Throughout June, American Riviera Bank partnered with the Arthritis Foundation for the annual Dog Days of Summer fundraising campaign. The month saw the bank’s branches in Santa Barbara, Montecito, Goleta and Paso Robles work to raise awareness about arthritis as well as funds.
Customers visiting the branches supported the campaign by purchasing paper bones to benefit the foundation. All proceeds support the foundation and its efforts toward finding a cure for arthritis. Arthritis affects more than 50 million Americans,of all ages, and is the leading cause of disability in the United States.
“The Arthritis Foundation is the national leader in the fight to reduce the painful impact of arthritis on individuals and families,” said Deborah Deneault, assistant vice president/community and board relations officer at American Riviera Bank.
“American Riviera Bank is committed to our local communities, so partnering with the Arthritis Foundation, which understands the importance in local funding, is a perfect fit,” she said.
“Funds raised by this campaign, as well as our annual Taste of the Town events, support free local programs like summer camps for children, teens, and their families, Juvenile Arthritis family day events, and arthritis support groups,” said Michal Wiesbrock, executive director of the Arthritis Foundation’s Central Coast Office.
“We appreciate American Riviera Bank’s customers and staff in helping us raise the funds needed to ensure that the foundation’s programs remain free and accessible to everyone in the community,” he said.
As part of the campaign, on June 21, American Riviera Bank hosted its fourth annual Dog Days of Summer event throughout all its Central Coast locations. Clients and staff were encouraged to bring their dogs to the bank, where they could participate in the Cutest Dog Contest and enjoy a Doggie Treat Buffet.
American Riviera Bank was joined by other community partners Lemo’s Feed & Pet Supply, Camp Canine and K-Nine Solutions, who offered giveaways and raffle prizes for the canine winners.
— Joyce Valentino for American Riviera Bank.