An investment in the Florence community

Banner Bank completes remodel, donates to local care programs

Saturday, Nov. 18 — The Florence branch of Banner Bank, 777 Highway 101, held an open house on Tuesday to celebrate its completion of several remodel projects. Banner Bank employees interacted with the community during the reception.

Senior Vice President and Retail Division Manager Mike Murphy welcomed people to the event.

“Tonight is an opportunity for us to thank you. For those of you who haven’t seen the newly remodeled branch, we’ve put a lot of time and energy into this. We’re really excited about the outcome. As you know, we’ve had a long history in Florence, and it wouldn’t be possible without all of you, including all of our top-notch employees,” he said.

Murphy said the remodel was “a pretty big deal,” and named several Banner Bank officials who journeyed from Idaho, Washington, Coos Bay and Eugene to celebrate with the Florence branch. 

“I’m just proud to work for a company that’s been around for 127 years. We’re growing strong,” Murphy said. “We’re really proud of both the heritage that we’ve brought in and how we’re moving through current times as well. A consistent theme for us is that we really want to do the right thing, whether that’s for the community, for our clients or, of course, for ourselves. It’s our commitment to all of that that led to this investment, which is a pretty significant investment in the Florence community. I’m really proud of that, and I hope that you appreciate that as well.”

The remodel included updating the building from the 1960s to the 21st century, including adding ADA-accessible entries and creating a community room.

“Our investment goes beyond just bricks and mortar and sticks and carpet,” Murphy said. “For that, I’m going to introduce Dee and have her talk about some additional investments we’re making in the community.”

Dee Osborne, the local branch manager in Florence, said, “One thing I’m really proud of working for Banner Bank is the generosity to the communities we serve. We’re very strong on that. Recently we heard that Florence Food Share had an urgent need for support. Helping feed Florence-area families and individuals is an important priority, especially in the winter months. That’s why we selected Florence Food Share to receive a check for $2,263.”

She said the extra “263” was brought in through bank-wide food drive by customers and employees. The community also raised 81 canned food items during the month-long drive.

Florence Food Share Executive Director Norma Barton said, “I want to thank Banner Bank from the bottom of my heart. To collect all this and send it to food share is so special, especially right now. It has been so needed, and is greatly appreciated. We’re so grateful to the community.”

Osborne brought out another giant check.

“Another important organization in Florence that is focused on improving the health and lives of our community members is PeaceHealth Peace Harbor Medical Center Foundation,” she said. “We’d like to present a check for $5,000 to PeaceHealth in support of the local palliative care program.”

Foundation Relations Specialist Casey Farm and Peace Harbor CEO Rick Yecny accepted the check with thanks.

 “The Peace Harbor Medical Center Foundation is honored by our long-standing and continuing partnership with the Florence branch of Banner Bank. I want to personally thank Dee Osborne and the entire Florence Banner Bank family for their generous gift in support of our palliative care program,” Farm said.

He said the home-based program focuses on comfort and the relief of symptoms, such as pain and physical discomfort, and provides for the emotional and spiritual needs of the patient and family facing a serious or chronic illness.

Banner Bank’s open house allowed people to eat hors d’oeuvres and mingle with employees while touring the remodeled spaces.

“I’d like to extend thanks to all of you, the people who make Florence such a wonderful place to live and do business,” Osborne said. “We’re grateful to our clients for your loyalty and patience during our remodel — which was kind of tough at times — and we look forward to continuing to earn your business in years to come.”

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