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Second Top Team for American Cancer Society Fundraising!

Year after year First Reliance's Relay For Life Team, under the leadership of Joan Billheimer, Community Development Officer, shows its commitment to the American Cancer Society.  This year, First Reliance is the second top team in Florence County for raising funds announced Chinel Boateig, American Cancer Society. "First Reliance is very committed to supporting the community and giving back," said Rick Saunders, CEO.  "Several of our employees are cancer survivors and many of our employees have family and friends who have had cancer.  Our company truly wants to make a difference by supporting this cause that has affected so many people including our own." Joan Billheimer, a twelve year cancer survivor herself,  begins planning fundraising activities early each year, including an Italian Buffet which features entertainment, a live auction and dancing.  Each year the event grows larger along with the funds that are raised.  There are several other smaller activities that Joan coordinates which contribute to the overall fundraising.  "We are proud to have raised $13,000 for the American Cancer Society," said Joan Billheimer.  "We hope it helps fund research that will help more people have more birthdays!"

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Jeremy Groom Named First Reliance Associate of the Year

And Twelve Associates Awarded President’s Club

April 15, 2013, Florence, S.C.  –  First Reliance Bank recently announced  that Jeremy Groom, Senior Vice President of Compliance and Risk Management, is the First Reliance Associate of the Year for 2013. Each year, as part of the bank’s associate rewards and recognition program, all associates have the opportunity to nominate an outstanding associate and submit a detailed reason of why the chosen associate deserves the award.  A committee of  associates, then carefully reviews the nominations and selects the associate who goes above and beyond performance expectations and who is the best role model for living the values of First Reliance Bank.  Groom was selected from among the bank’s 100 associates. In his twelve years of service with First Reliance Bank, Groom has demonstrated a career of upward movement because of his consistent dedication to produce excellent work while continuously improving his knowledge of banking.  He has helped the bank navigate through one of the most challenging times as compliance and bank regulation have become a focus in today’s banking world.  Many of his accomplishments were self motivated and his proactive approach have pushed the bank forward to remain a strong secure contender in today’s ever

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Active and Retired Military Are A Segment Supported In The Bank’s Unique Hometown Heroes Program

[caption id="attachment_5451" align="alignright" width="300"] The Citadel Lacrosse Team, in conjunction with the Virginia Military Institute and First Reliance Bank presented a check to the Special Operations Warrior Foundation.[/caption] November 28, 2012, Charleston, S.C. —   The Citadel Lacrosse Team, in conjunction with the Virginia Military Institute and First Reliance Bank presented a check to the Special Operations Warrior Foundation in the amount of $3,000.  The Special Operations Warrior Foundation provides full four- year scholarships to children of deceased special operations veterans from all services. The Special Operations Warrior Foundation in the past year has provided over $4,000,000 in financial assistance to the children of fallen soldiers.  The Special Operations Warrior Foundation is only one of 5% of all charities in the country to continually receive a 4 star rating for financial efficiency. Michael Grimm, the head coach of the Citadel Lacrosse Team and 10 year Special Operations veteran says, “We play for those who have fallen and their families”.  Michael Grimm is a 2002 graduate of The Citadel and has taken the lacrosse program to great heights over the past two years playing teams such as West

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