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Summer Events are Underway!

Summer Events are Underway!

We’ve had a great kick off to summer events this season! First Security employees have been busy volunteering at many events and parades. A few of the events we have participated in just in the last couple weeks are Party in the Park in Charles City, Gran Festival in Hampton, Tuesday on the Town in Hampton, Floyd Fun Days, and Greene River Days.

First Security sponsored and provided volunteers for the first Party in the Park of the summer. Volunteers sold chuck chips, which buyers could use at one of the many kids’ games or food and treat vendors. The theme for the night was Rivals night, which many employees took part in by sporting a ball cap representing their favorite ball team. Volunteers also helped to staff some games and photograph the event. And, of course, we enjoyed live music by PV and the Phantoms, the great weather, and good company! Party in the Park takes place every other Friday, so there’s still time to check out what the committee has in store for the rest of the summer!

“It was a great kick off to a summer full of events,” said Katelyn Marion, Ad/PR Specialist and Party in the Park Committee Member. “We’ve planned so many new activities, theme nights, and are adding some new entertainment and vendors. It’s fun to get involved and see others do the same.

Gran Festival, which took place in Hampton, is a celebration of Northern Iowa cultures. Businesses, vendors, and entertainment fill Bandshell Park for a full day and evening of fun. First Security, a sponsor for the event, brought their money booth to the event. It was a huge hit—a lot of lucky kids walked away with cash in hand or one of the several other prizes that were offered.

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 “Gran Festival is an annual event and fundraiser for La Luz Hispana, a non-profit organization that offers educational opportunities and aid in navigating social service agencies for Hispanics in the Hampton area,” explained Ron Raney, Market President. “We are so happy to see the success of this event and look forward to it every year.”

Employees were able to participate in a second event at Bandshell park, Tuesday on the Town. First Security sponsored and served a pork burger meal for a free will donation toward the Hampton-Dumont Student Council’s fundraising efforts for a new electronic sign. Nashville recording artist, the Eric Chesser Band, was the entertainment for the evening and the local municipal band performed as well.

“We were able to raise $400 and will donate another $600 on top of that for a total of $1000,” said Raney. “The Eric Chesser Band also donated their profits from merchandise sales as well. What a great group of guys!"

First Security has also participated in a couple parades already – the Floyd Fun Days parade and the Greene River Days parade. The float for each of these parades was superhero themed. A trailer was decorated with handmade “skyscrapers” and slogans like “stick it to the ID thieves” and “Fighting Fraud”. Employees kids and grandkids were encouraged to dress up as their favorite superhero and walk in the parade or ride on our float.

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“It’s a fun way to get kids involved in the community events and also remind customers of our great fraud monitoring products,” said Penny Gray, VP/Marketing. “We’re all excited to see the creative floats each office comes up with for their local events this year. There have been some great ideas!

Specialty items for parades this year are fun sunglasses, bug spray, and sun screen. They’re all perfect for those hot, sunny summer days and they have all been very popular with employees and event goers, too. First Security employees have really enjoyed the start of June and we’re all looking forward to what lies ahead this summer! Stay tuned!

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