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May 2014 

Time to Play Ball

Kickball 4 Kids 

First National Rio Grande is excited to sponsor the Kickball 4 the Kids tournament. The event is a fund raiser for the Active 20/30 Club of Albuquerque, a group of young professionals under forty who support community and charitable programs that benefit the children of New Mexico.  Register today!

Parade of Playhouses


First National Rio Grande is the premier sponsor of New Mexico Appleseed’s annual fundraising event “Parade of Playhouses.” Through this unique and fun event, the best architects and builders of our community partnered to build ten imaginative 8’x10’x 12’ playhouses that will be auctioned off on May 2nd 2014 at the ABQ Zoo. All proceeds from the auction benefit New Mexico Appleseed, a nonpartisan, nonprofit organization focused on issues like hunger, education and homelessness. Learn more

On Board for Charity Cruise


First National Rio Grande is sponsoring the 2014 El Ranchitos de los Ninos Charity Cruise to be held in May. As an alternative to foster care, El Ranchitos de los Ninos provides a safe, loving home where children grow in a supportive, family farm setting. Details

April 2014

Celebrating for Sandia Prep

 Sandia Prep

First National Rio Grande is a sponsor of Sandia Prep’s Noche de Celebración. The April 26th gala will draw up to 500 guests in support of the School’s track program. Founded in 1966, Sandia Prep is an independent co-ed school (grades 6 –12) with a nationally recognized college preparatory program. Learn more

March 2014

Hall of Fame Awards

UNM Anderson 

First National Rio Grande is proud to sponsor the UNM Anderson School of Management’s 25th annual Hall of Fame Awards banquet on March 13th 2014. Hall of Fame candidates are selected for their professional success, contribution to the community, and ongoing commitment to continuing education. Funds raised from the event will support the Hall of Fame Endowed Scholarship fund.
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Chocolate Fantasty Gala


First National Rio Grande is pleased to sponsor the NM Museum of Natural History Foundation’s annual Chocolate Fantasy event on March 2nd 2014. This popular gala event features chocolate creations by some of New Mexico’s finest chefs. Proceeds from the gala will further the cultural and scientific programs of the Museum.

February 2014

Growing New Mexico's Economy


First National Rio Grande is proud to support WESST, an organization committed to growing New Mexico’s economy by cultivating small business development. WESST provides services to any New Mexico resident interested in launching a new business or improving the performance of an existing one. Learn More

Education Matters


As a strong supporter of education, First National Rio Grande is proud to contribute to the CNM Foundation. The Foundation leverages private funding resources to support Central New Mexico Community College, and has been successful in raising more than 30 million dollars in program support and distributing more than 32,000 scholarship awards to financially challenged students. Learn More

Italian Film Festival

UNM Foundation 

First National Rio Grande is a proud sponsor of the UNM Foundation’s annual Italian Film Festival, Feb 8-16 2014, to benefit UNM Children’s Hospital. The UNM Foundation’s mission is to promote excellence at the University of New Mexico by raising, investing and managing private gifts through the cultivation of long-term partnerships with donors and matching their interests to the University’s priorities.

January 2014

Small Business Lending Through ACCION


First National Rio Grande is helping to pave the way for economic growth through financial support to ACCION, a nonprofit that provides lending services, training and resources to emerging entrepreneurs. Now in its 20th year, ACCION has financed the start-up or growth of more than 2,300 new businesses, and ACCION small business owners have created or supported more than 3,720 jobs in New Mexico. Learn More

Employees Volunteer for Biggest Losers

Biggest Losers 

Our Las Cruces offices were excited to volunteer at the 'Biggest Losers' walk/run event held in Las Cruces on January 27th. Participants at various fitness levels achieved personal goals in a non-intimidating race designed to instill confidence and encourage lifestyle changes. Learn More

November 2013

Nov 2013 - We are proud to sponsor the Urban Land Institute NM 2014 Annual Trends Conference

ULI Logo 

On Dec 5, ULI New Mexico will present its premier real estate trends and forecast event of the year, featuring insights from leading experts both nationally and locally. The event will feature a presentation on the Emerging Trends in Real Estate 2014 report—a publication from PwC & ULI—as well as a session on the outlook for New Mexico real estate, including a panel of leading area real estate investors and experts. Learn More

Oct 2013 - First National Rio Grande Encourages you to "Stay to the End" and support NMSU Aggie football!

Aggie Logo Pete 

The Aggies play strong to the end, so support your team and stay until the game is over!

As a special offer to our customers - come into any of our 3 Las Cruces banking office locations for free tickets* to the next Aggie game when you commit to "stay to the end!"

  • Stop by between Oct 21-25 for tickets to the Oct 30 game.
  • Stop by between Nov 4-8 for tickets to the Nov 9 game.
  • Stop by between Nov 25-29 for tickets to the Nov 30 game.

*Limit 2 tickets per customer while supplies last. Must show a form of customer ID such as a debit card, check or statement to receive tickets

Oct 2013 - We're Tough Enough to Wear Pink!

Tough Enough Pink

Our employees wear pink and get involved to support cancer research. Click Here to learn more!

Oct 2013 - We are proud to support the Cowboys for Cancer Research.

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First National Rio Grande is a proud sponsor of the Cowboys for Cancer Research dinner and dance on Oct 11. C4CR is the largest cancer fund raiser in New Mexico where the proceeds are kept in our state.

Sep 2013 - Bank of the Rio Grande is proud to sponsor NMSU's 2013 Domenici Public Policy Conference


We are proud to sponsor NMSU’s 2013 Domenici Public Policy Conference Sept 18th and 19th at the Las Cruces Convention Center. First National Rio Grande is a strong and growing community bank that is deeply committed to the economic growth and prosperity of Las Cruces and the southern New Mexico region. We are pleased to lend our support to this annual program where several prominent and influential leaders will discuss energy, health care, foreign policy and more.

Press Releases and Media

April 28, 2015 - How to Protect Your Business From Wire Fraud: Q&A with Melissa Gonzales 

February 16, 2015 - First National Bank of Santa Fe Announces John C. Asbury as President & Chief Executive Officer

Apr 28, 2014 - Bank of the Rio Grande is Now First National Rio Grande

Sep 20, 2013 - First National Rio Grande Welcomes Stephanie Armitage, Northrise Branch Manager

Aug 1, 2013 - First National Rio Grande Congratulates Melissa Gonzales on Promotion to SVP, Treasury Management Director

July 25, 2013 - First National Rio Grande Welcomes Silvia Alvarez, EVP and NM Commercial Banking Manager