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Oct 13, 2023

First National donates $10,000 to Kodiak museums to celebrate the 60th anniversary of its Kodiak Branch

KODIAK, Alaska – Celebrating six decades in Kodiak, First National Bank Alaska donated $5,000 to the Alutiiq Museum and $5,000 to the Kodiak Historical Museum.

The donation to the Alutiiq Museum helps fund a major renovation, adding 3,400 sq. ft., with an enlarged exhibit gallery, a classroom, a gathering space, and an expanded museum store. First National Board Director Perry Eaton, whose roots run deep in Kodiak, was on hand for the presentation. His father, Hank Eaton, was one of the Alutiiq Museum’s founders.

The bank’s long support of youth and education spurred the $5,000 donation to Kodiak Historical Museum’s (KHM) education outreach programs for low-to-moderate-income families in the Kodiak area. KHM board member Mary Tougas, former longtime resident of Kodiak and wife of First National Board Director Tom Tougas, was pleased to participate in that donation presentation.

“As we celebrate our Kodiak Branch’s 60th year, we also celebrate local community partners who are working hard to help shape a brighter future for Alaskans,” said Betsy Lawer, First National Board Chair and CEO/President. “These two important institutions bring the rich history of the Kodiak region to life and remind us how fortunate we are to live and work in the Great Land.”

Alaska’s community bank since 1922, First National proudly meets the financial needs of Alaskans with ATMs and 28 locations in 19 communities throughout the state, and by providing banking services to meet their needs across the nation and around the world.

In 2023, Alaska Business readers voted the bank the “Best of Alaska Business” in the Best Place to Work category for the eighth year in a row, Best Bank/Credit Union for the third time running, and Best Corporate Citizen for a fourth time. American Banker recognized First National in 2022 as a “Best Bank to Work For” for the fifth year running. In the same year, Anchorage Daily News readers voted the bank one of the state’s top three financial institutions for the fourth year in a row in the ADN “Best of Alaska” Awards.

First National Bank Alaska is a Member FDIC and Equal Housing Lender.


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