Relay For LifeIndependent Bank’s Big Rapids office raised $2,059 to fight cancer for the Mecosta County Relay For Life. Leading up to and during the event in September, the office held several other fundraisers, such as hosting bake sales and lunch. The Relay, which featured a retro theme, was held at Hemlock Park in Big Rapids.

Independent Bank’s team consisted of bank associates, their families and friends. By walking in the Relay, participants honor cancer survivors and raise awareness to help fuel the world's largest walk to end cancer.

“We would like thank the Big Rapids area community and the many volunteers for their support,” said Jim Badgero, vice president of community banking at Independent Bank.

Shown in the photo: Independent Bank’s Mary Willmer (left) and Gina Warmbein (right) welcomed walkers to Independent Bank’s tent at the event.