Community Bank of Florida was pleased to partner with Dress for Success Miami for a special pre-show of Grammy Award winning, a cappella singing group Sweet Honey In The Rock. The event was held at the South Miami-Dade Cultural Arts Center and included a red carpet award ceremony for the Professional Women's Group.
In attendance were television personalities Shireen Sandoval and Trina Robinson, who acted as the official hosts for the reception. Also in attendance was Community Bank's VP of Human Resources, Aileen Fundora. Aileen was pleased to present a donation as well as share some motivating words to the ladies of the Professional Women's Group.
ABOUT DRESS FOR SUCCESS MIAMI: Dress for Success Miami promotes the economic independence of disadvantaged women by providing professional attire, a network of support and the career development tools to help women thrive in work and in life. Programs transition women towards self-sufficiency by addressing their social and economic needs in relation to work, home and community. Each woman is a success story: she has gone from unemployment to economic independence. Since 1994, Dress for Success Miami has assisted over 30,000 re-entering the workforce. For more information, visit their website.
Photo 1: Left to right- Luis Fundora, Level 5 Entertainment and DJ of the evening with CBF's Aileen Fundora and Trina Robinson
Photo 2: Aileen gives some inspiring words
Community Bank of Florida is proud to announce that EMERGE Lakeland has appointed Karen Houtz as their new Chairperson. Ms. Houtz has been part of the Community Bank family for five years, working as a Commercial Relationship Officer to fulfill the needs of local business owners. She has extensive banking experience, with over 16 years in the industry.
Karen is a third generation Lakeland native. In her free time, she enjoys helping rescued animals find adoptive families and serves as a board member of the local SPCA. She is also very active in local organizations, including the Kiwanis Club of Lakeland, Leadership Lakeland Class XXVIII, the Lakeland Chamber of Commerce, where she is a Chamber Champion. Karen is looking forward to her new position in the EMERGE organization, stating, “I am honored to serve as Chairperson. My goal is to continue the work of EMERGE- uniting young professionals across Polk County.”
About Emerge: EMERGE Lakeland is a meaningful organization of dedicated, talented young professionals ranging in age from 21-42. EMERGE’s mission is to create a venue for members to build relationships, develop professionally, become politically aware, philanthropically active, and contribute to the economic development and quality of life in Lakeland. They are the result of a partnership of the Lakeland Area Chamber of Commerce and the United Way of Central Florida that began in 2003.
Community Bank of Florida will be closed on Monday, January 21st in observance of Martin Luther King Day. This day is also known as the national "Martin Luther King Day of Service," which challenges Americans to transform the holiday into a day of citizen volunteer service in honor of Dr. King. Let's go out and do something for our community!
Community Bank of Florida is pleased to announce Willie L. Carpenter, Senior Vice President, was recognized at The Homestead/Florida City Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Community Breakfast as an Outstanding Community Leader. The Breakfast is an annual event held by the Community Relations Board to honor Dr. King as well as those in the community who give back. This year, a special tribute was made in honor of the City of Homestead’s Centennial Anniversary. A keynote speaker is always on hand to give words of wisdom and Dr. Joseph D. Turner inspired everyone as this year's speaker. The event draws over 300 guests annually and includes singing and greetings from local dignitaries. Congratulations to Bill Duquette and Antrel Rolle, who were also honored.
Photos: Willie Carpenter accepting his award and (left to right) Homestead Councilman Jimmie L. Williams III, Willie L. Carpenter and Florida City Vice Mayor Avis Brown
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