In honor of its 150th anniversary and commitment to supporting local businesses and communities, Sandy Spring Bank is serving as the title sponsor for the Annual Business Celebration. The occasion is the largest fundraising event of the year for George Mason University’s School of Business, bringing together more than 350 alumni, faculty and staff, students, and community partners. Net proceeds support the School of Business Alumni Chapter Scholarship Endowment Fund, providing scholarships each year for an undergraduate and graduate student.
“Like Mason School of Business, Sandy Spring Bank is committed to supporting the next generation of business leaders and our local business owners and entrepreneurs,” says Jay O’Brien, executive vice president and chief banking officer. “This event gives us the opportunity to support the entrepreneurial spirit this region needs. We must invest in local businesses because they create jobs and improve the communities where we all live, work, and play.”
Sandy Spring Bank is the largest locally headquartered bank in the greater Washington, D.C., region. The bank serves more than 100,000 individuals and families and 20,000 businesses. In addition to serving as the Annual Business Celebration title sponsor, the bank has taken on several outreach initiatives to mark its 150th anniversary. These include challenging every employee to volunteer 50 hours in their local communities, planting 150 trees throughout the region, and officially launching the Sandy Spring Bank Foundation, which donated a total of $150,000 to three area nonprofits.
“Our commitment to the communities we serve is integral to everything we do. Every year, our employees volunteer their time and resources to hundreds of area nonprofits. All of us at Sandy Spring Bank play a key role in fostering a culture that values and prioritizes volunteerism and community service,” O’Brien says.
Partnering with the School of Business is a natural fit for Sandy Spring Bank, because of the shared commitment to higher education, leadership, and diversity. O’Brien has a long history of volunteering at Mason, currently serving as chairman of the Board of Trustees.
Annie Bolger, corporate and client service manager, also commits time to Mason by serving on three boards, including the University Life Diversity Board, Arts by George Board, and the School of Business campaign steering committee. Bolger is a member of the Patriot Club and sponsor for the women’s basketball team.
Sandy Spring Bank looks forward to continuing to building on their relationship with Mason to collaborate on future projects and continue to make investments to improve our communities.
“George Mason business students and alumni are the future leaders of this robust local economy. We believe this is a strong market to start or grow a business,” O’Brien says. “This event is a great opportunity to help connect our future leaders with the tools they need to succeed.”