Academic journal article ABA Banking Journal

Peanut Butter, Rocking Chairs & Billy the Kid

Academic journal article ABA Banking Journal

Peanut Butter, Rocking Chairs & Billy the Kid

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IT'S AMAZING THE VARIETY OF WAYS banks find to participate in--and give back to--their communities.

To celebrate it's 100th anniversary, United Bank of Atmore, Ala., invited every elementary school in its market area to decorate an unfinished wooden rocker. Twenty-one schools participated in "The United Bank Rocking Chair Contest." The kids had 6 weeks to finish the chairs, which were then featured on a local morning news program. President and CEO Bob Jones taped a TV spot with the participating students, and the chairs went on tour in several public places. All proceeds from an auction of the chairs went to the schools' parents and teachers associations.

The First National Bank of Hico, Texas, chartered in 1890--whose building sports a giant mural of a cattle drive along one side--has been helping keep alive a local legend that Billy the Kid wasn't killed by sheriff Pat Garret, but wound up living out his life in Hico. It's been called one of the great mysteries of the Old West. But whether you believe it or not, it sure brings in the tourists. First National, through its President and CEO Dianne Stone worked with the town's tourism committee to sponsor the publication "The Hico Legend of Billy the Kid." Later the bank supported the printing of another souvenir book on the legend to commemorate Hico's Old Settler's Reunion celebration. The booklet attracted national attention, and the curious still go to Hico to visit the town's Billy the Kid Museum.

Now to the food: Washington Trust of Westerly, R.I., is in the peanut butter business ... sort of. Washington Trust's fourth annual "P.B. Xpress" brought in a record-breaking seven tons of peanut butter to help supply the nearby Rhode Island Community Food Bank and the Pawcatuck Neighborhood Center in neighboring Connecticut. Peanut butter is one of the food bank's most sought after items, but it can be expensive for working families. …

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