The American Bankers Association Education Foundation has honored 11 banks and two bankers with its 1997 Award for Outstanding Contributions to Consumer Education.

The awards are given each year to honor efforts by banks and bankers to educate their communities about banking and personal finance, according to a release.

Recipients this year created one or more original presentations during the 1996-97 school year, established a financial education partnership with an educational group, took a leadership role in providing consumer education, and instituted a public relations program for their efforts, the association said.

The banker winners are Denise Abner, assistant cashier at Union National Bank and Trust in Barbourville, Ky., and Kimberly Machado, personal banking representative at Norwest Bank in Grand Junction, Colo.

The winning banks are First Regional Bank, Los Angeles; First National Bank of Manchester (Ky.); Beverly (Mass.) National Bank; Farmers State Bank, Elgin, N.D.; First Bank and Trust Co., Duncan, Okla.; BankWest, Pierre, S.D.; First Commerce Bank, Logan, Utah; Community National Bank, Derby, Vt.; Union Bank, Morrisville, Vt.; Associated Bank Green Bay (Wis.); and Port Washington (Wis.) State Bank.

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