First Hawaiian Bank Branches Raise Record $9,800 for Special Olympics

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(Hagåtña, Guam, January 8, 2014) –First Hawaiian Bank’s three Guam branches located in Maite, Dededo and Tamuning, raised over $9800 during the bank’s annual “Be a Fan” Special Olympics fundraising campaign, according to an announcement today by Laura Dacanay, First Hawaiian Bank Senior Vice President and Guam/CNMI Region Manager.

This was the second year that the annual drive, which ran from September 3 to October 31, 2013, has taken place on Guam. All three Guam branches participated in the bank-wide effort, serving as collection points for the campaign in accepting monetary donations from the community. The $9,897.62
collected through the Guam branches exceeded last year’s collection total of $6,912. All funds collected by the First Hawaiian Bank Guam branches will benefit Special Olympics Guam.

“The Board of Directors, Parents and Athletes of Special Olympics Guam express our sincere appreciation to the staff and management of First Hawaiian Bank for their fundraising efforts on behalf of Special Olympics Guam,” said Frank Florig, Special Olympics CEO and President. “This contribution of over $9,800 from the community is a wonderful Christmas and New Year’s gift in support of our numerous programs. 

In the past 2 years First Hawaiian Bank Guam branches have raised over $16,000 for Special Olympics Guam and we are truly blessed for their continued support.”  

[L-R: Frank Florig, Special Olympics CEO and President; Laura Taisipic, Special Olympics Board Secretary; Mark Wessling, Special Olympics Board Chairman; Lou Sanchez, First Hawaiian Bank Marketing Manager; Peter Valdez, First Hawaiian Bank VP and Business Banking Officer; and Ed Untalan, First Hawaiian Bank Senior Vice President and Maite Banking Center Manager.]

“I was very proud of our Guam employees whose enthusiasm inspired many in our community to join us in this fundraising effort for Special Olympics Guam,” said Dacanay. “First Hawaiian Bank has long supported the Special Olympics in Hawaii for over 17 years and we thought it would be great way for our Guam branches to assist the Special Olympics Guam chapter with their fundraising efforts. Funds raised will allow Guam residents with intellectual disabilities the opportunity thru Special Olympics to participate in sports training and competitive games.”

The check presentation for $9,897.62 was made on December 27, 2013 at the First Hawaiian Bank Maite Branch. Included in the photo are from left to right: Frank Florig, Special Olympics CEO and President; Laura Taisipic, Special Olympics Board Secretary; Mark Wessling, Special Olympics Board Chairman; Lou Sanchez, First Hawaiian Bank Marketing Manager; Peter Valdez, First Hawaiian Bank VP and Business Banking Officer; and Ed Untalan, First Hawaiian Bank Senior Vice President and Maite Banking Center Manager.

First Hawaiian Bank (FHB.com), with assets of $16.7 billion, was founded in 1858 and is one of the Guam region’s leading banks offering full-range of financial services for personal and business banking customers. The bank operates 57 branches in Hawaii, three on Guam and two on Saipan.