Independent Bank offices across the state of Michigan will be promoting local Christmas trees grown in Michigan on December 3, 2010, by displaying trees in and around their offices. Associates will celebrate the start of the new cycle in the bank’s gift program, which offers free gifts to new checking customers and current customers who refer friends and family.

Many of the offices will promote their local Christmas tree farms with a tree donated by a farm on December 3. The offices are planning to donate their trees to a family in need or hold a raffle and draw a winner for a tree. “We are excited to partner with Independent Bank,” said Marcia Gray, Michigan Christmas Tree Association (MCTA) Executive Director. “Their outreach in the communities they serve will help spread the message for local Christmas tree farmers across the state.”

The MCTA reports that Michigan ranks third in the U.S. for Christmas tree production and Christmas trees supply $45 million to Michigan’s economy annually.

“We are proud to promote such a wonderful initiative,” said Kelly Wolgamott assistant vice president of HPC marketing for Independent Bank. “We think it is important to support our local businesses in each of our communities, and this is the perfect way to support our farmers during the holiday season.”

For more information about the MCTA, visit For more information on the Big Day, visit your local Independent Bank office. A complete listing of Independent Bank locations can be found online at