PORTERVILLE, CA – Bank of the Sierra is pleased to announce a Sierra Grant in the amount of $3,500 has been awarded to the Giant Sequoia Monument Association. The grant funds were needed to rebuild the Needles Lookout and Tower. The original tower burned down on July 28, 2011. This was once the most visited lookout in the country. It also attracted hundreds of recreation visitors every year because it was built on one of the premiere rock climbing pinnacles in the world. The rebuild will look and feel as the original, while complying with current and existing building codes including the use of fire resistant materials.
The Sierra Grant Program is designed to improve the quality of life for the families, especially the children, who reflect the diversity within Bank of the Sierra branch communities. The Sierra Grant Program is focused on three areas: community services, park preservation, and education. Anyone involved in a non-profit program, who may be interested in a Sierra Grant, can pick up an instructional brochure at any Bank of the Sierra branch, or visit the bank web site at www.bankofthesierra.com.
About Bank of the Sierra
With over $1.6 billion in assets and strong performance ratios, Bank of the Sierra is the largest independently owned community bank headquartered in Southern San Joaquin Valley’s Heartland. The bank serves 20 different communities with 28 branches and two Ag Centers. For more information visit the web site at www.bankofthesierra.com or call (888) 454-BANK.