Independent Bank offices in the Great Lakes bay region will host a special community event on Friday, October 29, to celebrate their recent award of Best Bank from The Bay City Times. The celebration coincides with 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.

Independent Bank was recently selected by popular vote as the Five Star Best of the Best first place winner in the bank category. It also placed third in the mortgage and financial planning categories. To celebrate, all offices in the Bay City area are featuring special offers only available on October 29, and the chance for community members to register to win a $500 gift card.

“We are excited to celebrate a fun and exciting day with our communities,” said Kelly Wolgamott assistant vice president of HPC marketing for Independent Bank. “Community outreach is an important priority to the bank, and since they voted us as their favorite bank, we can’t think of a better way to give back.”

For more information on the Big Day and what activities will be going on in your community, visit your local Independent Bank office. The participating offices are the Bay City Main, Broadway, Euclid, Kroger at Euclid, Essexville, Auburn, Standish, Pinconning, CMU office, Midland, Mt. Pleasant, State Street, Center, Cardinal Square, Bridgeport Gratiot Road, Fashion Square and the SVSU offices. A complete listing of Independent Bank locations can be found online at