First Hope Bank takes part in ‘Costume for a Cure'

| 28 Sep 2011 | 03:01

Sussex County - Associates at all six First Hope offices dressed in costume Oct. 31 as part of the bank’s annual participation in “Costume for a Cure.” The event was sponsored by the Northern N.J. Leukemia and Lymphoma Society to raise funds for blood disease research. “Our associates really enjoy coming up with a different theme each year for each office,” said Donald D. Somma, senior executive vice president for retail operations/senior lender, adding that this marks the 14th year of the bank’s participation in Costume for a Cure. “And, our customers always wholeheartedly support the event through their donations.” Somma said that bank employees take to heart the Leukemia Society’s mission to cure leukemia, lymphoma, Hodgkin’s disease and myeloma, and to improve the quality of life for patients and their families. “One of our associates is a true inspiration to us in this fundraising effort,” Somma noted. “Her brother was diagnosed with childhood leukemia when he was three years old. Thanks to research and progress in treating this disease, he is a healthy sophomore at Hackettstown High School.”