$6,000 Donated from It’s a Wonderful Life in Sonoma County Giving Campaign
Santa Rosa, CA – (January 6, 2014) – A $6,000 donation was provided from the second year of the “It’s a Wonderful Life in Sonoma County” giving campaign led by four local businesses.
After donating over $5,600 last year to the Secret Santa program, original campaign creators Summit State Bank, Oliver’s Markets, and Costeaux French Bakery invited McLea’s Tire and Automotive Centers to join the team to expand the campaign’s reach. Sponsors encouraged Sonoma County to celebrate the holiday season by buying a jingle bell for $1 at any of their respective locations. The $6,000, resulting from jingle bell sales and sponsor donations, funded unfulfilled Secret Santa letters through the Volunteer Center and KZST’s Secret Santa Program.
“On behalf of our co-sponsors, we are thrilled to provide a $6,000 donation to Sonoma County’s biggest community philanthropy effort. The Secret Santa program makes an incredible impact through both the Volunteer Center and KZST’s efforts, and we are proud to find our own way to raise program awareness and engage additional funds for such a wonderful cause,” says Tom Duryea, President and CEO of Summit State Bank.
The Sonoma County Secret Santa Program helps ensure that kids, teens, adults, and seniors who would not otherwise have a holiday gift are able to smile and have hope during the holiday season. Originally two separate programs, The Giving Tree began in 1989 at The Volunteer Center with gift wishes for individuals on Red Heart Ornaments displayed on trees around the county. KZST started the Secret Santa program in 1990 with Brent Ferris reading letters about individuals and families and what they needed. The Giving Tree and Secret Santa joined forces in 2008 to provide a better way to meet the growing need during the holidays.
Summit State Bank has total assets of $459 million and total equity of $61 million at September 30, 2013. Headquartered in Sonoma County, the Bank provides diverse financial products and services throughout Sonoma, Napa, San Francisco, and Marin Counties. Summit has been recognized as one of the Top 75 Corporate Philanthropists in the Bay Area by the San Francisco Business Times. In addition, Summit State Bank received the 2013 Rising Star Award from the California Independent Bankers, the 2012 Community Bank Award from the American Bankers Association for its nonprofit work, and has been recognized as one of the North Bay’s Best Places to Work by the North Bay Business Journal. Summit has also been consistently recognized as a high performing bank by Findley Reports. Summit State Bank’s stock is traded on the Nasdaq Global Market under the symbol SSBI. Further information can be found at www.summitstatebank.com.
(Photo from left to right: Tom Duryea, Summit State Bank; Darren McLea, McLea’s Tire and Automotive Center; Brent Farris, KZST; Linda Cook, Costeaux Bakery; Tom Scott, Oliver’s Markets)