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    Community Bank of Florida Donates to Student Operation Smile Club

    Last updated 2 years ago

    CBF is proud to support the Westminster Christian School’s Operation Smile Club. The students are holding a Charity Walk fundraising event at Baptist Hospital on December 4th at 10:00am to benefit Operation Smile. There will be many exciting raffle items, including an iPod.

    Operation Smile is an international children's medical charity that heals children's smiles, forever changing their lives. They are a mobilized force of medical professionals and caring hearts that provide safe, effective reconstructive surgery for children born with facial deformities such as cleft lip and cleft palate. Every three minutes a child is born with a cleft; often unable to eat, speak, socialize or smile. In some places these children are shunned and rejected. In many cases, their parents can't afford to give them the surgeries they need to live a normal life. Since 1982, Operation Smile, with the help of dedicated medical volunteers in over 60 countries, has provided more than 2 million patient evaluations and over 200,000 free surgeries for children and young adults born with cleft lips, cleft palates and other facial deformities.

    The Westminster Operation Smile Student Club was formed by Madison Lupino, Michelle Diaz and other fellow students. Madison is a senior at Westminster and plans to major in psychology in college and eventually work with children. When she learned about Operation Smile, she felt the need to help the organization and the club was born. Now it is one of the largest clubs in the school. Madison thanks all the generous donors who have come on board to help this worthy cause.

    Happy Thanksgiving from all of us at Community Bank of Florida!

    Last updated 2 years ago

    We will be closed on November 24th to celebrate Thanksgiving Day, but will be open regular hours on Friday the 25th. Have a safe and happy Thanksgiving everyone!

    SPOTLIGHT on Lazy Days Restaurant

    Last updated 2 years ago

    We recently sat down with Chef Lupe & Michelle Ledesma, the owners of Lazy Days restaurant in Islamorada to interview them for a testimonial ad. Chef Lupe told us their story of falling in love with each other and the restaurant business:

    “My wife and I have been in the restaurant business since we were teenagers. We met while working together at the same restaurant in Key Largo, fell in love and eventually married. We started running our own restaurant and nine years ago, we took over the Lazy Days Restaurant.

    Recently, we decided to refinance the business, but our bank was unable to help us. Our friend Sam Nekhaila told us he was on the Keys Board at Community Bank and that they could help. He introduced us to Carlos and from day one, Carlos found us solutions. His hard work got us approved for a Small Business Administration loan and we couldn’t be happier!”

    Visit their website to see the full menu at: or visit them at Mile Marker 79, Oceanside to taste their award winning food. Reservations recommended: (305) 664-5256.

    • Chef Lupe and Michelle Ledesma
    • Lazy Days Restaurant

    Davindrel Sahatoo Celebrates 10 Years with Community Bank

    Last updated 2 years ago

    Community Bank of Florida is proud to celebrate Davindrel Sahatoo’s 10th Anniversary as a member of their Financial Family. Mr. Sahatoo is currently the bank’s Special Assets Assistant. He has previous banking experience and since joining Community Bank, he has gained experience in several areas, including the teller area and electronic banking department.

     Davindrel was born in Trinidad, West Indies and currently lives in Homestead. He enjoys spending time with his wife and daughters, as well as fishing and sports. He has worked hard to further his formal education, and holds a Bachelor’s degree in Business Management as well as a Master’s degree in Business Administration.

     Excited about his anniversary, Davindrel stated, “Community Bank is a great place to work. I like working in a place that cares about the community as well.”


    "People's Choice Cocktail Competition" Winner

    Last updated 2 years ago

    Joshua Zajack, a 22 year old education student from Key Largo, was the winner of the "People's Choice Cockail Competition" at the Key Largo Chamber's Cook Off. The cocktail contest was in honor of the 100th anniversary of the completion of Henry Flagler's Florida Keys Over-Sea Railroad.

    Joshua grew up in New Jersey, and remembers drinking warm apple cider on cold days. This inspired him to create "Flagler's Rusty Spike." The adult beverage is made of equal parts apple cider, Goldschlager cinnamon shnapps and Laird's Applejack brandy. He garnished it with brown sugar to symbolize rust and a cinnamon stick as a railroad spike. Joshua received bragging rights as well as $100 cash. Congratulations Joshua!


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