The Stanly News and Press (Albemarle, NC)


March 27, 2012

First Bank Donates $25,000 to Discovery Place Kids-Rockingham

Tuesday, March 27, 2012 — Troy, N.C.-- First Bank has as pledged $25,000 to the comprehensive capital campaign for Discovery Place KIDS-Rockingham, a charitable organization dedicated to community improvement and capacity building. Discovery Place KIDS-Rockingham will offer creative learning-through-play experiences for children and their caregivers that build essential childhood skills by encouraging curiosity, discovery and play.

"First Bank is proud to make this contribution to Discovery Place KIDS-Rockingham, aimed at supporting a fun, interactive learning center for children," said Jerry Ocheltree, President and CEO of First Bank. "Contributing to our communities is a priority of First Bank, and this partnership with Discovery Place demonstrates the company's short and long-term commitment to families within the community."

The first Discovery Place KIDS opened in Huntersville, and its tremendous success helped propel the move toward a second KIDS facility in Rockingham.

"First Bank's entrustment of their dollars to the well-being of this part of the state embodies the definition of community," said John Mackay, president and CEO of Discovery Place, Inc. "We are grateful for their support that will help provide exceptional educational play opportunities for children from around the region."

First Bank made its initial $5,000 donation in May, 2011 and will put forward the same level of contribution annually.

About Discovery Place KIDS

Discovery Place KIDS is an innovative model in regional children's museums developed by Discovery Place, Inc., the parent company of Discovery Place and Charlotte Nature Museum. Discovery Place KIDS is built on the theme of "I CAN" and offers unique opportunities for learning through play for children and their parents or caregivers. For more information about Discovery Place KIDS, call (704) 372-6261 or

About Discovery Place

One of the top hands-on science museums in the nation, Discovery Place provides ever-changing, entertaining facilities that engage the public in the active exploration of science and nature. More than a half-million people from all over the United States visit Discovery Place, its IMAX Dome Theatre and Charlotte Nature Museum each year. In June 2010, the Museum completed an 18-month, $31.6 million renovation, resulting in a completely transformed and re-imagined Museum with all-new interactive exhibits. Discovery Place is supported, in part, with operating support from the Arts & Science Council. Connect with Discovery Place on Facebook, Twitter and YouTube. For more information about Discovery Place, call (704) 372-6261 or visit

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