Cheers to 30 more years in the San Juan mountains
In Telluride this fall, as Alpine Bank celebrated a big anniversary, its leadership chose to give gifts to the community in the form of $1,000 grants to 30 nonprofits and community organizations. To participate, the nonprofits were invited to complete a short survey. There were just two questions: 1) What do you like about Alpine Bank? and 2) How long have you been serving San Miguel County?
From 40 responses received, 30 organizations were selected by random drawing and awarded a total of $30,000 to commemorate three decades for the bank, which opened in Telluride in 1992.
Some nonprofits were as new as 2018. And others, like the venerable San Miguel Basin Rodeo, have been serving Telluride and the region for 117 years. The causes that each of the awardees champion are equally diverse: Early childhood education, animal welfare, sports and recreation, arts, music, theater, environment, education, history, health and human services and more.
Jessica Galbo of Telluride AIDS Benefit had this to share: “Alpine Bank feels like a central part of our Telluride community. They support a wide range of events and nonprofits and are always open to listening and supporting people and organizations that are doing good work. Walking into Alpine Bank feels like you are getting to see your friends and neighbors.”
And for the Telluride Choral Society, Sandy McLaughlin’s sentiment was similarly appreciative. “The experience of working with Alpine Bank is always so positive, from that friendly small-town feeling from staff to the way they provide support to the community,” she said. “We, and other worthy nonprofits, have been the recipients of grants from Alpine Bank that have helped us through some rough times. For this we’re grateful.”