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PREMIER Helps Bring Airshow to City

August 8, 2016

On a hot summer weekend in July, the Sioux Falls Airshow, Power on the Prairie 2016 drew more than 150,000 people to explore the wonders of the ground and sky. As the “ACE” sponsor for the event, First PREMIER Bank/PREMIER Bankcard helped to make it a free event to the entire hometown community to get up close and personal with the aircraft and watch pilots perform stunts directly overhead.

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PREMIER CEO’s Passion for Running Leads to Sponsorship of Community Track Events

June 28, 2016

When Rich Greeno, renowned local high school boys cross country coach, approached PREMIER in 1994 about sponsoring and supporting community track meets for kids and adults of all ages, we had to get in on the action. Coach Greeno had a reputation for being one of the best coaches in South Dakota with national recognition. He even coached journalist Tom Brokaw at Yankton High School in South Dakota. Coach Greeno started these summer track meets in the early ‘70s. PREMIER Bankcard CEO, Miles Beacom, has been a long-time runner and participated when he was in junior high school.

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Employees Take a Break to Lend a Hand

March 15, 2016

Stuffing envelopes and making packets may not seem like a grand gesture. However, this type of work is making a difference for local charities. PREMIER employees have a spirit of service. Often, organizations will reach out to PREMIER to inquire if staff can help with office-friendly work during their lunch hour or over breaks. In 2015, employees contributed more than 390 hours to this cause—also known as PREMIER Volunteer Fairs. Here are just a few examples of how PREMIER’s dedicated employees impacted the community while at work.

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Investing in Our Community PREMIER By the Numbers

How many hours did employees donate in 2015?

February 10, 2016

It’s time for the big reveal! Here’s the breakdown of First PREMIER Bank and PREMIER Bankcard employee community efforts in 2015. 30,580 Total Hours Volunteered PREMIER employees donated 30,580 hours to different philanthropic causes in 2015. This includes school and sport-related volunteering and service clubs, community events, and board and committee participation. We’re proud to be a top company for employee volunteering and mentoring. First PREMIER Bank and PREMIER Bankcard promotes a culture of giving, and our employees help us fulfill our vision to help our communities grow.

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PREMIER Employees Gather Care Packages for Troops

January 27, 2016

In December, PREMIER Bankcard Collections and Credit departments joined together to gather care packages for a regional troop. PREMIER employees collected instant coffee, personal hygiene items, prepaid phone cards, stationery, magazines, DVDs, canned food, jerky, and more. Then items were placed into individual boxes for a soldier to receive. This concept stemmed from Operation Shoebox—a nonprofit organization that collects and distributes care packages to deployed soldiers. It was established as a way to boost morale and meet needs beyond the basic shelter and food the U.S. Military provides, as many soldiers don’t receive care packages.

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The PREMIER Culture: Kicking Hunger to the Curb

December 30, 2015

PREMIER Bankcard and First PREMIER Bank have always endeavored to make an impact on the communities our employees call home. Even though we serve customers nationwide, our local communities center around four South Dakota cities: Sioux Falls, Watertown, Huron, and Dakota Dunes.

For the past three years, our employees have contributed to a large-scale food drive to help Feeding South Dakota (an affiliate of Feeding America) and other local area food banks. Through this organization, approximately 21,000 South Dakota individuals and families receive packaged foods and goods every week, and over 5,000 kids are fed every weekend. They provide a basic need for children and adults who might otherwise go hungry.

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Chad’s Locker at Sanford Children’s Hospital

June 11, 2015

Minnesota Vikings’ linebacker, Chad Greenway, unveiled his Chad’s Locker at Sanford Children’s Hospital in Sioux Falls, SD. First PREMIER Bank and PREMIER Bankcard are pleased to sponsor Chad’s Locker, a program of Chad’s Lead the Way Foundation. Chad’s Locker is filled with kid-friendly laptop computers, video gaming systems, and iPads that provide patients and their families access to technology as an outlet for entertainment and communication during their hospital stays. Patients and their families were in the lobby to meet Chad Greenway and his family and get their Vikings gear signed by the South Dakota native. Dave Rozenboom said, “PREMIER is thrilled to partner with Chad and his Lead the Way Foundation to bring “Chad’s Locker” to Sanford Children’s. The room was full of smiles as the kids met Chad and his family and when the contents of the locker were revealed.”

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Making a Difference: United Way

January 13, 2015

First PREMIER Bank/PREMIER Bankcard have always taken a leadership role when it comes to participating in the United Way. So when the Sioux Empire United Way set their 2015 Campaign Goal at just over $10 million dollars, PREMIER once again rose to the challenge. As of December 2014, PREMIER corporate and employee pledges are over $1 million towards the overall United Way goal. “We are excited that through the generosity of our staff we are 10% of the United Way giving in the Sioux Empire area,” said Miles Beacom, President and CEO of PREMIER Bankcard. The PREMIER goal was originally $700,000. However, Denny Sanford, owner of First PREMIER Bank/PREMIER Bankcard provided a challenge to the staff that if they met the goal, he would pledge an additional $300,000 to the $1 million pledge.

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