Tuesday, November 15, 2005

Business Bank of Nevada Funds Diabetes Research

LAS VEGAS - Business Bank of Nevada announced that it has donated over $6,000 to the Nevada Chapter of the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation and its annual Walk to Cure Diabetes fundraising events recently held in Reno and Las Vegas.  The money donated by the Bank was comprised of a corporate donation, branch and department sales of the ever-popular JDRF Sneakers, and employee pledges.

This is the sixth year that Business Bank has been participating in the Walk to Cure Diabetes events.  Over this six-year span, the Bank and its employees have donated in excess of $50,000 to this worthy cause.  In addition to the monetary donations, the Bank has provided human resources support to helping find a cure for this devastating disease through board involvement, corporate recruitment chairmanship, graphic design, volunteer outreach, and much more.

“JDRF is one of those nonprofit organizations that is near and dear to the hearts of everyone here at the Bank, which is why we enjoy supporting this wonderful organization each year in one way or another,” said Larry Charlton, executive vice president and chief operating officer of Business Bank, and who also serves as chairman of the board for United Way of Southern Nevada.  “As a small company it’s hard to be all things to all people, but from a philanthropic standpoint I’m proud to say we support quite a few nonprofit groups and worthy causes throughout Nevada.”

Charlton added that the Bank looks to support those nonprofit organizations that its employees are a part of through board involvement and volunteer outreach.  The Bank earmarks its monetary support for these organizations, while its in-kind and volunteer support is targeted to help a larger number of philanthropic programs beyond the limited dollars it has to support the communities it serves.

“Our corporate partners are one of the reasons why JDRF has been so successful over the years, and with the continued support of philanthropic minded companies like Business Bank I’m confident we’ll find a cure for this disease in the not too distant future,” said Colleen Ashworth, executive director for the Nevada Chapter of JDRF.  “The key to finding a cure for this disease is research, and the more money we can raise the quicker we’ll cure this and many other devastating diseases caused by diabetes.”

Ashworth added that this year’s walk events in both Reno and Las Vegas raised a combined total of nearly $800,000 with over 6,000 walkers participating in these annual fundraising events.  JDRF is one of the premier nonprofit organizations in Nevada and is the leading diabetes research group in the world.  November is National Diabetes Awareness Month.  For more information about diabetes and JDRF, go to www.jdrf.org.

The Bank contributes financial, in-kind and volunteer assistance to nonprofit institutions and organizations that enhance the quality of life and promote public interest where the company conducts its business.  The four main areas of the Bank’s philanthropic outreach include education, health and human services, community development, and arts and culture.

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