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Bank supports opening of new Children’s Advocacy Center

By Staff | Nov 11, 2009

The Children’s Advocacy Center (CAC) opened the doors of its new facility at 3830 Evans Avenue in Fort Myers last Thursday, Nov. 5. Among those joining in the celebration were representatives of Bank of the Islands and Edison National Bank.

“We are only too delighted to help in any way we can,” said bank President Robbie Roepstorff. “CAC tackles the most devastating problem facing our community the abuse of our children. Whether you can make a donation, provide items needed by the children, or find the time to volunteer, CAC can use all the help they can get. It is an honor to play a small part in tackling this very big problem.”

Among other donors, Edison National Bank and Bank of the Islands were recognized for underwriting one of the three new waiting rooms in CAC’s Child Protection Team Medical Unit.

“This room allows family members to gather in private and wait while their child is being examined for possible signs of abuse,” said CAC’s Development Director Diane Connell. “Our old facility only had one such room. This support will triple our effectiveness in supporting these children and their families.”

According to Connell, islanders can help by making tax-deductible donations or items needed by CAC’s children. These include new stuffed animals and new clothing for boys and girls from newborn to 17 years of age, and puzzles and games for the waiting room. CAC also has a program to adopt a family for the holidays, and is accepting food donations for the Thanksgiving Dinner at their Pine Manor Resource Center.

“I’d invite anyone interesting in learning more about how they can help to call and schedule a tour or presentation,” added Connell.

Edison National Bank is Lee County’s oldest community bank. The bank has two Edison offices in Fort Myers and a third Bank of the Islands office on Sanibel. Located at the corner of Casa Ybel Road and Periwinkle Way, Bank of the Islands is proud to have been selected “Best Island Bank” for 11 straight years.

Children’s Advocacy Center, a United Way partner agency, is a crisis center that works with sexually and physically abused children and is designed to be a safe and friendly place for them to come and be heard, and to help them get on the road to recovery.

For more information, please call 239-939-2808 or visit www.cac-swfl.org.