Bank of the West’s Chairman and CEO, Gary Blankenship, made a check presentation to Senior Crimestoppers on behalf of Avante Rehabilitation Center, located at 225 North Sowers Road in Irving, in order to become a Charter member of Senior Crimestoppers.  Senior Crimestoppers forms a unique partnership for the safety, security, and protection against theft and crime for the residents, staff, management, family and visitors of nursing homes, assisted living communities, and independent-living communities.

The Membership Charter signifies a zero tolerance to crime environment for the community. Displaying this plaque in the lobby or front entrance of the community signifies to all who enter your doors that crime is not tolerated. Joining in the celebration with Gary Blankenship, were residents of Avante, Philip Prince – Administrator of Avante Rehabilitation Center, Cynthia Blankenship-Vice Chairman and COO of Bank of the West, George Cinard, VP of Senior Housing with Senior Crimestoppers, City Councilman Gerald Farris, and Chris Wallace – President/CEO of the Greater Irving-Las Colinas Chamber.

The Independent Bankers Association of Texas and Bank of the West have provided leadership in bringing this safety program to communities throughout Texas.  Bank of the West has two branches in Irving:  2400 W. Irving Blvd and 950 N. Belt Line Road.   Bill Wood, former Chairman of the Greater Irving-Las Colinas Chamber, serves as Branch President of the Irving Boulevard branch, and Scott McKinney serves as Branch President of the Belt Line branch.

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