Karidat Social Services recognized Bank of Hawaii and Bank of Guam for their generous support and contribution to the agency.
Executive director Angie V. Guerrero and other Karidat officials presented a plaque of appreciation to executives of both banks before Friday's raffle draw at the Pedro P. Tenorio Multi-Purpose Center in Susupe.
Guerrero said Karidat is very appreciative of the contributions of the two banks, which are their major sponsors for 2012. The plaques “are just a small way of acknowledging” the banks' role in helping Karidat accomplish its mission, she added.
“We know everyone is struggling but they remain with us in helping the people in the community. They're always there for the people and they show it by helping a nonprofit organization like Karidat so we can reach out to the less fortunate in the community,” Guerrero told Saipan Tribune.
Lisa San Nicolas, Bank of Hawaii assistant vice president and service manager for CNMI branches, said Karidat is one of the two groups their institution has helped consistently over the years.
“Bank of Hawaii is pleased to support an organization like Karidat because it helps people who are really in need. We will continue providing assistance to Karidat in years to come,” she said.
For her part, Bank of Guam vice president and CNMI regional manager Marcie M. Tomokane said their financial institution is proud to have been part of the Northern Marianas for the past 32 years and helping Karidat and other organizations is one way of giving back to the community.
“Bank of Guam is always out there to help, especially nonprofit groups. We're a proud sponsor of Karidat, which is able to meet its mission to help those in need, and I think they're doing a great job,” added Tomokane, who is also a long-serving Karidat board member.