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Local Bank gives back
$6,400 given to local organizations
Catholic Charities receives a $500 contribution in memory of Melvin and Marilyn Schartz, Wednesday at the Farmers Bank and Trust annual Charity Coffee in Great Bend. Pictured, back row, from left: Robert Rugan from Farmers Bank & Trust, Bruce Mellor, Bud Schartz and W. R. Robbins, corporate president of Farmers Bank & Trust. Front row: Lori Titsworth, Catholic Charities, and Amy Schartz Mellor.

Farmers Bank and Trust of Great Bend held its annual Charity Coffee on Wednesday and donated $6,400 to local organizations to use to help the community in many different ways.

“This marks our 22nd year in giving back to the community through our charity coffee,” Farmers Bank Chairman and CEO W.R. Robbins said. “The bank has a tradition for the last 22 years to give back to the community. We are very pleased to do this every year around the holiday season.”  

The three biggest donations were made first with ElderCare receiving $500, St. Francis Community Services receiving $400 and Rosewood Services Roots and Wings Foundation receiving $300. Barton County Young Men’s Organization, Housing Opportunities Inc. and Live Like Jesus Today Ministries each received $200 donations. St. Francis Ministries also won the extra $200 for bringing the most members and volunteers to represent their organization.  

In addition, the bank awarded $100 and $50 contributions to the remaining organizations, together with Yvonne Robbins’ $50 matching funds to those recipients, for a total of $6,400 given this year. There were 35 organizations in all that received donations from the bank.

In addition, Catholic Charities received a $500 contribution in memory of Melvin and Marilyn Schartz who passed away this year. Melvin Schartz served as a director and was affiliated with the bank for 30 years.