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Bank Marks 10-Year Anniversary with $10,000 Nonprofit Giveaway Awarded to Humane Society

East Lansing, Mich. (January 14, 2013) Summit Community Bank announced the Capital Area Humane Society as the winner of their 10-Year Anniversary $10,000 Community Nonprofit Giveaway today. Summit Community Bank recently launched the promotion as part of their 10th Anniversary Celebration.

Summit Community Bank opened its doors in January, 2003, and for the past 10 years has provided banking services geared to local needs and issues of the families and businesses in the community.

“Because we are a community bank, it’s our mission to place the interest of our communities first, and more importantly we are honored to give back to the communities that so generously support us,” said Summit Community Bank President and CEO John Abbott. “The Capital Area Humane Society received the most votes in our Giveaway and we are pleased to award them the $10,000 to help in their community efforts.”

The Capital Area Humane Society has been serving the Greater Lansing area since 1936. Their continued passion to serve both pets and people is exceeded only by the passion of the community to support their mission. More than 600 active volunteers devote 9,000+ hours of time each year to ensure their animals are properly socialized, exercised and loved. These are the people who voted for this community nonprofit organization to receive the $10,000 Giveaway.

“Each organization participating in the $10,000 Nonprofit Giveaway has a unique vision for our area,” said Abbott. “We hope that this Giveaway also helped to advance awareness of the participating organizations and how their services greatly impact our community.”

Abbott went on to explain how the community banking notion rekindles visions of handshakes, relationships of trust based on friendship, and face-to-face commitments with the strong bonds that community engenders. Yet, with the tremendous technological advances in Internet banking and social networking, Summit Community Bank cautiously embraced social media by allowing Facebook users to vote for their favorite nonprofit organization.

The 10 qualifying nonprofit organizations included in the Summit Community Bank $10,000 Nonprofit Giveaway were: Michigan Coalition to End Domestic and Sexual Violence, Capital Area Humane Society, Habitat for Humanity Lansing, Big Brothers Big Sisters Michigan Capital Region, Haven House, Mother Teresa House, St. Vincent Catholic Charities, Tomorrow’s Child, Burcham Hills Foundation and the City Rescue Mission.

Banks play an important role in community services because they are at the heart of the financial decisions made by the families, businesses, schools, nonprofit organizations and other groups in the community.

“Summit Community Bank takes the business of being a strong, local community citizen very seriously,” Abbott said. “I believe when our families, schools, nonprofit organizations and businesses are strong, our communities are strong.  Partnering and building strong relationships in our communities is what community banking is all about.

“We built our history on steadfast support of local groups serving our communities,” added Abbott. “We keep it local because we believe in giving back to our communities to keep them strong and vibrant. A big part of our mission over the past 10 years has been to make peoples’ lives better. We are looking forward to maintaining this tradition for many more years.”

Community bank advantages, according to Abbott, means the management, the ownership and the board of directors are all local business people. “Our board of directors is made up of local business leaders. The management is all local. If you have a question or concern, you can come in and see me,” Abbott said. “With the larger banks, the management is oftentimes in another city or state.”

Summit Community Bank has surpassed every milestone set by its founders, built upon a modest but welcome model – a solid, strong community bank, fully accountable to its customers.

About Summit Community Bank

Summit Community Bank is a full service financial institution with banking offices in East Lansing and Okemos and a Home Loan Center in Lansing.  The Bank was formed 10 years ago by local business leaders with an emphasis on the customer and the community. For more information, please visit mysummitbank.com or call the Bank at 517.664.1912.

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