FirstBank Announces "Coin Bandit" Fundraising Program

November 29, 2008

FirstBank, Monroe Carell Jr. Children's Hospital at Vanderbilt and Ellsworth Systems, LLC, (ESI) announced plans for a new fundraising partnership today. For the next year, "Coin Bandit" self-service coin machines will be in each of the 12 Middle Tennessee FirstBank financial centers.

Customers, associates and community members are encouraged to donate their loose change at any one of the participating FirstBank locations. The coin machine will count the donation and provide the giver with the total of his or her donation. In this case, a penny can make a difference in the life of a child.

"It is fitting that we are launching this program the week of Thanksgiving," said Jim Ayers, FirstBank chairman. "It is a time to remember our blessings and to reach out to those who are in need. FirstBank associates are dedicated to making a difference in the communities where we live and work. We are proud to help raise funds for the Children's Hospital."

"We're excited about this unique fundraising opportunity with FirstBank. The community's contributions through the Coin Bandit machines will help to support many of our programs," said Kevin Churchwell, M.D., CEO of the Children's Hospital.

"It is with great pleasure that we partner with Monroe Carell Jr. Children's Hospital at Vanderbilt and FirstBank to provide a year-round donation channel for those in need," said Gary McGuire, vice president sales and marketing of Ellsworth Systems, LLC (ESI).

The Children's Hospital is a nonprofit facility. No child who needs its services is denied care on the basis of limited ability to pay. As part of a world-renowned academic medical research center, Children's Hospital has access to the most advanced care available and is continually searching for more answers to serve families. Children's Hospital reaches children from Nashville to all Middle Tennessee counties and regions beyond. To learn more, visit www.vanderbiltchildrens.org.

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