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Greater State Bank Supports United Way’s Back To School Event

On the morning of August 2, Greater State Bank participated in United Way’s Back to School “In Style” Shopping Spree. In total, 6 volunteers served as shopping buddies to assist children in spending $125 gift cards on back to school items. The event, which served area middle schoolers in finding clothing and personal hygiene items, took place at the Target at 3600 West Nolana in McAllen. It is one of the many events that Greater State Bank participates in as a committed member of our community.

Spirit Award

Greater State Bank was honored to be 1 of 15 recent recipients of the United Way’s Spirit Award. This award, which recognizes exceptional levels of individual giving within area businesses, was given in response to the generous workplace donations provided by Greater State Bank’s employees.

The community-minded generosity of Greater State Bank’s employees is helping United Way provide critical services to more than 188,000 people throughout Hidalgo and Starr Counties. From domestic violence shelters to homework assistance, end-of-life care to youth leadership programs, these services are changing the lives of individuals and families throughout our valued community.

Additional recipients of the Spirit Award included Aurora House Foundation, Boy Scouts Rio Grande Council, Boys & Girls Club of Pharr/San Juan, Greater State Bank, H-E-B Border Region Office, H-E-B RSCDistribution Center, Mayfair Properties-RIOCO Corporation, Navy Army Community Credit Union-Weslaco, NuStar, Security Service Federal Credit Union, South Texas Federal Credit UnionMcAllen, Target District Office, United Way of South Texas and United Parcel Service (UPS).

Texas Cook-em

Greater State Bank was proud to participate in the 16th annual Texas Cook’Em: High Steaks BBQ competition in Edinburg.

The July 2 event featured Greater State Bank and other competitors from around the state battling it out to cook the best barbecue, from chicken and ribs to steak and brisket.

While Greater State Bank did not go home with the $25,000 prize, they did enjoy exciting participation in a popular community event.

The Texas Cook’Em: High Steaks is an annual competition designed to bring the community together in celebration of great barbecue. With all-day festivities, a fireworks show, skydiving, and a car-truck show, the event draws families and individuals from across the Valley.

Bertha Suarez, Greater State Bank Weslaco Branch Manager, Set To Retire

Bertha Suarez will end almost 5 decades of banking experience and community service on June 30, 2022.

June 8, 2022

Greater State Bank

Weslaco, TX. Bertha Suarez, who has served as Greater State Bank’s Weslaco Branch Manager for the last 5 years, will retire at the end of June. Prior to her time at Greater State Bank, she spent 42 years working with Weslaco area banks.

Suarez dedicated her career to serving the Weslaco area with personalized and experienced banking services, earning her a reputation as a reliable, knowledgeable, and community-minded leader in the RGV banking industry.

“Bertha has been one of Greater State Bank’s most valued employees,” says Robert McGurk, Greater State Bank President and CEO, “because her extensive experience and customer-centric attitude make Greater State Bank’s Weslaco branch a welcoming place to do banking. She is, in many ways, the heart of our Weslaco branch.”

In addition, Suarez has dedicated her life to improving the Weslaco area and has served as a community leader across numerous organizations. Currently, she serves as Board Member of the Knapp Community Care Foundation/Knapp Medical Center Foundation. From 2018 to 2019, she served as that organization’s chair.

Suarez also currently serves on the boards of the John Knox Village of the Rio Grande Valley and Weslaco Crime Stoppers, Inc. and is a member of the Weslaco Rotary Club.

Suarez’ extensive community service has been recognized multiple times through the conferring of awards, including the Weslaco Area Chamber of Commerce Woman of the Year and the Weslaco Area Chamber of Commerce Director of the Year. In 2004, she also received the Alamo Bank of Texas Paul Marihugh Award.

Suarez will spend her retirement pursuing her passion for football and baseball, spending time with family and friends, and continuing to serve her beloved Weslaco community.

Greater State Bank invites the Weslaco community to stop by our Weslaco branch before June 30 to congratulate Suarez on her retirement.

About Greater State Bank

With locations in Falfurrias, Hebbronville, McAllen and Weslaco, Greater State Bank is truly a South Texas banking partner for families and businesses looking for a progressive, forward-thinking bank that delivers a level of customer service that is missing in so much of banking today. The bank is owned and managed by South Texas residents who understand this unique part of Texas and how business and banking are done here. With local decisions, local management and all the technology and services associated with larger banks, Greater State Bank is proud to play a major role in the growth of South Texas.

Scholarship Night

Last week, representatives from Greater State Bank’s Hebbronville branch attended the 2022 Scholarship Night and pre-event meal at the Hebbronville High School.

This evening was a special opportunity for us to show our support for Hebbronville and the talented, driven youth who are Hebbronville’s future.

Thank you, Hebbronville High, for a wonderful evening and for the effort you put into ensuring that students have every opportunity to succeed!

Greater State Bank Leadership Attends Shrimp Boil Fundraiser In Weslaco

Top leaders from Greater State Bank attended the 25th annual Memorial Shrimp Boil put on by the Weslaco Elks Lodge.

Attendees included Greater State Bank CEO Robert McGurk, Bertha Suarez, Weslaco Branch Manager and her husband, David, their guests Robert & Vilma Rodriguez, Senior Loan Officer David Amaro, Lender James Cano and BSA Officer John Cardenas.

This annual fundraiser provides money for local scholarships. By supporting this event, Greater State Bank is proud to help support the wider Weslaco community and maintain its community-minded focus and service.

Su Casa De Esperanza – Early Childhood Development Program

Its an organization that focuses on families living in Texas specifically living in the lower rio grande valley. Their center in Pharr and Progreso serve 633 Participants. Staff equip and support families even before a new baby enters the world, and then, provide early childhood education services to the entire family.

Attended by: FVP, Victor P. Barbosa and wife, Gloria Barbosa and son, Xavier Barbosa.

Greater State Bank served as a sponsor for this event to benefit Su Casa De Esperanza.

When: Thursday April 28th

Where: Top Golf (3rd Annual Fundraiser)

Greater State Bank Burger Fundraiser Benefits Miller Fire Victims

On April 18, Greater State Bank staff Linda Olivárez, Delia Jackson, and Miguel Díaz presented victims of the March 4 Miller Fire with the proceeds from the bank’s April burger fundraiser.This event was part of GSB’s commitment to supporting Falfurrias community members who suffered the loss of belongings and homes in the wildfire.

The well-attended event provided enough proceeds to help victims as they continue to rebuild their lives and reflects Greater State Bank’s commitment to the wellbeing of each customer and community member.

Greater State Bank Sponsors Onion Fest 2022 In Weslaco

Greater State Bank served as a Sponsor for Onion Fest 2022 in Weslaco, Texas on Saturday, March 26, 2022. Branch Manager, Bertha Suarez, judged this year’s Pet Costume Contest as well.

GSB Employees Bertha Suarez, Thelma Marroquin, Amparo Guerrero, Cris Torres and James Cano served as volunteers at the event.

It was held downtown Weslaco and featured a variety of vendor booths, a car show and musical entertainment all day and night, with Elida Y Avante headlining the concert.