IBC Bank makes holiday brighter
IBC Bank's annual Brighter Christmas program prompted the company's employees to give time, toys and money to causes across Oklahoma. IBC Bank's Norman branch partnered with Compassion Pointe's annual Boots and Blankets program to encourage employees and customers to donate gently used blankets, coats, gloves, hats, and warm shoes. The strong response resulted in the need for four complete pickups from the bank during the three-week collection drive. Branches in the Oklahoma City area participated in Putnam City Schools Foundation's Care Share project by adopting a family. The Care Share program takes on the role of Santa during the holidays, ensuring that no child goes without a gift to unwrap on Christmas morning. IBC employees at 19 branches in the Tulsa area also adopted a family through Family and Children's Services' Holiday Assistance program. Employees at IBC branches from Duncan to Sand Springs to Ardmore also participated in the Brighter Christmas program. “While our dedication to the communities we serve lasts all year, the holiday season is a special time to reach out to make a difference in the lives of those in need,” said Tom Travis, president and CEO of IBC Bank-Oklahoma. “‘It's a Brighter Christmas' is one of our favorite programs and a great way to end the year on a high note.”
SandRidge to fund shelter
SandRidge Energy has announced Birth Choice of Oklahoma as the winner of its $20,000 Power of a Dream Grant. “The thought of having the funds to purchase new furnishings for Rose Home, our shelter for pregnant women and their children, is indeed a dream come true,” said Barbara Chishko, executive director at Birth Choice. “It's a dream we've had for many years as we've come to the end of our donated and secondhand goods. We offer our profound appreciation to SandRidge.” In addition to the grant, Birth Choice will be featured on a 2013 episode of Found Causes hosted by Dale Epperson. Lilyfield Christian Adoption and Foster Care received second place and was awarded $15,000 while all other finalists received $5,000. The finalists included ReMerge, Living Hope Women's Ministry, Infant Crisis Services and The Spero Project. More than 100 local nonprofits applied and more than 7,000 votes were cast during the Power of a Dream Grant campaign. Earlier this month, SandRidge Energy asked Oklahoma City-area nonprofits to share a specific dream for 2013 and describe how SandRidge Energy could make that dream a reality through its Power of a Dream grant. The finalists were announced on Dec. 7 and public voting ran through Dec. 17. The winner was determined based on the most community votes received.
From Staff Reports