association (MBA) recently recognized United Community Bank for its community involvement. Banks play an important and vital role in their communities, and to honor and recognize their involvement, the MBA created the Community Champion recognition program.

United Community Bank was one of twenty-one banks honored for its community involvement. These Minnesota banks worked with hundreds of organizations in their communities, providing funding, volunteers, materials, supplies, or food for their neighbors. Over 43,000 hours and 950 employees participated in a variety of volunteer events or programs.

Recipients of the recognition range in size from small community banks to large banks with multiple branches. Many of these banks reported over 50 percent of the bank’s employees volunteered on behalf of their bank for organizations such as the Rotary, Feed My Starving Children, American Cancer Society, American Heart Association, Second Harvest Heartland, Catholic Charities, Boy Scouts, Minnesota Business Venture, Junior Achievement, United Way, Habitat for Humanity, local schools, churches, or non-profits.

MBA President/CEO Joe Witt congratulated the recipients and stated “Minnesota banks are the heart and soul of their communities. In addition to providing the capital that helps communities grow and thrive, the banking industry’s record of supporting local programs is simply unmatched. No other industry gives more time, talent and resources back into Minnesota’s communities. The MBA is pleased to recognize these 21 banks for their commitment to making a real difference in their local communities.”

Recipients are recognized with a certificate and recognition at the MBA Bank Day at the Capitol event in St. Paul.

The MBA 2015 Community Champion recipients:

Americana Community Bank, Maple Grove
BankVista, Sartell
Center National Bank, Litchfield
Citizens Bank & Trust Co., Hutchinson
Citizens Bank Minnesota, New Ulm
Citizens Independent Bank, St. Louis Park
Community Resource Bank, Northfield
Eagle Bank, Glenwood
F&M Bank, Lino Lakes
Farmers & Merchants State Bank, Springfield
First Southeast Bank, Harmony
KleinBank, Chaska
National Bank of Commerce, Superior
Northeast Bank, Minneapolis
Premier Bank Rochester, Rochester
Security BankUSA, Bemidji
Security State Bank, Fergus Falls
Sunrise Banks, St. Paul
United Community Bank, Perham
Voyager Bank, Eden Prairie
Winona National Bank, Winona

The Minnesota Bankers Association is the state’s largest trade association devoted exclusively to the representation of commercial banks. The MBA was founded in 1889 and represents 95% of Minnesota’s chartered banks. The MBA is proud to support our member banks as they work to ensure vital communities throughout the state. For more information, please visit our website at www.minnbankers.com.