United Way Names FMB "Company of the Year"

February 23, 2012

First MErchants Bank was named Company of the Year by the United Way of Delaware CountyMUNCIE, Ind. - First Merchants Bank was named "Company of the Year" by United Way of Delaware County at the 2012 United Way and Funds Volunteer and Company of the Year Awards Banquet.

First Merchants has provided more than 1.2 million dollars in financial contributions within the community and has provided support to employees as they give their time, talent and treasury to programs and organizations that make this community home, including United Way.

First Merchants also unites the caring power of community through supporting United Way initiatives such as Bank On Muncie—an initiative to connect more Delaware County families to local financial institutions; Tools for Schools—a community initiative spearheaded by Hearts and Hands to give school supplies to needy families and the United Way Day of Caring—a community wide volunteer effort, to name a few.

“We are so proud to be recognized as the Company of the Year by United Way of Delaware County. We are especially proud of the group of people that head up the campaign at First Merchants. We are even more proud that First Merchants has been involved in United Way since its inception in Muncie, Delaware County,” said Jack Demaree, Vice Chairman of First Merchants Bank.

“I LIVE UNITED because I believe that people in the community make a difference together. Our employees dug deep in their pockets because they really wanted to help. That, to me, spoke volumes about the people I work with,” said Evelyn Goode, Vice President/Credit Process & Risk Specialist and First Merchants workplace campaign coordinator.

United Way of Delaware County is a non-profit organization whose mission is to unite the caring power of community to improve lives. To read more, visit blog.invitedtoliveunited.org.

First Merchants Bank was recently honored as Company of the Year United Way of Delaware County at the 2012 United Way and Funds Volunteer of the Year Awards Banquet. Congratulating from left to right: Back Row Center: Larry John, UWDC, Board Chair, Gary Chenault, President/CEO UWDC, Brian Haughn, Steve Selby, Indiana Association of United Ways Board Member, Kevin Kenyon, UWDC Board Member; 2nd Row: David Forbes, Robert Connors, John Martin, Michael Rechin, President/CEO First Merchants Corporation, Mike Stewart, Scott McKee; 1st Row: Evelyn Goode, Kim Ellington, IAUW- Director, Abby Daugherty, Erin Sylvester, Ilese Hoyniak, Qiana ONeal, Marketing Director UWDC