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2019 #FNBGiveFirst Winners

Hope, Joy, and Giving $10,000 of Holiday Cheer

2019 #FNBGiveFirst Winners

“You don’t think of a bank as just giving away money,” Tamera Jerke-Liesinger, Executive Director of The Banquet, said.

“You don’t think of a bank as just giving away money. That’s not what you think of when you think of bank.”

– Tamera Jerke-Liesinger, Executive Director of The Banquet

For us here at The First National Bank in Sioux Falls, we don’t want to be what people usually think of when they think of a bank. We want to be more than that. We want to share our time, talents, treasures, and ideas to make our communities better places to live.

That’s why we’ve given a total of $60,000 to local non-profits through our GiveFirst initiative since 2013. This year, we’re adding another $10,000 to that number.

GiveFirst has given local non-profits their chance to win big once again. By using the hashtag #FNBGiveFirst during the month of October, community members nominated their favorite local non-profits. Then, throughout the month of November, we held a bracket competition. The non-profits with the most votes each week moved forward until only four remained. During the final week of the competition, the final four faced off for a grand prize of $4,000 and the three runners-up each receiving $2,000.

GiveFirst is our way of raising awareness for all the wonderful local non-profit organizations by inviting the community to participate and decide the winners.

We are thankful to all of the area non-profits that share our mission of making our communities better places to live. It’s the work they do each day that makes a difference for so many. We are honored to give back to four of these wonderful non-profit organizations. Read their stories below:


All Cats Rescue – $4,000 Grand Prize Winner


Midwest Honor Flight – $2,000 Final Four Winner


The Banquet – $2,000 Final Four Winner


Children’s Inn – $2,000 Final Four Winner


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