Downtown Kalamazoo’s Restaurant Week is January 18 – 27. Why not try one of the many unique restaurants our Downtown has to offer. Or, stop in to one of your favorite restaurants for a special meal designed just for this event. Visit KalamazooRestaurantWeek.com for more details and a list of participating restaurants.
Keystone’s Downtown Office is one of over 30 locations participating in the Downtown Kalamazoo Chili Cook-off event on Saturday, January 19th. Our Office will be featuring Jeff Stoops and his “Keystone Kicker Chili” between 11:30 am and 1:30 pm. Pick up your Chili Passport for a list of locations to visit and vote for your favorite chili when you’re done. We can’t think of a better way to warm up on a January day!
Keystone’s Annual Food Drive is going on now! Last year, we raised a total of 746 lbs. of food and $1,515.99 in cash donations. Help us raise even more this year by bringing in a non-perishable food donation to any of our offices before December 17th. Our Kalamazoo and Portage Offices will be collecting for Kalamazoo Loaves & Fishes, and our Paw Paw Office will be collecting for Eleanor’s Pantry.
It’s almost time for the Annual Oakwood Plaza Holiday Hop! The Hop starts at 11:00 am on Saturday, Nov. 10th. We encourage you to stop by to shop, sample foods, and register to win a gift basket. Keystone’s Oakwood Plaza Office will be serving donuts and hot chocolate, and Fortune Freddy will be making a special appearance at the Plaza from 10:00 to noon.
Did you buy a ticket this past summer for the 22nd Annual Greatest Kazoo Duck Race? If so, you helped provide valuable funding for Journeys, the children’s grief and loss support program provided by Hospice Care of Southwest Michigan. You can learn more about this important program by attending an Open House for Journeys on Thursday, November 15th. It will be at Grief Support Services at Oakland Centre, located at 2255 W. Centre Avenue at Oakland Drive. Please visit Hospice’s website at www.hospiceswmi.org to learn more about this great program and all of the other services that Hospice provides for our community.
July 18th was a great day out on the course for Doug Ouellette, Pete Stalker, Travis Flint and Owen Roberts who made up the Firstbank team for the Cadillac Area United Way Golf Outing. Together they took home first place scoring a great trophy as well as some bragging rights! Firstbank is dedicated to helping local community charities and this was just one great way to show our support for the United Way. Way to go guys!! You made us proud!
On Saturday, June 23rd, Firstbank held it’s first annual 5k event to benefit Relay for Life. 33 employees/family and friends participated in the event raising a total of $380 for the American Cancer Society’s Relay for Life. This was the first 5k competition many of the staff members had competed in and everyone had a great time joining together to raise money to support the fight against cancer.
Not only did this event raise money for a great cause that Firstbank is proud to support, but everyone that participated was also a winner by becoming active and engaging in exercise to improve their overall health and wellness. Firstbank has an extensive wellness program that donated door prizes for the event and many of the participants also took home a great prize as an additional bonus for their participation.