Al Hanser is the most recent winner of the "We Love Our Islands" promotion sponsored by Bank of the Islands.
He was spotted with a "We Love Our Islands" decal on his car. That won him the right to select which local non-profit cause would receive a charitable contribution of $1,600 from Bank of the Islands. This contribution marks $48,100 given to island non-profits through the bank's "We Love Our Islands" program.
Hanser chose to direct the donation to the Charitable Foundation of the Islands, which he helped found and continues to lead as board chairman. Hanser is the chairman of The Sanibel Captiva Trust Company.
Charitable Foundation of the Islands’ directors, from left, John Schubert, Ann Arnoff, Al Hanser, Ginny Fleming and Paul Roth accept a donation from Bank of the Islands’ Rob Lisenbee (center).
"The Charitable Foundation of the Islands is working hard to address unmet needs in our island community," said Bank of the Islands vice president/manager Rob Lisenbee. "This gift is double the size we were able to present the Charitable Foundation of the Islands in 2011. By directing our gift in this way, Al has really helped us show how much we appreciate being your island bank."
All islanders are invited to stop by the Bank's Sanibel and Captiva offices to get a free "We Love Our Islands" decal and details on how their favorite charity can become the next lucky winners.
Bank of the Islands is located at 1699 Periwinkle Way, at the corner of Casa Ybel Road, on Sanibel. The Captiva office is at 14812 Captiva Drive, next to the Captiva Post Office.
As the oldest locally owned and managed community bank on the islands, Bank of the Islands is proud to be the winner of 21 "Best of the Islands" awards since 1999, including being chosen the Best Island Bank for 13 years straight.
The Charitable Foundation of the Islands' priority is to help those in need, preferably human need. The Foundation's Grants Committee strives to identity where those needs are greatest, and meets them with financial support to island residents, workers, and organizations.