First Florida Integrity Bank also actively works to support its community. One example is hosting an annual golf tournament. The event is completely underwritten and all of the money raised is donated to the selected charities. This year donations were divided between Collier Child Care Resources and New Horizons of Southwest Florida.

Another way the bank gives back is through its Project Donation. Each week, employees voluntarily donate $1 to dress down on Friday; the bank contributes a match of 100 percent. Money for Project Donation is raised in other ways also, including a 50/50 raffle at every staff meeting. "All of the money is pooled into a fund and a committee made up of bank employees makes decisions about how the money should be distributed”, said Senior Vice President Aliette Pettay. “We've given to a family with a baby who needed heart surgery and we've given to a man battling cancer who had medical bills that needed to be paid. Typically, references are made by tellers or other bank employees who encounter customers going through difficult situations. The program is not publicized or promoted and operates below the radar of most customers. It's just something that's done to help others."

First Florida Integrity Bank is also supportive of public service, which is viewed as part of its community commitment. Garrett Richter, our President and CEO, is a former Florida State Senator who completed his final term in November 2016, and during his tenure served as chairman of the Senate's Banking and Insurance Committee. The bank fully supported his service. "My father taught me a great recipe for life that I try to pass along. It's learn, earn and return,” said Richter. "While public service can be occasionally frustrating, overall it's very rewarding. The same is true for community service. They're both very important. When we started this bank, we had a commitment to the community and that hasn't changed."

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