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Bank Of The Islands WLOI gifts reach $30,000

By Staff | Feb 5, 2009

The “We Love Our Islands” giving program sponsored by Bank Of The Islands has hit a major milestone. Started in 2002, the “We Love Our Islands” program was created so the bank could include its customers and neighbors in their charitable giving program. The bank supports numerous non-profit causes in many ways throughout the year.

In addition to that financial support, they also created the “We Love Our Islands” program so islanders could help choose where some of the bank’s charitable giving should be directed.

“Every week, an additional $100 is put in the pot,” explained bank manager Rob Lisenbee. “We randomly choose the tag number of the first vehicle we see every Monday with a ‘We Love Our Islands’ decal. That new tag number is posted on our Web site and in our lobby and drive-thru window. If it goes unclaimed for a week, we add another $100 and pick a new tag number. Once somebody claims their tag number, they get to choose which charity will receive the bank’s donation.”

Congratulations to Bob Wigley, the winner who brought “We Love Our Islands” to the $30,000 milestone. That won him the right to select which local non-profit cause would receive a charitable contribution of $1,000 from the Bank Of The Islands.

Wigley decided the bank’s $1,000 donation should go to Friends In Service Here, known affectionately to islanders as F.I.S.H.

“Especially because it’s such a landmark gift, we’re really thrilled that Bob chose F.I.S.H. to receive the bank’s support. In this economic downturn, many of our neighbors need extra help,” added Lisenbee. “This also ties in so well with the F.I.S.H. Food collection that is ongoing in our lobby.”

All islanders are invited to stop by the bank, located at 1699 Periwinkle Way, to get a free “We Love Our Islands” decal and details on how you and your favorite charity can become our next lucky winners.

Bank Of The Islands, a name synonymous with island community banking since 1974, is the oldest locally owned and managed bank on the islands. They are the proud winner of 15 “Best of the Islands” Awards since 1999, including being chosen the Best Island Bank for 10 years straight.