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Republic First Bancorp, Inc., the parent company of Republic Bank, announced support to The Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia (CHOP) through the Pennsylvania Educational Improvement Tax Credit Program (EITC).  In addition, the regional banking leader surprised CHOP patients by inviting the Mummers Golden Sunrise New Year’s Association to the hospital for a special performance and a fun, decorative workshop.

“As a bank focused on supporting our local community, we take great pride in supporting local organizations that are truly making a difference in the lives of so many citizens in Philadelphia and South Jersey,” said Harry Madonna, Chairman and CEO of Republic Bank.  “CHOP is one of the world’s leading research hospitals, caring for thousands of children each year – we could not be prouder to help make each child’s stay just a bit easier.”

Republic Bank’s donation will support CHOP’s Hospital School Program, which enables school-age children to continue their education while in the hospital.  Certified teachers work with the patient’s classroom teacher, as well as the child’s medical team, to provide educational services.  Participating in the program helps children stay on track in school and aims to reduce stress brought on by hospitalization.  The bank’s donation will also fund additional programs aimed at ensuring patients enjoy the childhood experience even while receiving treatment or recovering at CHOP.

Understanding that many of the children at the hospital were unable to attend the Mummers New Year’s Day Parade, Republic Bank brought members of the Golden Sunrise Fancy Division for a surprise visit.  To the delight of the patients, Golden Sunrise, dressed in their famously ornate costumes, engaged with the children in a variety of fun activities, including learning to perform the classic Mummers strut and helping them to create their own festive hats.