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Jan 12, 2016

First National gives more than $209,000 to United Ways across Alaska

First National Bank Alaska, through corporate and employee donations, raised a record-breaking $209,550 for the United Ways (UW) of Anchorage, Tanana Valley, Kenai Peninsula, Mat-Su, and Valdez.

The funds were raised during the United Way’s annual fall campaign through employee pledges, corporate matches and allocations, and special events such as a virtual auction open to employees statewide. The donation will further the mission of United Way and its partner agencies to create communities where education, financial stability and healthy lives are available to all Alaskans.

First National has been part of the UW campaigns since 1956 when then-Board Chair Lucy Hon Cuddy chaired the first fund drive for United Good Neighbors, the organization that evolved into UW. More than forty years later, current chair and president Betsy Lawer followed in her grandmother’s footsteps and took the reins of the UW campaign in Anchorage for Y2K.

Once again our employees demonstrated the power we hold as individuals to impact the lives of our friends and neighbors in need, by setting a record for funds raised in our annual campaign,” said Lawer. “They believe, as I do, that United Way is one of the most powerful ways to create real and lasting change for the communities we serve.”


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