Bank of the Islands recently made its latest non-profit donation through its “We Love Our Islands” program. Lee Ellen Harder was the lucky winner, and so was her employer. After the bank spotted a “We Love Our Islands” decal on her vehicle, Lee Ellen earned the right to select which local non-profit organization would receive a charitable contribution from Bank of the Islands. Being the longstanding BIG ARTS Executive Director, Harder’s choice was clear. Thanks to her selection, Bank of the Islands has donated $2,600 to BIG ARTS, our islands’ gathering place for quality entertainment, arts, and education programs since 1979.


That donation marks $100,500 given away to date through Bank of the Islands’ “We Love Our Islands” program.


“We’re so pleased Lee Ellen has directed our most recent donation to BIG ARTS,” said Bank of the Islands President Robbie Roepstorff. “Beyond the cultural offerings they have brought to our islands for more than four decades, BIG ARTS has provided a beacon of hope since Hurricane Ian. Offering space for the City of Sanibel during hurricane recovery, hosting volunteer fairs and resiliency programs, and just simply providing a place for islanders to enjoy each other’s company, BIG ARTS has added an important new chapter to its Sanibel-Captiva legacy. We are happy to make this gift today, and to be a longstanding sponsor of BIG Arts programming. Supporting BIG ARTS, especially now, is such a great way to show how much we appreciate being your island bank.”


All islanders are invited to visit the Bank’s Sanibel or Captiva office to learn more about the “We Love Our Islands” program and how you and your favorite charity can become our next lucky winners.


Bank of the Islands is located at 1699 Periwinkle Way, at the corner of Casa Ybel Road, on Sanibel. The Captiva office is at 14812 Captiva Drive, next to the Captiva Post Office. As the oldest locally owned and managed community bank on Sanibel and Captiva, Bank of the Islands is proud to be the winner of more than 50 “Best of the Islands” awards over two decades.