Texas Banks Donating Money to Families of Fallen & Wounded Dallas Police Officers
(July 11, 2016 - Dallas/Austin, Texas) In the aftermath of Thursday night’s sniper attack in downtown Dallas, our thoughts and prayers are with the families of the police officers who were killed or wounded.
Banks and their employees throughout Texas are understandably concerned and want to help. Through the Texas Bankers Association, member banks have come together to help the families in their time of need.
The banks are making donations to the Assist the Officer Foundation, operated by the Dallas Police Association. The organization provides immediate financial assistance to an officer's family in the event of death or injury.
“The morning after the tragedy, we began getting phone calls from member bankers asking if there was a coordinated effort on behalf of the industry to help the victims,” said TBA President and CEO Eric Sandberg. “We did our due diligence and selected Assist the Officer Foundation (ATO) because 100 percent of the proceeds go to the families in need. We’ve also heard from bankers in other states who are looking for ways to help.”
PlainsCapital Bank, based in Dallas reached out to the Dallas Police Department and made a donation of $25,000 dollars to ATO.
"Our great city is hurting," said Alan B. White, chairman of PlainsCapital Bank. "But in the wake of this tragedy, I believe the country and world will witness the strength, resilience and human compassion that makes me so proud to call Dallas home. Our Hilltop Holdings family of companies - PlainsCapital Bank, PrimeLending, HilltopSecurities and National Lloyds - has made a $25,000 donation to support the families of our heroic fallen officers. We must all stand united against acts of hate and not let them define us."
NexBank, also based in Dallas is donating funds to the families of the officers slain or wounded in the line of duty.
John Holt, President and Chief Executive Officer of NexBank Capital, Inc., said the outpouring of support from businesses and citizens alike is not only a testament to the people of Dallas, but to Texans in general.
"The only thing you can do during a terrible time like this is to pull together to help those who are suffering. It doesn't eliminate the damage caused by such a senseless attack, but it does help lessen the pain when victims know the entire state is on their side and willing to provide support," Holt said.
For more information, contact:
Olivia Carmichael Solis, Vice President of Marketing & Communications
Texas Bankers Association
203 W. 10th St.
Austin, TX 78701
Serving Texas bankers since 1885, the Texas Bankers Association is the largest and oldest state bankers association in the nation. Its members range from the smallest bank in the nation to the largest.