Information based on a press release:
Tompkins Bank of Castile has announced the results of the fourth and final round of its quarterly Community Minute Challege.
Friends of Letchworth State Park, the local fourth-round participant, was not chosen.
That honor went to Gilda’s Club Rochester. Each quarterly winner is awarded $2,500.
Gilda’s has been serving the Greater Rochester community since 1959, first as Cancer Action Inc., and then in 2000 as Gilda’s Club. Its mission is to create welcoming communities of no cost support to those living with cancer – men, women, teens and children – along with their families and friends.
The winning organization for each Community Minute Challenge is determined by public voting on the Tompkins Bank of Castile Facebook page. Visitors watch one-minute videos produced by participating nonprofits and then vote for their favorite.
The first-round and third-round winners were both in Wyoming County. Respectively, they were Going to the Dogs Rescue, Main Street, Perry, an organization dedicated to helping homeless pets find loving forever homes; and Community Action for Wyoming County, which seeks to improve the quality of life of all people they serve by focusing on their needs, and encouraging them to realize their goals and become self-sufficient.
The second-round winner was Arc of Genesee Orleans, a resource of choice for people with disabilities and their families in both Genesee and Orleans counties.
Other organizations that participated in round four included:
• Delphi Drug and Alcohol Council Inc. (Monroe County)
• Friends of the Richmond Memorial Library (Genesee County)
• Genesee Cancer Assistance (Genesee County)
• Geneseo Parish Outreach Center (Livingston County)
“As proud members of the communities where we operate, we’re thankful for the important services that are provided by not-for-profit organizations in our area,” said Bank of Castile President and CEO John McKenna. "We’re thrilled to be able to bring attention to their positive work.”
Launched in August 2016, the challenge has awarded $10,000 in funds to local not-for-profit organizations. The program has helped organizations with much-needed money, and has increased exposure within their communities.
“Winning the Community Minute Challenge was a huge boost for our organization in multiple ways,” said Going to the Dogs Rescue President Melissa Nichols-Henchen. “The monetary prize went a long way in purchasing vaccines and microchips for community dogs, giving us the ability to provide some basic care for animals who might not have had it otherwise."
Likewise, Community Action of Wyoming County Executive Director Connie Kramer was also grateful.
“Like many non-profits, we are able to provide programs through grants and designated donations,” Kramer said. “Of course, we also have day-to-day expenses that allow us to deliver our programs, so we were thrilled to be selected as a winner and apply the prize towards our operating budget."
Tompkins Bank of Castile is a community bank with 16 offices in the five-county Western New York region. Services include complete lines of consumer deposit accounts and loans, business accounts and loans, and leasing. In addition, insurance is offered through an affiliate company, Tompkins Insurance Agencies, Wealth management, trust and investment services are provided through Tompkins Financial Advisors. Further information about the bank is available at www.bankofcastile.com.