19 Aug 2013

BB&T-OTC receives corporate Lighthouse Project Spirit Award and $5,000 for Voices for Kids

FORT MYERS, Fla. (distribution date) – BB&T Corporation awarded BB&T-Oswald Trippe and Company with the 2013 Lighthouse Project Spirit Award for volunteer work. Selected from more than 1,100 projects, impacting the communities where employees work and live, BB&T-OTC received $5,000 for their partner organization, Voices for Kids of Southwest Florida.
In May, BB&T-OTC team members coordinated painting, reorganized and decorated the toddler and teen waiting rooms of Voices for Kids of Southwest Florida Guardian ad Litem Program at the Lee County Courthouse.

“The efforts of BB&T-Oswald Trippe and Company continue to astound us,” said Darlene Ann Grossman, Voices for Kids of Southwest Florida Executive Director. “We are very grateful that BB&T has recognized the local office for their hard work and compassion. The donation will benefit children through our Guardian ad Litem Program.”
BB&T associates have donated more than 200,000 hours in volunteer service and affected the lives of more than 6 million people as part of the BB&T Lighthouse Project, since its inception in 2009. Associates overwhelmingly voted to bring back the initiative this year. For more information about the Lighthouse Project, visit
Voices for Kids of Southwest Florida is a nonprofit agency supporting Florida’s 20th Judicial Circuit Guardian ad Litem Program-Lee, Collier, Charlotte, Hendry and Glades counties. The Guardian ad Litem Program supports volunteers who advocate and become the “voice”for abused, neglected and abandoned children in court, the child welfare system and the community.
VFK’s mission is to ensure every abused, neglected and abandoned child in Southwest Florida has a Guardian ad Litem volunteer who becomes the child’s “voice” in court, school and the community, and every GAL has access to financial assistance and resources available for meeting the child’s health, educational and social needs, not provided by any other source through the Voices for Kids Kids Being Kids Program. For more information, visit


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