First Fed sets date for centennial celebration

Bank with branches across Peninsula to have festivities in hometown

PORT ANGELES — First Fed Bank announced this week preliminary plans for a centennial celebration.

The free community event is set for Sept. 3, 2023.

It is expected to take place in the area around the Field Arts & Events Hall in downtown Port Angeles, the bank’s hometown.

“Our bank was founded in Port Angeles in 1923,” said Matt Deines, CEO of First Fed.

“While we have expanded significantly since then, our commitment to our customers and communities has only grown stronger over the last 100 years.”

First Fed, a subsidiary of First Northwest Bancorp, has branches in Port Angeles, Sequim, Forks and Port Townsend on the North Olympic Peninsula, as well as locations off the Peninsula.

“Our goal is to celebrate this major milestone with our team members, customers, and community,” said Derek Brown, the chief of human resources and marketing officer.

“We appreciate the contributions and support of the people who made it possible.”

The festivities will include fireworks, food trucks, beer garden, family activities, and live music performed by Pacific Northwest bands.

The performance line up will be announced next year when it is finalized, bank officials said.

“Our team looks forward to seeing familiar faces and meeting new people,” Deines said.

On calendar

The save-the-date will be included in the Proudly PNW 2023 calendar, available at First Fed branches starting on Monday.

The calendar also includes a scavenger hunt with 10 prizes available.

First Northwest Bancorp (Nasdaq: FNWB) is a bank holding company engaged in investment activities including the business activity of its subsidiary, First Fed Bank.

First Fed has 16 locations in Washington state including 12 full-service branches.

First Fed has been recognized by Puget Sound Business Journal as a best workplace, a middle market fast 50, and top corporate philanthropist in 2022.

By popular vote, First Fed received 2022 awards for Best Bank in the Best of the Northwest, Best Bank in Best of the Peninsula (Clallam and Jefferson), and Best Financial Advisor in Jefferson County.

Also, the community bank received a best-in-state bank award from Forbes in 2021.

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