Throughout the month of June, American Riviera Bank (OTC Markets: ARBV) partnered with the Arthritis Foundation on the annual ‘Dog Days of Summer’ fundraising campaign. A favorite with staff and clients, the month saw the Bank’s branches in Santa Barbara, Montecito, Goleta and Paso Robles work to raise awareness for the topic of arthritis as well as funds. Customers visiting the branches supported the campaign by purchasing paper “bones” to benefit the Foundation. All proceeds went to the Foundation and its efforts towards a cure for arthritis. Arthritis affects more than 50 million Americans, of all ages, and is the leading cause of disability in the United States.

“The Arthritis Foundation is the national leader in the fight to reduce the painful impact of arthritis on individuals and families,” said Deborah Deneault, Assistant Vice President/Community and Board Relations Officer at American Riviera Bank “American Riviera Bank is committed to our local communities, so partnering with the Arthritis Foundation, which understands the importance in local funding, is a perfect fit,” 

“Funds raised by this campaign, as well as our annual Taste of the Town events, support free local programs like summer camps for children, teens, and their families, Juvenile Arthritis family day events, and arthritis support groups,” said Michal Wiesbrock, Executive Director of the Arthritis Foundation’s Central Coast Office, “We appreciate American Riviera Bank’s customers and staff in helping us raise the funds needed to ensure that the Foundation’s programs remain free and accessible to everyone in the community.”

As part of the campaign, on June 21st American Riviera Bank hosted its 4th Annual ‘Dog Days of Summer’ event – a local favorite –throughout all of its Central Coast locations. Clients and staff were encouraged to bring their dogs to the Bank, where they could participate in the Cutest Dog Contest and enjoy a Doggie Treat Buffet. American Riviera Bank was joined by other community partners Lemo’s Feed & Pet Supply, Camp Canine and K-Nine Solutions, who offered fabulous giveaways and raffle prizes for the canine winners.