Standing Up for Kids
The Gulf Coast Children’s Advocacy Center combats child abuse in a six-county area of Northwest Florida. At the center, victims are interviewed, counseled and prepared for court appearances. Trauma abatement is successful in 95% of cases, according to Lori Allen, right, the executive director of the center. Thirty percent of the CAC’s funding results from local fund-raising efforts spearheaded by a board of directors that includes Sherry Bruening of Doral Bank. “We appreciate Sherry’s efforts and the generous contributions we receive from Doral Bank,” Lori says.
Service to Seniors
“Whenever we hear from a senior citizen who needs a meal, he will get one right away,” pledges Beth Coulliette, executive director of the Bay County Council on Aging. “We couldn’t live up to that promise without contributions from the community including those we receive from Doral Bank.” The Council delivered more than 79,000 meals to homebound seniors last year and served thousands more at its Senior Centers. Says Beth, pictured next to Doral Bank’s Steve Bornhoft, “Doral Bank nourishes us and we nourish our seniors.”
Giving Back to BASIC
“I have good news for any organization looking for precious program dollars,” says Valerie Mincey, president/CEO of BASIC NWFL. “We moved all of our accounts to Doral Bank and we couldn’t be happier with the low fees and interest income we are now enjoying. My accountant just wishes we made the move sooner.” BASIC is in its 25th year working to improve the lives of people living with HIV/AIDS. In addition, it makes free HIV/AIDS testing available and maintains aggressive community education programs. (Valerie is pictured with Doral Bank’s Steve Bornhoft.)
Garnering Money Sense
All 104 members of the 2013 graduating class at the Deane Bozeman School underwent financial literacy training sponsored by Doral Bank Florida. Students received certificates attesting to their completion of the Doral Fi School curriculum at a ceremony held April 3 at the school. The program exposes students to financial products and services including checking and savings accounts, revolving credit and mortgages via an interactive online learning platform developed by EverFi, Inc. Students also learn about the workings of stock markets and receive invaluable advice on avoiding unmanageable debt; establishing and maintaining good credit; and developing plans for financing their own higher education. Students at the certificate-presentation ceremony endorsed the financial literacy training as a source of lessons they will use for a lifetime. The program recognizes that financial stress is the number one reason that students leave college. Surveys have discovered the Americans in their 20s hold $45,000 in debt on average and 60% say they are concerned about it.
Silver and Gold
Doral Bank Florida’s graphic artist/photographer and marketing director combined to win four gold and five silver “ADDY” awards in a competition conducted by the Panama City chapter of the American Advertising Federation. The awards were presented Feb. 23 in ceremonies held at the St. Andrew Bay Yacht Club. The duo won awards in print, radio, billboard and public service categories. The public service project was a booklet produced for the Chautauqua Learn and Serve Charter School in Panama City, which works with disabled young adults. Doral’s marketing team was pleased to stack up well against top-flight marketing pros from throughout the Central Florida Panhandle.
Doral Fi School
More than 120 Bay High School seniors recently received certificates signifying their completion of a financial literacy course sponsored by Doral Bank Florida and delivered by EverFi Inc. The Doral Fi School curriculum was folded into economics classes at Bay. Students were free to complete the interactive, web-based course at their own speed and on their own time. (One student finished the course at 2 a.m. on the day the certificates were presented.) Doral Bank Florida chose to underwrite the program believing that it teaches invaluable lessons and was pleased to hear several students at the certificate-presentation ceremony comment that the course will have enabled them to avoid costly mistakes down the line.