KWHS Teacher in Hospital, Needs Help
The family of Tommie Grimstad, the Key West High School teacher who is in intensive care in a Miami hospital following a motorcycle accident has asked the Florida Keys SPCA for help caring for Tommie’s pets while she recovers from her injuries; specifically, foster homes for her cats. If you are able to foster one or more cats, please contact me at 294-4857. Donations accepted, too.





Acre Sales Donates Toys

(L-R) American Caribbean owner/broker Ginger Henderson, associate Bonnie Sanderson and Jo Ann Cook recently dropped off giant stockings stuffed with toys to the Marathon Fire Department and fireman Bruce Stoll.





DAR in Action

The Florida Keys Chapter of the Daughters of the American Revolution volunteered to ring the renowned Salvation Army bell on Dec. 16 in Key West. DAR member Lois Griffin and Emily Hardner, vice-regent, happily and eagerly volunteered their time for this worthy local charity.





Gala Grabs Cash for Habitat

The 11th Annual D’Asign Source Gala netted $55,500 for Middle Keys Habitat for Humanity. Guests of honor included movie producer Jon Landaeu, best known for Academy Award winner Titanic and most recently, Avatar; Miss Florida USA Lissette Garcia and famed steel drummer Sir Cedrick. Habitat president Bruce Ferraro and Lisa Robinson were among the collection of local residents and business owners to partake in the evening’s festivities. 





First State Bank’s Hadas and Mira Celebrate Anniversaries
Kerry Hadas, Assistant Vice President/Personal Banking Officer celebrated her twentieth year with First State Bank of the Florida Keys.

Hadas was hired in 1990 as a Teller at the Main office, she progressed with the Bank holding positions including Customer Service Representative, Customer Service Support Representative, Head Teller, Assistant Branch Manager, and Customer Service Officer.  In 2008, she was promoted to her current position as Assistant Vice President/Personal Banking Officer.

Originally from New Jersey, Kerry has lived in Key West for twenty years with her husband and son.

Lisbey Mira, Main Office Lead Teller celebrated her fifteenth year with First State Bank of the Florida Keys.

Mira was hired in 1995 as a Teller at our Main Office, she was promoted to her current position as Lead Teller in 2008.  She was named Employee of the Quarter in 2008. Born in Cuba and raised in Key West, Mira resides in the city with her husband and sons.





Kreative Kids Thanks Our Community
Like the Wise Men who brought gifts to celebrate Jesus’ birth, Zonta came to Kreative Kids Day Care at New Life Church in Marathon bearing gifts for the children.  The children loved photos with Santa.  Kreative Kids are truly blessed and grateful for the support from Zonta and the City of Marathon.




Carruthers Recognized By Literacy Volunteers

Monroe County Mayor Heather Carruthers was recently presented with an award for “Enthusiasm and Endurance” by Literacy Volunteers of America for her work at LVA’s Benihana Celebrity Chef Cook Off. She’s pictured with LVA Vice-President Peary Fowler (left) and LVA Executive Director Mary Casanova (right). For information on LVA programs call 204-4352, visit their website or email .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address)





Murdoch-Bacud Exchange Vows

Grant Murdoch married Amy Bacud at Banana Bay Resort on Saturday, Dec.18, 2010. Marianne Benvenuti officiated the ceremony attended by family and fiends.
Grant and Amy will honeymoon at Niagra Falls, Ontario, Canada. They live in Marathon.

Grant originally is from Ontario, Canada. Amy was born in the Phillipines. Both still have family in their respective countries.

Photography by Larry Benvenuti





Bank Donates Gifts For Needy Local Children
First State Bank of the Florida Keys employees continued their support of Poinciana Elementary School with a donation of holiday gifts to needy local children.

Each year, First State Bank helps spread holiday cheer throughout the Keys by adopting children and families in need of assistance to ensure they have a happy holiday.

“We are honored to help families in need throughout our community, especially during the holiday season,” said Angie Walterson, First State Bank Assistant Vice President and Public Relations and Communications Manager. “It’s all about locals helping locals.”

Pictured L-R:  First State Bank’s Angie Walterson presents Poinciana Holiday Adoption Coordinator Susan Goldstein with holiday gifts collected by the banks’ employees.




Counting Corks for a Good Cause

Tasha and Gaines Dupree of Island City House provided the closest guess in the Vinos on Duval Cork Count. Beth Ranson and Natalie Maddox of VNA/Hospice counted 1,535 corks. All proceeds from the contest go to theVisiting Nurses Associatin and Hospice. The corks had been collected at the new wine bar on Duval since Clayton and Valerie opened the doors in September.






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