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Bank’s giving program hits $80,000 milestone

By Staff | May 1, 2019

PHOTO PROVIDED Bank of the Islands Assistant Vice President Darrin Grotrian and Vice President and Sanibel-Captiva Office Manager Willy Ocasio.

Bank of the Islands has reached a milestone in its “We Love Our Islands” corporate philanthropy program – a total of $80,000 donations to local groups with its most recent gift donations.

The program has funded donations to 38 non-profits, houses of worship and service organizations working to enrich the islands. Created by Chief Executive Officer Geoffrey Roepstorff, it supplements the support that the bank provides the community through event sponsorships and other donations.

Designed to include the participation of bank customers and island neighbors, participants pick up a free “We Love Our Islands” decal and place it on their vehicle. Every week, a bank officer makes note of the license plate number on a passing vehicle with the decal. The tag number is posted in the bank lobbies and at www.BankoftheIslands.com.

The driver has one week to claim their tag number before it rolls over to another potential winner. If claimed, the winner designates which island non-profit or charity will receive the contribution. The gifts begin at $100 and increase by that amount each week until a winner claims their tag number.

“Without question, the We Love Our Islands program is our favorite demonstration of corporate citizenship,” Vice President and Sanibel-Captiva Office Manager Willy Ocasio said. “It is such a great way for us to show how much we appreciate our non-profits and being your island bank.”

The beneficiary organizations to date are ABWA, Bailey-Matthews National Shell Museum, Bat Yam, BIG Arts, Charitable Foundation of the Islands, Children’s Education Center of the Islands, Clam Bayou Preservation, Community Housing and Resources, CROW, F.I.S.H. of Sanibel-Captiva, For Kids’ Sake, Friends Who Care, Golisano Children’s Hospital, HTAP, Kiwanis, Lions Club, Noah’s Ark, Old Schoolhouse Theater, P.A.W.S., Periwinkle Partnership, PURRE, Rotary, Saint Isabel’s Church, Sanibel-Captiva Cares, SCCF, Sanibel Community Association, Sanibel Community Church, Sanibel Congregational Church, Sanibel D.A.R.E., Sanibel Historical Museum and Village, Sanibel Public Library, The Sanibel School, Sanibel Sea School, Sanibel Scholarship Fund, Southwest Florida Community Foundation, St. Michael’s and All Angels Episcopal Church, Trails in Motion and Zonta.

All islanders are invited to pick up a free decal at the bank’s Sanibel or Captiva offices.