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Bank of the Islands is Silver Sponsor of 7th Annual 10K Race 4 F.I.S.H. 'Shining a Spotlight on


Bank of the Islands, a name synonymous with island community banking since 1974, shows its support of the 7th annual 10K Race 4 F.I.S.H. as a silver sponsor. The carefully plotted foot race, which draws hundreds of runners each year, benefits the neighbor-helping-neighbor organization F.I.S.H. of Sanibel-Captiva, Inc.

“F.I.S.H. is there day in and day out to address unmet challenges facing our neediest neighbors. That life-affirming work is often performed in a confidential and respectful way, so it can be invisible to others,” said Bank of the Islands President Robbie Roepstorff. “The 10K race is a great way to shine a spotlight on the problems being tackled by F.I.S.H., and the ways in which we all can help.”

Bank of the Islands uses a wicker basket for dropping off non-perishable food donations at its two convenient office locations on Sanibel and Captiva Islands to help with food pantry collections. “It gives a whole new meaning to the idea of stopping by the bank to 'make a deposit,” said Roepstorff.

In 2014, F.I.S.H. positively impacted 1,317 households through its Helping Hands programs and food pantry. Seniors, youth and families benefit from programs, such as Alzheimer's assessment, daily well-check calls, emergency financial assistance, lunches, scholarships and adult education assistance. The organization used 86 percent of its 2014 budget for client programming.

“We genuinely thank Bank of the Islands for its wonderful contribution to F.I.S.H. and its 10K race,” said F.I.S.H. Board Vice Chair Ed Ridlehoover, who is also co-chair of the 10K committee. “Bank of the Islands' philanthropic support touches many worthy organizations, such as F.I.S.H. It's investing in the well-being of our community.”

Bank of the Islands is the oldest locally owned and managed community bank on Sanibel and Captiva. It has been dedicated to providing genuine personal service and on-site decision making with an undeniable interest in the community it serves. Bank of the Islands has been honored with 26 “Best of the Islands” awards since 1999, including being chosen the Best Island Bank for 16 years straight.

Bank of the Islands' Sanibel office is located at 1699 Periwinkle Way, at the corner of Casa Ybel Road. The Captiva office is at 14812 Captiva Drive, next to the Captiva Post Office. For additional information, visit www.bankoftheislands.com or call 239-472-7211.

Race day is Saturday, Oct. 17 with the start and finish lines at the Sanibel Community House, along Periwinkle Way.

There are a variety of 10K Race 4 F.I.S.H. sponsorship slots available – Gold, Silver, Bronze or Friend. For Gold to Bronze sponsorships, your name or logo will appear on the back of t-shirts featuring the Hortoon race logo and worn by the runners, as well as all 10K banners and printed materials. Friend sponsors will be included on all 10K banners and printed materials.

Anyone who is interested in becoming a race sponsor should contact Nancy or Pete Bender at benderlaw@juno.com or 239-472-5220. Deadline is Sept. 15.

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