The Revolution played host to a slew of slick rides not always seen on the road. This spring, community banking and classic cars were perfectly paired for the Independence Bank Cruise In. The free event, featuring lunch by the Bank, family-friendly fun and a fundraising element, hosted a line of 76 cars and more than 500 attendees.

Independence Bank’s inaugural Cruise In was started in the fall of 2022. Because of its huge success, Bank leaders began planning a spring and fall event to continue the fun in 2023.

“We have heard stories of our customers’ love of car shows and even owning their own,” Independence Bank Loan Officer and Location Manager Holly Brunson stated. “The idea was simply to put on an event where people could bond over their passions, while keeping the needs of our community in mind. It is an enjoyable event that brings us together and builds community.”

As an added bonus, in true Independence Bank fashion, local nonprofits were invited to be featured at the shows. Knowing there are so many organizations essential to the Franklin County area, Independence Bank offers a helping hand to ensure these community services continue.
“Our Cruise In events have allowed us to raise year-round awareness for nonprofit agencies which are truly making a difference in the community,” Bank President Greg Burton shared. “Our Independence Bank family is supportive by giving of their time and talents as board members and officers of these organizations. We can offer support through event partnerships as well.”

This spring, adoptable animals from the Franklin County Humane Society brought bright smiles to the Cruise In while donations were accepted to support the construction of its new building.

The Humane Society has been caring for local animals since the 1960s. Its current location has been through multiple floods as the building is located along the Kentucky River. The animals in the shelter needed a new home and continued fundraising efforts have resulted in the construction of a brand new facility which opened in June.

“Anytime our community supporters invite us to participate in a special event where we can bring shelter animals out into the community, it is a happy day for us and our shelter pets,” said Jody Spaulding, Program Coordinator of the Franklin County Humane Society. “We spoke to multiple individuals who are interested in shelter pets who are eligible for adoption.”

Looking ahead, Independence Bank will host a third Cruise In on Saturday, October 21. The fall event will welcome both returning car enthusiasts and new participants to be a part of the fun. Donations will be accepted for the Emergency Community Food Pantry of Franklin County as the holiday season arrives quickly after.