Halloween Photo Contest Winner

Just in time for a Halloween treat, check out the winning photo from our most recent photo contest! Participants were asked to enter their best Halloween photo to be viewed by our panel of judges. We received a number of creative entries which made it hard to choose the best photo, but one lucky member took home a $250 Visa Gift Card, and their photo will be featured in our Fall Newsletter Magazine!

Congratulations to our contest winner and member, Mary Ann Berrigan! This photo features Mary Ann with her daughters (two of whom are also First Financial members) posing for a “witchy” picture in Salem, Massachusetts.

You don’t have to wait to participate in our next photo contest because it’s going on now! Submit your Best Landscape Photo of a previous vacation or of an outdoor scene that you truly love. You have until December 31st to impress our panel of judges to win the grand prize, a $250 Visa Gift Card.

You can find our contest updates and reminders on our Facebook page, and on our Twitter page. The new winning photo will be published in our Spring 2013 Newsletter Magazine.

Once again, congrats to Mary Ann and her family and thank you to everyone who entered!


Nicole Aleta of Lakewood Wins First Financial’s 2012 Summer Reading Contest

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Nicole Aleta of Lakewood is First Financial’s 2012 Reader Rewards Annual Summer Reading Contest Winner.

Aleta, a 7th grader and member of First Financial’s Toms River Branch took part in the competition by reading 13 books during the entry period of July 2 to August 31. First Financial members up to age 18 were eligible to read books and earn $1 rewards per book (up to 10 books), and with each book read, they were also entered into a drawing to win the grand prize of a $100 Barnes & Noble gift card (number of entries unlimited).

“Summer is a wonderful time to teach children the joys of reading,” said Issa Stephan, President and CEO of First Financial. “We thought this would be a fun way to encourage them to do so, and open their eyes to a world of imagination.”

To learn more about our annual summer reading contest, visit our previous blog post.

You Could Win the Football Experience of a Lifetime with Your Visa Credit Card!



When you use your consumer or business VISA credit cards betweenOctober 1st and November 30th, each swipe will earn you an entry into VISA’s latest sweepstakes to win the grand prize of a trip for two, to the 2013 Super Bowl in New Orleans!

The grand prize includes:

  • A 5 day/4 night trip for two (2), to Super Bowl XLVII in New Orleans
  • Hotel accommodations (one room, double occupancy)
  • Two tickets to Super Bowl XLVII
  • Two tickets to a lunch or dinner event with an NFL player
  • Two tickets to Saturday night’s pre-Super Bowl party
  • Two tickets to an NFL tailgate before the Super Bowl
  • A $500 Visa Gift Card
  • Local transportation for all activities
  • Tunnel access at the Super Bowl to greet NFL players onto the field

For more details on this sweepstakes visit campaigns.pscu.com/visapromotion/credit.html or like us Facebook page and then navigate to the tabs on the top of the page.

Not a First Financial VISA Platinum Credit Cardholder but want to get in on the sweepstakes? Apply today!

You could win the football experience of a lifetime, when you use your First Financial VISA Platinum Credit Card!

**NO PURCHASE NECESSARY. Void where prohibited. PIN-based & International transactions ineligible. Starts 10/1/12. Ends 11/30/12. Open to legal U.S. residents, 18+. Restrictions Apply. Click here for Official Rules, participating credit unions & complete details.


First Financial Celebrates 76 Years in Business with the BlueClaws

On August 20th, we celebrated 76 years in business by sponsoring a Lakewood BlueClaws game at FirstEnergy Park. It was a beautiful night out for baseball and fun for all attendees. Thousands of fans gathered to watch the BlueClaws beat the Delmarva Shorebirds and celebrate the credit union’s 76th anniversary. One First Financial member who entered our Payoff Pitch Contest in a branch before the game, and one lucky fan who entered at the game each got the chance to win a $250 VISA® Gift Card if the BlueClaws hit a homerun on the 76th pitch of the game. We also raffled off a baseball themed gift basket for another fan to win, as well as two (2) tickets were raffled off to a First Financial member to watch the game from the Champions Club Suite and celebrate with the First Financial staff at the game. Fans also took home a Penny Smart and Buster mousepad giveaway!


From left to right: Buster, First Financial President & CEO – Issa Stephan, Penny Smart, First Financial Business Development Director – Kathy Zimmer, First Financial Marketing Manager – Jessica Revoir and a BlueClaws Player.

Unfortunately, a homerun was not hit on the 76th pitch of the game, but First Financial member Faith Clayton of Brick and lucky fan Brendan Kunzman of Brick each won a $76 VISA® Gift Card. Geraldine Hennicke of Manchester won the First Financial baseball themed gift basket and Lisa Davenport of Lakewood was the First Financial member who won the two (2) Champions Club Suite tickets for the game on 8/20. Congratulations to all!


Left: Lucky Fan – Geraldine Hennicke of Manchester, and Right: Lucky Fan – Brendan Kunzman of Brick with their prizes.

First Financial President and CEO, Issa Stephan, threw the ceremonial first pitch to start the game. Nancy Culp, First Financial’s AVP of Lending and Sales, also took to the radio during the 2nd inning of the game to speak with WOBM-AM 1160 & 1310 about the benefits of First Financial membership, what a credit union is, and First Financial products and services.


Pitch%20Countdown-resized-600Above: First Financial’s President & CEO – Issa Stephan throwing the first pitch alongside Penny Smart and Kathy Zimmer (top), and the countdown for the 76th pitch (bottom).

We would like to thank everyone who came out to support us and celebrate! We hope to see you next year and we invite you to continue visiting our blog, Facebook and Twitter to keep up to date with First Financial and check out some more opportunities to win great monthly prizes, see our upcoming seminars and events, and learn some important financial tips.

The Results are In! First Financial Foundation Pedometer Challenge Winners

CONGRATULATIONS to the Top 10 Walkers of the First Financial Foundation Pedometer Walking Challenge!

Top 3 Walkers:

  1. Marcy Van Zile of Pine Beach – 160,200 steps/80.11 miles 
  2. Shawn Olsen of Brick – 142,050 steps/71.03 miles
  3. Blanca Houseworth (First Financial IT Help Desk) – 128,962 steps/64.48 miles
Pictured Above: Marcy Van Zile of Pine Beach
Shawn%20Olsen%20-%20Top%203Pictured Above: Shawn Olsen of Brick
Pictured Above: Blanca Houseworth – IT Support at First Financial 
Within the Top 10:
  4.  Mitch Nowak of Tinton Falls – 125,511 steps/62.75 miles
  5.  Tina Shymko of Brick – 91,113 steps/45.55 miles
  6.  Lynn Reich of Freehold – 90,239 steps/45.11 miles
  7.  Samantha Schertz (First Financial – Financial Services Consultant Toms River Branch) – 75,665 steps/37.83 miles
  8.  Judy Van Nostrand of Oakhurst – 55,750/27.88 miles
  9.  Sue Hurley (First Financial Executive Assistant) – 40,983 steps/20.49 miles
 10. Graham Stevens (First Financial JFAC Managing Director) – 7,000 steps/3.5 miles

As a reminder, the top 3 walkers will be featured in our Fall 2012 Newsletter Magazine, and the top 10 walkers have received exclusive Foundation t-shirts. Thank you to all who participated in this year’s Pedometer Challenge.

For more information about the First Financial Foundation and how you can donate to support scholarships and classroom grants for local teachers, visit us at  www.firstfinancialfoundation.org or stop into any First Financial branchwhere you can make a donation (every dollar helps!) at any time. Thank you for all the continued support!


First Financial Wants to Help You Earn Grant Money for Your School in 2012-2013

ffnj%20foundation%20logo%20h2-resized-600Since First Financial Federal Credit Union began with a group of Asbury Park schoolteachers back in 1936, we’ll never forget our educational roots. That’s why if you’re a current Monmouth or Ocean County educator, the First Financial Foundation wants to give YOU the opportunity to enter to win a classroom grant to use at your school. The Foundation will be awarding four (4) $500 classroom grants for the 2012-2013 school year!  

teacher%20grant%20moneyHow to Enter:

  • Tell us in 500 words or less how you would spend the grant in your classroom or what your goals for the grant would be.
  • The First Financial Foundation will be begin accepting essays on September 4th, and they can be submitted to foundation@firstffcu.com. Please be sure to include your name and position, school name, school address and your school phone and e-mail address so we can contact the grant recipients in October.
  • Time is limited. Please complete and send your essays to the Foundation no later than 11:59pm on October 5th.
  • Grant recipients will be notified by October 19th. The First Financial Foundation will judge all entries received by the deadline, and determine the four (4) most deserving applicants from the entries received.

Good Luck!