21 January 2015
Nevada State Bank and Rodeo Foundation Help Children

Nevada State Bank was proud to assist the Reno Rodeo Foundation in its annual Reno Rodeo Denim Drive by collecting cash and clothing to help needy children in northern Nevada. The bank placed collection bins in 18 Nevada State Bank branches throughout northern and rural Nevada, where clients and other concerned citizens could donate new denim clothing, socks and underwear from November 10, 2014 through the end of the year.

Foundation volunteers picked up the clothing and distributed it to local organizations serving abused and neglected infants, children and teens rescued from unsafe homes. Six of the branches were so successful in soliciting donations that their collection barrels had to be emptied halfway through the campaign so they could be re-filled.  

Bank colleagues at each branch also encouraged clients to “Donate a Dollar for Denim” by buying paper denim pockets, which quickly covered branch walls, showing the depth of community support for the project. Colleagues at the bank’s administrative headquarters also made personal donations of cash and clothing.  The Reno Rodeo Foundation will use the cash contributions, totaling more than $8,756, to purchase additional new clothing items for children throughout the year.

“We have collected thousands of pairs of new jeans, socks, underwear, infant and toddler clothing, and we want to make sure all foster families are able to take advantage of this gift,” said Clara Andriola, Executive Director, Reno Rodeo Foundation. “Thanks to the generosity of hundreds of individuals and businesses in our community, this drive has enjoyed nine years of success. We especially want to recognize the generosity of Nevada State Bank and their customers for their incredible donation. Nevada State Bank’s contributions will help clothe thousands of children throughout Northern Nevada who have experienced neglect and abuse.”

This is the fourth year Nevada State Bank has participated in the drive, and Debby Herman, manager of the bank’s northern region, said they plan to continue supporting this worthy cause to help children in northern and rural Nevada communities.

“It warms our hearts to see children smile when they receive a supply of jeans, socks, and underwear from the Denim Drive,” said Mark Elston, President, Reno Rodeo Foundation. “We are proud of our Reno Rodeo volunteers and community-minded sponsors, like Nevada State Bank and their customers, who made this year’s Denim Drive a great success for local foster children who have experienced uncertainty in their lives.”

The Reno Rodeo Foundation was incorporated in 1986 to serve as the charitable arm of the Reno Rodeo, northern Nevada’s longest-running and largest annual professional sports event. In addition to the annual Denim Drive, the organization annually assists 25 rural-based students with undergraduate tuition at the University of Nevada, Reno and two scholarships to the University of Nevada, Reno School of Medicine, provides local service organizations with grants to support their programs, chooses a child with a critical illness or physical/mental impairments to receive a special “rodeo wish,” and serves as the anchor for large capital projects to improve the lives of children. 

Photo caption: Becky Petring and Becky Halverson of Nevada State Bank’s Sparks-Prater branch display some of the new clothing donated at their branch.

 

The information provided is presented for general informational purposes only and does not constitute tax, legal or business advice.

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