Sunday, August 1st, 2021

First Federal, Zahns donate to Arts Center

Posted: Friday, September 25, 2020

The Huntington Arts and Entrepreneurial Center (HAEC), a collaborative community impact project of Pathfinder Services, LaFontaine Arts Council and Huntington University, received a check for $25,000 from First Federal Savings Bank, Michael and Susan Zahn and Stephen and Alyce Zahn. The donation is for direct support of the ceramics program at HAEC and naming rights to the kiln room inside the center in recognition of the donors.

“The full-service ceramics studio with an on-site kiln room is quite unique and something people can’t normally access. We are thrilled that First Federal and the Zahn family chose this particular project for their support,” says Katy Strass, director of the HAEC. “Their investment will help us bring a new medium to a new audience with opportunities for people of all ages and abilities.”

First Federal Savings Bank and the Zahn family have been very engaged supporters of Pathfinder Services and great philanthropists for organizations in Huntington and throughout northeast Indiana.

“We are pleased to be able to offer our support to the HAEC and downtown revitalization in these difficult economic times,” says Michael Zahn, president and CEO of First Federal Savings Bank. “The Huntington Arts and Entrepreneurial Center’s mix of art and business helps set future generations up for success in the worlds of art and business, which in turn, will be great financially for Huntington and the northeast Indiana region.”

The $25,000 donation is a combination of $5,000 from Michael and Susan Zahn, $5,000 from Stephen and Alyce Zahn and $15,000 from First Federal Savings Bank. Michael Zahn is the third generation of Zahns to hold the title of president and CEO at First Federal Savings Bank. Michael began his career with First Federal in 1996. Stephen Zahn is the chairman of the board of directors and has been with First Federal Savings Bank since 1964.

“We are so grateful to the Zahn families and to First Federal Savings Bank for this amazing financial investment,” says Danielle Tips, president and CEO of Pathfinder Services. “Their long-standing personal and corporate support of our organization is remarkable, and we look forward to a mutually beneficial relationship long into the future.”

The HAEC is a multi-purpose community arts and business start-up center located in the historic UB Block buildings in downtown Huntington. The HAEC will serve people of all ages and abilities as they pursue their interests in different types of art, culinary skills, business, and entrepreneurial aspirations.

For additional information, contact Nicole Hahn at (260) 355-2546, office, (260) 519-3837, cell or