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Red Skelton Museum
Vincennes, Indiana

Jill Kerins (right), Manager of First Financial’s Vincennes Sixth Street and Main Street Banking Centers, and Craig Kirk, Senior Commercial Lending Executive, present a $1,000 check to Anne Pratt of the Red Skelton Museum of American Comedy in support of A Tribute to Bob Hope and the Radio Stars of the 1940s, a stage show bringing to life the radio programs of World War II.

Presenting live theater is one of many ways the museum preserves and celebrates the legacy of Richard “Red” Skelton, who was born in Vincennes in 1913 and went on to become a star of the stage, movies, radio and television. “The Red Skelton Show,” which premiered on network television 1951 and aired for 20 years, made Skelton a beloved household name. When he passed away in 1997, many items from his estate were donated to Vincennes University and now reside at the Red Skelton Museum. 

Terre Haute Police Department
2017 Police Officer of the Year

Officer Ivan Walker (fourth from right), a K-9 handler in the uniform division, was named 2017 Police Officer of the Year at the 27th annual Terre Haute Police Department Officers Recognition and Commendation Dinner sponsored by First Financial Bank.

With him are Jon Swaner, news anchor at WTHI-TV/MyFOX10; Matt Wayt, First Financial; Tom McClanahan, news anchor at WTWO-TV/NBC2; Pat Ralston, First Financial; Terre Haute Mayor Duke Bennett; Terre Haute Police Chief John Plasse; and Jamie Amodeo and Jason Ernst, First Financial.

Day of Giving
Bloomington, Illinois

The First Financial Brickyard Banking Center in Bloomington served as a donation site for the annual Operation Honor Guard Day of Giving. Founded in Danville, Illinois, the nonprofit organization provides charitable assistance to outfit Honor Guard units, made up of VFW and American Legion volunteers who perform military rites at funerals for service members and veterans.

Don Judd (right), age 82, a 50-year member of VFW Post 6190 in Farmer City, Illinois, was among the many veterans who turned out on the Day of Giving to collect donations. Judd is a founder of Post 6190’s Honor Guard and is still active with them. He and his fellow veterans helped to raise more than $164,000 for Operation Honor Guard in Central Illinois.

Banking Center Manager Nick Lurkins, Assistant Manager Taylor Hish (in the First Duck costume) and the Brickyard staff shared in the fundraising efforts.

Terre Haute Fire Department
2017 Firefighter of the Year

Kevin Price (center), was honored as 2017 Firefighter of the Year at the 13th annual Terre Haute Firefighters Recognition and Commendation Dinner sponsored by First Financial Bank.

Joining in the celebration are Jamie Amodeo, First Financial; Terre Haute Fire Chief Jeff Fisher; Terre Haute Mayor Duke Bennett; and Jason Ernest, First Financial.

First Financial Bank
Holiday Joy Drive

“Give a Toy — Feel the Joy” was the theme for our Holiday Joy Drive, a bank-wide event that collects new toys and cash to provide gifts to kids whose families can’t afford Christmas presents. Donations went to local nonprofit organizations selected by associates in each county the bank serves.

In Vanderburgh County, Bob Reutter, Coordinator of the Toys for Tots program, accepted donations made at our Evansville Banking Center, along with an additional cash contribution from First Financial Corporation. Danielle Mutz, CSR/Teller, and Patti Connaway, Assistant Banking Center Manager, made the presentation.

Terre Haute Police Department
2017 Michael Dinkel Memorial Award

Chrissy John (third from right), a member of the THPD Spouse Auxiliary, received the 2017 Michael Dinkel Memorial Award at the 27th annual Terre Haute Police Department Officers Recognition and Commendation Dinner sponsored by First Financial Bank.

With her from First Financial are Jamie Amodeo, Pat Ralston, Jason Ernst, and Matt Wayt.

Summer Reading Program Kickoff
Clinton Public Library

First Financial associates in Vermillion County, Indiana gave their time to serve food at the kickoff of the Clinton Public Library’s annual Summer Reading Program. Debbe McFall, Manager, Crown Hill Banking Center, along with Clinton Banking Center associates Leslie Werner, Assistant Manager; Michelle Thomas, CSR/Teller; and Jessi Purcell, Manager, handed out hotdogs, chips and popsicles to a big crowd of kids and parents.

The event featured fire trucks and police cars for kids to see up close and a live band to highlight the program theme, “Libraries Rock!” Some 200 people, from preschoolers to adults, participate in the library’s Summer Reading Program each year. For students, reading during the summer can help to reduce the “summer slide” — a loss of some of the material they learned during the previous school year.

Nonprofit organizations share $100,000 in funds from Benson, Baur, Young and Swope trusts

Each year, First Financial Bank Trust & Asset Management distributes funds to area nonprofit organizations from the Frederick R. Benson, Oscar Baur, Mary Smith Young and Sheldon Swope trusts. These four prominent Terre Haute citizens established trusts through their wills at the bank, providing for the ongoing charitable gifts.

At the bank’s check distribution reception with IRA Administrator Brandi Hanson (2nd row, left) of Trust & Asset Management are (front) Kayla Sweet and Brenda Tryon, Mosaic; (center) Carolyn Small and Aaron Craig, Crossroads of America Council, Boy Scouts of America; (back) Jennifer Buell, Catholic Charities; Carlos Montanez, St. Rose of Viterbo Fraternity; and John Etling, Catholic Charities.

Balloons Over Vermilion
Vermilion County, Illinois

First Financial was a sponsor of the second-annual Balloons Over Vermilion festival at the Vermilion Regional Airport. More than 20,000 visitors attended the two-day festival, which brought both tourism dollars and family-centered entertainment to the Danville area. The bank presented the Balloon Glow, a one-of-a-kind event where tethered hot air balloons create a massive synchronized light display that illuminates the night sky. Breathtaking!

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