A celebration with kisses: First Bank surpasses United Way goal

Jamie Lam, bank secrecy administrator at First Bank's Operation Center in Strasburg, kisses Leo, an alpaca from the Mini Menagerie Petting Zoo of Edinburg, outside First Bank's Operation Center on Thursday morning in Strasburg. Bank managers kissed the animals in celebration of surpassing the bank's goal for the Northern Shenandoah Valley United Way. Rich Cooley/Daily

STRASBURG – First Bank has exceeded its United Way of the Northern Shenandoah Valley campaign goal by over $7,000. In celebration, bank managers kissed farm animals on Thursday morning.

First Bank CEO Scott Harvard said they raised $47,150, exceeding their goal of $40,000.

He added this achievement showed the level of commitment the company has toward its community and wanting to help others in need.

“Giving back to this community is part of this company’s culture,” he said. “It’s part of the fabric of who we are.”

Debbie Bly, executive assistant at First Bank, said employees really stepped up this year and made a difference in the community.

Chris Miller, assistant banking center manager for First Bank's Waynesboro branch office, kisses Willow, a minature horse. Rich Cooley/Daily

“You have given somebody the ability to rewrite the ending of their story by donating to the United Way,” she told employees. “It’s cool outside and we walked to our closets and got our coats and came on out, but there are children who are getting on school buses this morning that don’t have the choice of going to the closet and getting a warm coat. With your donations and through the United Way, we will alleviate some of that.”

Contact staff writer Kaley Toy at 540-465-5137 ext. 176, or ktoy@nvdaily.com.

Chris Martin, chief risk officer from First Bank's Winchester office, gives a kiss to Mo the goat. Rich Cooley/Daily

Nadine Pottinga, president and CEO of the Northern Shenandoah Valley United Way, gets a kiss from miniature horse Willow. Rich Cooley/Daily