Montecito Bank & Trust associates award 10 local nonprofits with Anniversary Grants

Santa Barbara, CA - Local nonprofit representatives joined Montecito Bank & Trust employees at the bank's annual Anniversary Grants reception Thursday evening. Heading into its 43rd anniversary, the Bank awarded grants of $2,000 to each of the 10 local nonprofits, all hand-selected by employees after they campaigned, rallied and voted for the organizations that mean so much to them. For the 10th straight year, recipients also received a short promotional video showcasing each organization's extraordinary work, produced by Cox Communications.

Janet A. Garufis, Chairman and CEO said, "This is the first Anniversary Grants reception since Michael Towbes' passing. He created this program in 1993 to celebrate the philanthropic work of our associates in the communities we serve and to give each of them a choice in the direction of our corporate giving. It is through special programs like this one that we continue his legacy and the values our Bank was founded on under his leadership."

Montecito Bank & Trust congratulates the Anniversary Grants Class of 2018: Court Appointed Special Advocates (CASA) of Santa Barbara County, Dog Adoption & Welfare Group (DAWG), Dos Pueblos Engineering Academy, Many Mansions, Mothers Helpers, Inc, National Disaster Search Dog Foundation, Santa Barbara County Search and Rescue, Santa Paula Animal Rescue Center (S.P.A.R.C.), Solvang Theaterfest, Inc and Wilderness Youth Project.

Garufis said, "I especially want to thank the associates of Montecito Bank & Trust for honoring some of our community heroes in the wake of the Thomas Fire and debris flow disasters, Santa Barbara County Search & Rescue and National Disaster Search Dog Foundation. The community response to the disasters, including the actions of these two organizations, has been remarkable and is a true testament to the pride and commitment we all feel for this wonderful place we call home. Montecito Bank & Trust stands strong and committed to the Central Coast communities. We will continue to help our community rebuild - it's at the core of what our community bank is all about."

Montecito Bank & Trust, an S Corporation, is the oldest and largest locally owned community bank in the Santa Barbara and Ventura counties. Founded in 1975, the bank celebrates its 43nd anniversary on March 17, 2018 and operates 11 branch offices in Santa Barbara, Goleta, Solvang, Montecito, Carpinteria, Ventura, Camarillo and Westlake Village. Awarded the 2017 Bank of the Year (Western Independent Bankers) from among more than 550 independent community banks headquartered in 13 western states, the bank offers a variety of competitive deposit and lending solutions for businesses and consumers, including business loans and lines of credit; commercial real estate finance; SBA loans; mortgage loans, consumer loans; credit cards; merchant services; and online services, including mobile banking and cash management. Its Wealth Management Division provides comprehensive trust services and full investment management for all branch office markets.

Montecito Bank & Trust received a 2016 Premier Performing Bank designation by The Findley Reports, an independent service which rates the annual performance of California banks. Montecito Bank & Trust has been designated as a Premier Performing or Super Premier Performing bank by The Findley Reports 32 times in its 42-year history.

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