November 19, 1999


First National Bank Steps Forward to Assist Mexico Flood Victims

First National Bank announced that it has alined with the International Community Foundation to raise and direct funds to the victims of the devastating floods in central Mexico. More than 400 people have died and nearly 200,000 are homeless as a result of mudslides and flooding that began in mid-September.



Victims of the devastating floods in Mexico may soon see some relief in the form of food and supplies.

First National Bank has opened a special account for employees, customers and others wishing to make donations. With approximately one-third of its workforce of Hispanic descent, the bank is matching all employee contributions dollar for dollar.

"People in the affected cities and towns are facing unimaginable conditions with few if any resources to draw upon," said Leon Reinhart, president of First National Bank. "It is our hope that by matching our employee's contributions and encouraging community support as well, we will be able to provide the help that these people need. By working with the International Community Foundation, the bank is confident that all funds raised will be appropriately used for relief efforts including food and supplies."

Tax deductible donations of any amount can be made at any of the nine First National Bank branches throughout the county beginning now and continuing through December 1, 1999.

The San Diego International Community Foundation, a sister organization to the San Diego Community Foundation, serves as a conduit for contributions to charitable organizations in needy countries throughout the world, particularly Mex-ico. The organization currently operates under the direction of former California State Senator Lucy Killea.

First National Bank is a leading full-service San Diego commercial bank with more than $500 million in assets. The bank offers a comprehensive range of corporate and private banking services and is well known for its specialized expertise in international trade. It is the only financial institution with a foreign exchange trading floor. In addition to nine branches throughout the county, First National Bank has an office in Mexico City and a trade office in Orange County.

First National Bank branches are located in downtown San Diego, at 401 West A Street (main office) and 1620 Fifth Avenue; 1004 Rosecrans Street in Point Loma; 800 Silverado Street in La Jolla; 4225 Executive Square in the Golden Triangle; 2011 Palomar Airport Road in Carlsbad; 555 Broadway in Chula Vista; 418 West San Ysidro Blvd. in San Ysidro; and 2455 Otay Center Drive in Otay Mesa.

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