Bridge Capital donates $26K to various charities


Representatives of the Department of Community and Cultural Affairs pose with Gov. Ralph DLG Torres, Lt. Gov. Victor B. Hocog, Senate President Arnold I. Palacios (R-Saipan), and Reps. Francisco Aguon (R-Saipan) and Alice Igitol (R-Saipan) after a proclamation signing at the Office of the Governor. (Erwin Encinares)

Bridge Capital LLC last week donated a total of $26,000 to various charities in the CNMI, including government programs that keep ancient Chamorro traditions intact.

Bridge Capital president John Baldwin said one of the things the company is happy to do is step in to fulfill the needs of the community.

“…It’s wonderful being a part of the family here in the CNMI. Even though we are going through a time of prosperity compared to a few years ago, there are always needs,” he said.

Bridge Capital donated $5,000 to the First Lady Diann Torres Foundation; $3,500 to the Center for Living Independently CNMI; $3,500 to the Commonwealth Council for Arts and Culture for their Seafaring Traditions Program; $5,000 to the Saipan Little League Association; $5,000 to the Rota Little League Association; $1,500 to the Hyatt Regency Golf Classic as a sponsorship; $1,000 to the Triathlon Association of the CNMI; $1,000 to the Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math science fair of the Public School System; and $500 and 500 Bridge Capital bags to the Saipan Mayor’s Office’s spay and neuter campaign.

“We give to the community because we live here and we love the community,” Baldwin told Saipan Tribune. “We love giving to arts, culture, and to sports; we set aside a percentage of our companies income each year to give away,” he continued, adding that the company was in support of the community regardless of the age.

John Castro, an arts counsel for the Department of Community and Cultural Affairs, particularly with the Seafaring Traditions Program, remained grateful to Bridge Capital for their donation.

“…[Seafaring] is the very start of our history. From being from the Oceania area, travelling through water, it is how we got here. We have learned to adapt to these places and we want to continue perpetuating this tradition to our younger generations and we hope that it continues,” said Castro, who works with Sesario Sewralur, son of master navigator Mau Piailug.

Erwin Encinares | Reporter
Erwin Charles Tan Encinares holds a bachelor’s degree from the Chiang Kai Shek College and has covered a wide spectrum of assignments for the Saipan Tribune. Encinares is the paper’s political reporter.

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