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(Teresa Lemon – Daily Press)

First American Bank president John Bain presents a check in the amount of $1,100 to Celina Bryant, executive director of Grammy’s House, Thursday morning. First American employees and customers spent the past two weeks collecting money and food items to be donated to Grammy’s. The check represents customer donations, which the bank matched, and the stack of items behind Bain and Bryant represents a portion of the more than 8,500 items members of the bank’s seven different departments collected through a food drive. An internal competition, dubbed “Winner Winner, Chicken Dinner,” was also held to see which department could collect the most items; that was won by the Trust and Wealth Management Department. Their prize is a catered lunch, to be served by the losing department, Accounting. However, there are, of course, no losers in the charitable effort. “It’s like winning a sweepstakes,” Bryant said of the donations, which arrive just in time to help Grammy’s House clients during the holiday season.