Regal Bank, headquartered at 570 West Mount Pleasant Avenue (Rte. 10) in Livingston, with a second branch at 504 South Livingston Avenue, also in Livingston, was one of the proud sponsors of the Friendship Walk, held on November 2nd at the Turtle Back Zoo to raise money for the Friendship Circle of New Jersey. The Regal Bank also formed its own team to participate in the walk and raise money for a very worthy cause. The Friendship Circle of New Jersey is a Jewish organization that was formed to extend a helping hand to families who have children with autism and other special needs.
The Circle's unique program introduces teenage volunteers to visit with the special needs child on a weekly basis. The volunteer gives the child friendship, acceptance and the chance to participate in social and recreational activities, while providing the child’s family with a respite from the demanding responsibilities of caring for a special needs child. The teenage volunteer learns the value of caring for those less fortunate, and the child looks forward to the weekly visits to play with and learn from their older friend. Most of all, it gives the child a much needed boost of confidence and self-esteem.
Regal Bank also hosted a "Bank Night" on October 29th to give the children a "behind-the-scenes" look at how a Bank operates. They enjoyed helping to operate the air-pressure transport tube at the drive-through and thought the vault was "really neat." Each child had the opportunity to open their own checking account, as well.
Christina Slater, VP and Branch Manager of Regal Bank, says, "The Friendship Circle of New Jersey is a unique and empowering organization that enriches the children, their families, the teenage volunteers and everyone who participates in its program. We were happy to support such a wonderful organization."