FARGO, ND – Gate City Bank didn’t let the COVID-19 pandemic prevent people with mobility challenges from having a blast in fall 2020. As part of HOPE, Inc.’s ninth annual fashion show, the Bank donated $10,000 in Visa gift cards so participants could purchase stylish clothing for the virtual video event.
The fashion show is one of many programs offered by HOPE, Inc., which serves over 160 local families. The 15-year-old nonprofit provides sports and recreational opportunities critical to the health and development of children and adults with mobility challenges, helping them achieve their full potential.
The event usually takes place at a physical location – most recently Horizon Middle School in Moorhead, MN – but this year it’s being done via video, thanks to the support of Gate City Bank and others.
“Each of the HOPE, Inc. participants is truly an inspiration,” says Amanda Torok, Gate City Bank Senior Vice President of Culture. “We’re so thankful for the opportunity to make a difference by helping them have a great time and enjoy some cool clothing styles. When you look good, you feel good.”
For 97 years, a large part of Gate City Bank’s mission has been to create a better way of life for customers, communities and team members. That includes supporting local nonprofits like HOPE, Inc.
In previous years, the Bank has provided volunteers and logistical support to help make the fashion show a success. And while COVID-19 was an additional factor in 2020, the Bank pushed forward, and it made all the difference for HOPE, Inc.
“Raising a child or being an adult with mobility challenges is very expensive,” says Adair Grommesh, Executive Director of HOPE, Inc. “The continued support from Gate City Bank for our annual fashion show has been a blessing to the families we serve, especially during the COVID-19 pandemic.”