VISALIA, CA — Bank of the Sierra held its fourth annual Rockin’ Resolution Run on New Year’s Day. The annual run aims to inspire community members to make fitness goals for the New Year, while also creating community awareness. In its fourth year, the run has now raised more than $30,000 for local charities.
Low temperatures in the 30s didn’t deter nearly 330 runners from participating in the race, including 51 children showing up for a one-mile kid’s race.
Over the past three years, the local run has partnered with Visalia Rescue Mission, a local homeless outreach organization which serves the community through offering food and shelter and other programs for men, women and children in need. The group serves an average of 130 people each night. All net proceeds for the event, totaling $6,500 this year, went to the Mission.
Mike Olague, chief banking officer for Bank of the Sierra and presenter of the check to the Visalia Rescue Mission, expressed his gratitude to the organization. “Bank of the Sierra’s promise is to help make every community we’re a part of better, and we’re honored to partner with the VRM to assist in their service. We’re also pleased to be able bring an enjoyable event to the Visalia community.”
About Bank of the Sierra
Since opening for business in January 1978, Bank of the Sierra has grown to become the largest independent bank in the southern San Joaquin Valley, with $1.7 billion in assets. The Bank is a multi-community financial institution that offers a full range of retail and commercial banking services, employing over 400 people at 29 locations, including an online branch, a real estate industries center, and an ag credit center. In addition, the bank has gained recognition as a supporter of community service through its Sierra Grant Program, which donates regularly to local non-profits. Offering more than just financial services, Bank of the Sierra is committed to providing the benefits of local banking with a focus on improving the communities in which it serves.