Press Release

April 24, 2017 - First Columbia Goes on Offense Against Drugs with Former NBA Player Chris Herren

Bloomsburg, PA - First Columbia Bank & Trust Co. will present REBOUND — The Chris Herren Story at 7:00 p.m. on Wednesday, May 17, 2017 at Gross Auditorium in Carver Hall on the campus of Bloomsburg University. The presentation is free and open to the public. Seating is limited and is first come first served. Doors open at 6:00 p.m. Free parking is available at the adjacent Tri-Level Parking Garage on campus.

First Columbia Bank is honored to team with former NBA player Chris Herren to take on the problem of substance abuse in our communities.  In this very personal presentation, Chris will share his story in a brutally honest format with just a microphone. The event will start with a short video introducing Chris Herren and showing highlights of his basketball career and his dream to play in the NBA, which began to unravel by making a few bad decisions. From growing up in Fall River, MA to playing Division 1 basketball and in the NBA, he will take the audience on his journey from addiction to sobriety. Additionally, he will relate his story to the audience addressing themes of gateway drugs, prescription drug abuse, drinking and driving as well as self harm. To conclude the event, Chris will field questions from the audience. After the presentation, Chris will greet anyone who may need to speak with him further regarding themselves or a loved one.

Lance Diehl, President & CEO, offered, “Addiction is a disease that affects people from all walks of life, and the related crime, arrests, overdoses and deaths in our area is alarming. Our hope is to raise awareness among our youth about the dangers and reinforce just how easily and quickly addiction can take hold.”

In addition to the public evening presentation, First Columbia Bank, in conjunction with the local school districts, has arranged for students in grades 9 through 12 to hear Chris speak at one of two special presentations he will deliver at Bloomsburg University on the mornings of May 17th and 18th. High School students from Benton, Millville, Bloomsburg, Central Columbia, Berwick Vo-Tech, Southern Columbia, Columbia County Christian, and Danville are scheduled to attend. These morning presentations are for high school students only and are closed to the press and the public.  

Maria Valles, Marketing Director, added, “If you know us, you know how committed we are to our community and our youth. Giving them a chance to hear Chris’ inspiring message is just one way we can show our support for young people and help them make good decisions in their lives.”   

Questions and press inquiries should be directed to Maria Valles at 570.387.7174 or

First Columbia Bank & Trust Co. has been a local community bank for nearly 120 years. With nearly $674 million in assets as of  December 31, 2016, First Columbia offers a full complement of banking and financial services to individuals and businesses throughout Columbia County and the surrounding area. The locally owned and managed bank operates thirteen branch offices in the communities of Benton, Berwick, Bloomsburg, Buckhorn, Catawissa, Elysburg, Lightstreet, Orangeville, Millville, and Scott Township, with its fourteenth branch slated to open in June 2017 in Danville, Montour County.