First Hawaiian Bank donated $15,000 to the Joeten-Kiyu Public Library yesterday to support its Bookmobile and Distance Education and Homework Learning Center.
The substantial donation comes as First Hawaiian Bank celebrates 15 years of service to the Northern Marianas.
Bob Harrison, bank president and chief executive officer, led other bank executives in the presentation ceremony at the library in Susupe.
Harrison said First Hawaiian Bank is very appreciative of how welcoming the CNMI community has been and is also proud to be able to help the CNMI's state library continue its mission to reach more members of the public through its mobile library services.
“This donation represents our continued commitment to the region and our appreciation for the support we have received,” said Harrison. “It's been an honor to serve our many loyal customers and we look forward to serving you for generations to come.”
Also gracing the event were FHB's Ray Ono, vice chair and chief operating officer; Laura-Lynn Dacanay, senior vice president and Guam/CNMI region manager; Juan SN Lizama, vice president and area manager for Gualo Rai branch; Victoria B. Concepcion, assistant vice president and branch manager for Oleai branch; Library Council chair Herminia Fusco, vice chair Mark Rabauliman, treasurer Soledad Tenorio, secretary Frank Villagomez, and Policy Committee chair Anna Cabrera Baer.
Fusco expressed her gratitude to the bank for selecting the library as its beneficiary this year. “We assure you that every penny of your huge contribution will be invested in direct patron services, programs, and activities that touch the lives of emerging new readers, while strengthening our reach to existing lifelong learners,” added Fusco.
Officials in attendance also unveiled the First Hawaiian Bank logo in the library's Bookmobile van.