26 May 2013

Voices for Kids of Southwest Florida improved by BB&T-Oswald Trippe and Company’s Lighthouse Project

FORT MYERS, Fla. (May 26, 2013) – BB&T-Oswald Trippe and Company employees recently participated in the Lighthouse Project, a company-wide community service program, to support Voices for Kids of Southwest Florida.

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 outcome of this improvement project is absolutely amazing. It’s an uplifting and bright area for the children who are going through difficult circumstances,” said Darlene Ann Grossman, Voices for Kids of Southwest Florida executive director. “We cannot thank the BB&T-Oswald Trippe and Company team enough for their hard work and compassion.”

“We wanted to support Voices for Kids of Southwest Florida because of the great work they do for the children in Lee County,” said Stacey Mercado, BB&T-Oswald Trippe and Company’s marketing/sales development specialist. “We’re proud to team up and help in any way we can.”

The BB&T-Oswald Trippe and Company team has selected several projects to assist nonprofit agencies during May to make a positive impact on the lives of people in need. BB&T hopes their efforts encourage others in the community to volunteer their time and support organizations such as Voices for Kids of Southwest Florida.

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 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 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. For more information, visit

BB&T-Oswald Trippe and Company provides comprehensive insurance and risk-management services to families and businesses throughout Florida. The agency offers protection from the nation’s leading insurance companies. BB&T-Oswald Trippe and Company has offices in Fort Myers, Cape Coral, Holmes Beach, Miami, Naples, Ocala and Weston, Fla.

BB&T Insurance Services, the sixth largest insurance broker in the U.S. and the eighth largest internationally, is a wholly owned subsidiary of BB&T. Founded in 1922, it operates more than 100 insurance agencies in Maryland, West Virginia, Virginia, Kentucky, Tennessee, North Carolina, South Carolina, Alabama, Georgia, Florida and California. Visit to learn more. BB&T Insurance Services is a wholly owned subsidiary of Branch Banking & Trust Company.

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Sharon Arnold, Gravina, Smith, Matte & Arnold Marketing and PR, 239-275-5758,