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    Linda Gaunaurd Celebrates 5 Years with Community Bank!

    Last updated 1 year ago

    CBF is proud to celebrate Linda Gaunaurd’s 5th Anniversary as a member of our Financial Family. Mrs. Gaunaurd is currently an Administrative Assistant in the Key Largo Financial Center. Her main job duties include assisting loan customers with closings, payments and documents. She was previously a small business owner and has maintained her Real Estate Broker’s license since 2002. Once she became a banker she decided to expand her lending knowledge and recently earned a certificate of completion for Commercial Lending.

    Mrs. Gaunaurd was born and raised in Miami and has owned a home in Key Largo since 1981. She and her husband Manny decided to make it their permanent home almost 20 years ago. Since their children are grown and Manny has retired, they decided to take on a new adventure and began to show and breed Rhodesian Ridgebacks. Enthusiastic about her anniversary, Linda stated, “I enjoy my job; this is a wonderful place to work. Everyone is a team player and willing to help where needed.”


    CBF Supports "Swim for Jenny"

    Last updated 1 year ago

    Jenny Nyugen was loved by many at Keys Gate Charter School, where she almost completed the sixth grade as an honor roll student in the gifted program. Born in Atlanta, Georgia, 12-year old Jenny was a longtime resident of Homestead. On April 16th, 2011, Jenny tragically lost her life when she went into water too deep for her limited swimming ability and was not able to make it out on her own.

    The “Swim for Jenny” Memorial Fund was established in Jenny’s honor to provide children in South Florida the opportunity to attend learn-to-swim classes at their local park for free, thus helping to prevent another tragedy such as this from happening in the future to another child.   

    Nationally, drowning is the second-leading cause of injury-related death among children ages 1 to 14.  Florida has the second highest number of drowning incidents in the U.S. and Miami-Dade County leads the state in drowning deaths with an average of 45 a year.

    You can make a difference in a child's life by donating to the “Swim for Jenny” Memorial Fund.  Donations will be used to provide scholarships to learn-to-swim courses throughout Miami-Dade County keeping children safe in South Florida. Learn-to-Swim lessons will educate children and their parents in water safety, swim technique and drowning prevention. For as little as $30, you can fund two weeks of swimming lessons for a single child.

    For more information or to make a donation, please visit  Save a life, teach a child to swim, keep Jenny's memory alive.

    •  Jenny Nyugen
    • Swim for Jenny Donation

    Aileen Fundora Attends Graduate School of Banking

    Last updated 1 year ago

    Aileen Fundora, VP and Director of Human Resources, recently attended her first year of the Graduate School of Banking at Louisiana State University. She is among 513 bankers taking part in the 63rd annual two-week session. Bankers traveled from twenty states and Mexico to participate.

    Sponsored by 15 southern state bankers associations in cooperation with the Division of Continuing Education at LSU, the banking school requires attendance on campus for three years with extensive bank study assignments between sessions. Courses cover all aspects of banking, economics and related subjects. Faculty consists of bankers, business and professional leaders and educators from all over the U.S. During their three years at the Graduate School of Banking, students receive 180 hours of classroom instruction, thirty hours of reviews, planned evening study and written final examinations at the end of each session.

    Mrs. Fundora is a graduate of Miami Springs Senior High and received her Bachelor’s Degree in Health Information Management from Florida International University. She later received her Master’s Degree in Human Resource Management from Troy State University and in 2010 she earned her Professional in Human Resources (PHR) Certification from the HR Certification Institute. Eager to develop her banking knowledge, Mrs. Fundora described her first year as “an amazing and unique opportunity to meet and build new relationships with other banking individuals throughout the nation. It’s a fast paced learning environment, with great professors and a large amount of new information, but an extremely rewarding experience. I am grateful to know that Community Bank values the importance of my career growth and is willing to invest the time and money towards my education.”

    SPOTLIGHT ON: Swankridge

    Last updated 1 year ago

    If you've ever met the Swanks you know they are very interesting. They love animals, feeding people and supporting the community. One day we asked Sallyann to tell us how she became a business woman. Her family story is worth the read:

    “In 1979, as a nurse and single parent with two small children, I dreamed of opening my first business. I didn’t have any family in the area, and when I went to Community Bank they backed me financially as well as emotionally. With their help I opened Swankridge, a place I could provide quality care for the elderly. In 1984, my love for antiques turned into my second business. Eventually the finger food and tea I served to customers turned my antique store into a tea room. My sister Katie’s restaurant experience came in handy and the tea room became White Lion Café. As my children got older, it became a family business. My daughter Lory went to art school and is now our best chef. My son Shannon got his contractor’s license and now does all the work on our facilities. Even my grandkids, with their college funds, are part of the financial family. Community Bank is the BLOOD that flows through our veins. I don't think the average person understands how important a real hometown bank supports them, from a simple paycheck to keeping our small businesses in the mainstream of commerce.”

    In the photo are Katie P. Jones, Lory Swank, Kit Kat, Shannon Swank and Sallyann Swank

    CBF Supports Ladies Auxiliary

    Last updated 1 year ago

    CBF is pleased to support the Ladies Auxiliary Post #4127 in hosting their sixth annual Freedom Walk. The Freedom Walk is an event to reflect on the sacrifices of September 11th and express appreciation to our military men and women. It will be held on Saturday, September 8th at the VFW Post 4127, located at 601 NE 2nd Road in Homestead.

    The event is free and registration begins at noon. Activities include a reflection program, a two mile walk/jog/run/wheel, followed by a Celebration of Freedom at 2pm that includes lunch. Children and pets are welcome. Proceeds remaining after the event will be donated to the VFW Unmet Needs Fund, which assists soldiers with unexpected difficulties. If you have any further questions, please contact Leilani Weist at (786) 231-7621.

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