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Level One Bank Partners with Toys for Tots for a Season of Giving

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: December 12, 2013      Contact: Don Tanner/ Justin Fisette: (248) 626-0006       

Gregory A. Wernette, EVP & Chief Lending Officer of Level One Bank (far right), helps Toys for Tots volunteers unload toys at the distribution center in Taylor, Michigan.  The facility was donated by Level One Bank for use during the holiday season.

FARMINGTON HILLS, Mich., – Beginning Friday, December 13, Toys for Tots will once again embark on its mission of providing holiday cheer to those who would otherwise go without.  These efforts have been made possible with the help of Level One Bank, a local bank that has donated a 4,080 square foot commercial facility at 7700 Telegraph Road in Taylor, to serve as a distribution center for Allen Park, Lincoln Park, Melvindale, Southgate and Taylor throughout the holiday season.

Over a nearly two week period, trucks will arrive at the distribution center bearing donated gifts for local children and families.  The gifts are then sorted and packaged from wish lists and made available for pickup. 

“The sheer number of toys donated each year is often overwhelming, even in a challenging economy,” said United States Marine Corps Sargent Chad R. Gump. “Our volunteers work tirelessly to ensure every child has a present to open on Christmas morning.”

“As a local bank, we play an important role in giving back to the communities we serve, especially during this time of year,” said Patrick J. Fehring, President & CEO of Level One Bank.  “There is nothing more fulfilling than bringing joy to a child at Christmastime and the Level One team is grateful for the opportunity to support such a great cause.”

Toys for Tots will continue to occupy the Level One Bank-owned facility through January, as additional donations are collected, helping to provide the organization with a head start for Christmas 2014.

About Level One Bank

Level One Bank is a full-service, 5-Star BauerFinancial rated commercial and consumer bank committed to connecting with unparalleled service and delivering outstanding financial solutions.  Owned and managed locally, Level One Bank is headquartered in Farmington Hills, Michigan with assets of approximately $600 million.  It currently operates seven full-service banking centers, located throughout Oakland County and the surrounding communities. Level One’s Commercial Division provides a complete menu of products including lines of credit, term loans, leases, commercial mortgages, SBA loans, Export-Import Financing and a full suite of Treasury Management services.  The Consumer Division offers personal savings and checking accounts, including free checking and competitive interest-bearing accounts such as Money Markets, IRAs, and CDs.  The bank also provides a complete array of consumer loan products including residential mortgages, home equity, auto, and credit card services.  Level One offers the sophistication of a big bank, the heart of a community bank, and the spirit of an entrepreneur. For more information, please visit

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