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    Got a Dream? Florida Bankers Launch Campaign to Make Dreams Come True

    Last updated 2 days 5 hours ago

    10 Florida Winners Will Be Chosen to Have a $5,000 Dream Funded by Members of the Florida Bankers Association 


    TALLAHASSEE – Florida bankers are in the business of funding dreams, from helping Floridians purchase a car or home to starting a business or paying for college. Now, the Florida Bankers Association has launched a new contest aimed to grow awareness about the role bankers play in making dreams come true called, “Bank On My Dream.”

    Through the contest, 10 Floridians will have a $5,000 dream come true, compliments of the Florida Bankers Association and its member banks. To qualify for consideration, the dream must be nominated by a Florida nonprofit organization and must be attainable with the $5,000 cash prize.

    “Bankers partner with Floridians to make their dreams come true every day,” said Alex Sanchez, president and CEO of the Florida Bankers Association. “Sometimes, a small investment can have a big impact. This contest will demonstrate how $5,000 can make important dreams come true for 10 Floridians.”

    Florida nonprofit organizations are invited to nominate Floridians they serve or who are known to them. The nonprofits must agree to administer the funds and use them to fulfill the dream, which must be attainable with a $5,000 prize. The dream may be anything from buying school supplies for foster children, to building a website for someone starting a new business, to buying a car so someone can have reliable transportation to get to work.

    Nominations may take the form of a narrative or a video, which may be submitted via the website. After all nominations have been submitted, the public will have an opportunity to vote on their favorite nominees. Following the voting period, a panel of judges will select two winners a week for five weeks, to be announced in June and July.

    Florida bankers play an ongoing role in helping Floridians make their dreams come true, including dreams of owning a home and starting or growing a business:

    •  In 2012 alone, Florida financial institutions funded 461,771 mortgage loans totaling nearly $90 billion.
    •   In 2013, Florida banks made 48,473 business loans ranging from thousands of dollars to $1 million: 33,261 were less than $100,000; 8,018 were between $100,000 to $250,000; 7,194 were $250,000 to $1 million.
    •   Banks and their employees also are active members of their communities, sponsoring soccer and little league teams, supporting local Boys & Girls Clubs and Habitat for Humanity efforts, volunteering on non-profit boards and much more.

    ?The Florida Bankers Association (FBA) serves as the primary resource through which Florida financial service providers work in unity to influence the state and federal legal regulatory environment in which they serve their customers. Established in 1888, the FBA is one of Florida’s oldest trade associations and has a membership of approximately 300 financial institutions ranging in size from small community banks, thrifts and trust companies, to medium-sized banks operating in several parts of the state, to large regional financial institutions that are headquartered in Florida or outside the state. 


    In support of Education

    Last updated 8 days ago

    CBF is pleased to once again sponsor the Pi Nu Chapter of the Omega Psi Phi Fraternity in their 15th annual Purple & Gold Ball. The event is the main fundraiser for their Academy of Scholars, a program that provides college grants to local high school seniors. The fraternity believes education leads to nurturing, mentoring and molding youth to become citizens that ‘give back’ to the community. Each year they strive to make a larger impact by increasing the number of scholarships they award.

    The Purple & Gold Ball is a formal affair featuring fine cuisine, live entertainment, an elegant setting with a purpose to help fulfill a promise. It will be held on April 25, 2014 at Jungle Island. It’s not too late to support the event or purchase tickets. For more information, visit

    Photo: CBF’s Senior Vice President and Omega Psi Phi Member Willie Carpenter presents the check to Harold Ford, Omega Psi Phi Purple & Gold Ball Program Chair 

    2014 Catboat Regatta

    Last updated 10 days ago

    CBF was proud to once again partner with the Upper Keys Sailboat Club to hold their 3rd Annual Key Largo Catboat Regatta. It was a beautiful weekend and a great time was had by all the guests. The weekend activities included a Sunset Party on Friday night, back to back racing all day Saturday, followed by an awards dinner.  

    Photo 1 - The race is on!

    Photo 2 - The Upper Keys Sailing Club Patrol

    Photo 3 - Connie Fleming; CBF's Cindy Kendall and Evelyn Guilfoyle; Upper Keys Sailboat Club Member Marylou Chambers and our Keys Board Member, Bill Andersen

    Photo 4 - CBF Helpers: Evelyn Guilfoyle, Marylou Chambers, Yuleissi Lopez, Maria McGlocklin and Bette Brown



    • The Race is On
    • Upper Keys Sailing Club Officials
    • Enjoying the awards dinner
    • CBF Helpers

    A quarter century of smiles!

    Last updated 11 days ago

    CBF is excited to share that Lydia Rosado is having her 25th anniversary with the bank. Lydia is a customer service rep at the Princeton Office and says her favorite part of the job is “Making the customers happy!” Her customers must agree, because she is often pleasantly surprised to receive letters of thanks, which are shared at monthly staff meetings. 

    Lydia is a dedicated member of her church and likes to volunteer by tutoring children and visiting local hospitals. She has six grandchildren and attributes her job at the bank as the support she needed to put them all through college. She feels her customers and coworkers are just an extended part of her family and looks forward to many more years working here. 

    PHOTO: Lydia Rosado, 25th anniversary

    CBF Receives WeCare Award!

    Last updated 13 days ago

    CBF was proud to receive the 2014 “Outstanding Community Involvement and Corporate Citizenship Award” from the WeCare of South Dade Organization. The award is based on supporting community based organizations in the Homestead/Florida City area, as well as using resources and influence in service of broader philanthropic aims.

    CBF congratulates fellow award winners: Ruth Campbell, “Lifetime of Service Award”; Cip Garza, “Educational Impact Award”; Carlos Salgado & Rocio Tafur Salgado, co-directors of enFAMiLia, “Larry Ligammare Making a Difference Award”; and Homestead Hospital, who received the “Outstanding South Dade Supporter Award.” The people in these organizations make our community a better place and we are honored to be selected among them!

    WeCare of South Dade, Inc. was designed to bring together local social service agencies in an effort to network and share information. It has more than 100 members representing every aspect of human service – health, education, emergency shelter and assistance, child development, entrepreneur training, domestic violence, farmworker aid and assistance, elder care, and more.  Visit for more information.

    PHOTO: (left to right) CBF employees Michael Welsh, Denise Held, Bette Brown, Sharon Wilson, Willie Carpenter, WeCare Board Member Renee Reichling and  Lisa Greer.


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