Giving back to the community is part of what defines our culture as a community bank,says Scott H. Parkinson, Bank of Utah senior vice president of marketing and communications.
That's one reason why we enjoyed celebrating 'Christmas' with the children at the Road Home, organizing a benefit garage sale, sponsoring a concert series that raises money to support military families and participating in a school supply drive.
Many visitors to Bank of Utah's four locations in the Salt Lake area, did a double take when they discovered fully decked-out Christmas trees in the banks' foyers in June. The bank asked the community to place donations of diapers and other baby needs under the tree June 4 - 9, in support of the Salt Lake Board of Realtors' Christmas in July project. The effort helped The Road Home provide for families along the Wasatch Front who were in transition from homelessness. Bank of Utah collected new diaper bags, infant and toddler hair bows, socks, diapers of all sizes, baby wipes, "how to" books for moms, newborn onesies, T-shirts, pacifier clips and small baby toys.
Bank of Utah celebrated the opening of its new South Ogden branch in July by holding a charity yard sale. The $1,000 in proceeds was donated to the Have a Heart Foundation, a service arm of the Northern Wasatch Association of Realtors, in partnership with the Northern Wasatch Home Builders Association. The two organizations build new homes for special needs families every year in Davis and Weber County. Bank of Utah also donated a building lot on which the home is being built.
Since 2006, Bank of Utah has sponsored the Music in the Mountains concert series. The annual summer festival brings five well-known musical acts to perform at the base of Wolf Mountain each summer in the beautiful Ogden Valley. Proceeds benefit Wolf Creek Foundation, an organization that hosts retreats for deploying airmen and their families.
This year, poverty among Utah's children rose by 45 percent, according to a recent report from the Annie E. Casey Foundation. That's why Bank of Utah joined with four other local businesses and non-profit organizations to sponsor a Backpack Bonanza donation drive for school supplies for pre-kindergarten to high school age youth. Catholic Community Services, Kid to Kid, Fox 13 and the United Way of Northern Utah, and of course Bank of Utah, asked for donations of backpacks, pencils, pens, highlighters, erasers, crayons, rulers, paper and other school supplies to be dropped off at donation sites during the first half of August. More than 2,000 children received the school supplies through the effort.
Bank of Utah, soon to mark 60 years in business, was founded and organized by Frank M. Browning, an Ogden business executive. The bank officially opened for business on December 1, 1952 with 16 employees, and has grown to over 300 employees and $750 million in assets. The bank currently has 13 full-service branches along the Wasatch Front, mortgage offices in South Towne, Price, Logan and South Jordan and corporate trust teams in Ogden and Salt Lake City. Bank of Utah offers personal banking, business banking, home lending, trust management and investment services. For more information call 1-800-516-5559 or visit www.BankOfUtah.com.