A successful community offers its citizens opportunities to come together in a place of fellowship where they can share cultures, interests, and goals while enriching their lives through access to arts, culture, humanities and athletics. First National Bank is proud to support a wide range of events, community celebrations and organizations that provide diverse experiences for our customers, employees and individuals within our communities. Below is a list of upcoming events that we support.

First National Bank Supports Breast Cancer Awareness Month


Meet our very own inspirational employee, Cheryl Stevens, dedicated to helping others through sharing her personal experience with breast cancer.

Be a ‘live-er’ and celebrate something every day!

Cheryl Stevens was diagnosed over 9 ½ years ago with breast cancer. When she first learned of her diagnosis, she was devastated, but Cheryl was able to turn her journey into something positive. And not just for herself, but for many other cancer patients. A hat shower thrown for her by family and friends inspired Cheryl. “You put a silly hat on, and you have no choice but to laugh,” said Cheryl, who used the power of laughter to ease her own treatments and now uses the healing power of humor to help others. Cheryl founded Flamingos for Hope (Friends Laughing, Achieving Miracles, Inspiring and Nurturing Gifts, Offering Smiles) out of her desire to brighten the lives of those affected by cancer through inspiration, laughter and fun.

Once every month, Cheryl leads her Flamingos for Hope to the Methodist Estabrook Cancer Center where they bring energy and inspiration materialized in the form of treats, silly head wear, and smiles to patients who are still undergoing their cancer treatments. “I’m passionate about giving people that chance to have a warm fuzzy during their treatment,” said Cheryl. “It takes their minds off the cancer for a little bit, and it’s just very rewarding. It makes me happy.”

First National Bank is proud to support Cheryl Stevens and her Flamingos for Hope. First National Bank employees are creating fun themed hats this October for Cheryl and her Flamingos for Hope to distribute on their monthly visits to the center for the remainder of the year.

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    October 21 | 10 AM - 5 PM | NIU Convocation Center

    STEMfest celebrates innovations in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM). Northern Illinois University STEM departments, student groups, regional corporations, museums, educators, and national labs are joining forces to present hundreds of activities that range in complexity to entertain people of all ages. We hope to increase awareness of the critical role science and other STEM fields play in our world every day.

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  • test Sycamore Downtown Trick-or-treating

    October 25 | 4:30-6 PM | Downtown Sycamore

    Kick-off Pumpkin Festival in downtown Sycamore during our Trick-or-Treating event! Downtown businesses will hand out tasty treats from 4:30-6:00 p.m. Then make your way to the courthouse lawn for the giant cake cutting!

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  • test Sycamore Pumpkin Festival

    October 25-29 | Downtown Sycamore

    The historic Sycamore Pumpkin Festival takes place on October 25-29th. Thousands of pumpkins, all painted or carved for judging, decorate the courthouse lawn, and food vendors dish up pumpkin pie, caramel apples and other fall favorites.

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  • test Pumpkin Run 10K

    October 29 | Downtown Sycamore

    The 39th Annual Pumpkin Run, held Sunday, October 29th, is a 10,000 meter USATF-sanctioned and certified road race, draws more than 1,800 registered racers from all over Northern Illinois and beyond. Starting gun goes off at 9:05 a.m. sharp!

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