First Bank of Highland Park (FBHP) was named Corporate Citizen of the Year by the Northbrook Chamber of Commerce.
The bank was recognized for its numerous corporate philanthropy projects, such as a gift to help the North Suburban YMCA build a handicapped-accessible playground. FBHP employees offered more than 2,500 hours of volunteer service last year as well.
FBHP employees give talks at local schools to teach students about skills that will come in handy as adults, such as opening a checking account and understanding interest rates. The bank also partners with programs to help low-income families purchase and maintain homes, and a team of 30 FBHP volunteers even helped work on a house-revamping project to benefit a needy family.
"Marcello's has had the privilege of working side by side with First Bank of Highland Park to help them raise a significant amount of money for so many terrific causes," Jimmy Lazar, Marcello's executive vice president and chamber board member, said. "The bank's generosity and commitment to Northbrook and surrounding local communities is always done with grace and humility. They are truly a worthy recipient of this award."
FBHP will donate the $500 honorarium received with the Corporate Citizen award to The ARK Northwest.