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San Cap Community Bank named finalist for community award


PHOTO PROVIDED John Gerard, of Sanibel Captiva Community Bank, delivers donations to Marshall Bower, with The Foundation for Lee County Public Schools.

Sanibel Captiva Community Bank was named a finalist for the 2020 Social Assurance Community Spark Awards for outstanding efforts in helping and improving the community.

The bank is one of only 12 community banks and credit unions selected nationwide.

“We are honored to be selected as a finalist for this national award, especially as it represents our efforts in helping those around us,” Amy McQuagge, vice president and director of marketing, said. “We remain committed to supporting our community in both good times and bad. It is what we have done for 17 years, and we will continue to be a champion for the community we all love.”

For 17 years, the bank has supported over 300 not-for-profit community causes and organizations — from Habitat for Humanity of Lee and Hendry Counties and Blessings in a Backpack to The Foundation for Lee County Public Schools — through a combination of donations, pro bono work and volunteerism. Over 65 percent of employees are nonprofit volunteers, logging over 1,000 volunteer hours annually. Since opening in 2003, it has donated over $1.4 million dollars to local causes.

As Southwest Florida faced the devastating effects of COVID-19, the bank assisted businesses in critical need, processing over 750 Small Business Administration Paycheck Protection Program loans. Totaling nearly $70 million, the loans helped save an estimated 9,000 jobs in Southwest Florida.

PHOTO PROVIDED Sanibel Captiva Community Bank's Kyle DeCicco and Lee Golden drop off COVID-19 donations to Deb Dickinson, with the Senior Friendship Centers.

The bank also gifted $102,500 in charitable donations to help 12 local not-for-profit organizations serving children and feeding people that were in need due to the challenges caused by the COVID-19 pandemic. The gift supported The Harry Chapin Food Bank of Southwest Florida, F.I.S.H. of Sanibel-Captiva, Blessings in a Backpack SWFL, Valerie’s House, PACE Center for Girls-Lee, The Heights Foundation, Hearts to Home, Senior Friendship Centers, American Legion Post 38, the Children’s Education Center of the Islands, Sanibel Sea School and Sanibel School Fund.

Recognizing the added hardships of the pandemic, it donated 2,700 square feet of rent-free office space to the Southwest Florida Chapter of Blessings in a Backpack and the Southwest Florida Symphony.

PHOTO PROVIDED Sanibel Captiva Community Bank team with a Habitat for Humanity homeowner.