Hats off to fun Whitney Bank exchange
Toni Shirley, who works at Whitney Bank’s
personnel office, had a hat that expressed
her love of banking. SUN PHOTO/TOM VAUGHT
HOLMES BEACH – Good food, good times and Mother Nature combined for an exciting Anna Maria Island Chamber of Commerce Business Card Exchange Aug. 26 at Whitney Bank.
Whitney Bank Branch Manager Lois Gift has always gone all out to make its annual hosting fun and this time, it had a hat contest, delicious food catered by the Sandbar restaurant, a well-stocked bar behind the teller counter and a rain and lightning show outside.
Whitney Bank Area President Tramm Hudson joined employees from other branches to make the Chamber members feel at home. Several of the Whitney employees dressed for the part, although they did not take part in the contest because they felt the Chamber members should be the winners.
Both the best male and female winners had ingenious entries. Ryan Davis, of Yolu Parasail, wore a blue hat with a boat on top and a parachute above and behind it. He said that his mother deserves the credit for the hat. Island Wellness massage therapist Amanda Escobio wore a pink hat that gave new meaning to the phrase, “When pigs fly.” It was a stuffed pig with wings on its back that went up and down when she pulled a string. They each won a large gift basket donated by Whitney Bank.
Chamber Board Chairman Mark Davis and Chamber President Mary Ann Brockman emceed the door prize giveaways, with the help of assistant Debbie Wing. They also introduced new Chamber members who were: Sand Pebble Weddings, Island Fitness, Wells Fargo, R & R Heating and Cooling, A Tropical Affair, Ato’s Polynesian Paradise Catering, the Hyatt Place, Island Limousine, Zegway by the Bay, Beach Horses.com, the Plumbing Connection and United Electric, Gary Wooten of Anna Maria Elementary School and Planet Stone and Marble.
As the event wound down, everyone looked outside at the intense rain and the rooster tails left by cars going through the curve in Gulf Drive around the bank and decided to wait it out. Thankfully, there was still food on the table and refreshments behind the teller counter.