Paws for a Moment by Bonny Corbeil

Holly Hardy of FirstBank’s Cruz Bay branch accepts a $2,000 neighborhood grant on behalf of St. John’s Animal Care Center.

Our ACC annual meeting will be at the Gifft Hill School’s lower campus in the great room on Wednesday, January 24, at 7 p.m. The St. John community is welcome and encouraged to attend. A membership table will be set up should you choose to support us by becoming a member. It is a great opportunity to come out and meet your ACC Board members personally and hear what your ACC has done in the past year on your behalf.

“Help Us Care” is our slogan meant to remind people of the importance of their involvement in helping animals on St. John. We would love your participation and ideas in helping us “grow” our organization and meeting its mandate. Come out and meet others who care about animals! For more information call Bonny Corbeil at 693-5874 or e-mail me at We hope to see you there.

A board meeting with board members will follow.

Last month, our ACC was the grateful recipient of a $2,000 grant from FirstBank.

The FirstBank’s Neighborhood Grant Pro-gram is an important part of its corporate commitment to the Virgin Islands. Since late 2002, FirstBank has contributed approximately $1 million to local programs, events projects and organizations that benefit our community and $150,000 of that through the Neighborhood Grant Program.

Holly Hardy, an employee of FirstBank, is on the St. John ACC Board of Directors. She is also Chair of Finances and is fully aware of the many ongoing financial needs of the organization as well as the many good works that it does in its mandate to care for for homeless, abandoned and abused animals on St. John. Holly applied for this grant on behalf of the ACC. We are grateful to her for her efforts on our behalf.

Thank you Holly! It reminds us that there really are many good outstanding corporate citizens like FirstBank out there who want to help and support the efforts of our ACC.