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Sunflower Bank unveils new Downtown Branch, Public Art Exhibit; Donates $25k to EPCH Foundation

In recognition of its move to Downtown El Paso, Sunflower Bank announced a new partnership with El Paso Children’s Hospital (EPCH) with a ribbon-cutting and unveiling of a public art exhibition for Child Life’s Therapeutic Arts Program.

The event was held live on Zoom and hosted by Estela Casas, Executive Director of the El Paso Children’s Hospital Foundation.

Casas and Ernesto Avila, regional president for Sunflower Bank, were at the location. Remote participants included Mollie Carter, Sunflower Bank Chairman; Cindy Stout, EPCH CEO; and some of the pediatric patients whose work is on display.

“It is very exciting to share our incredible new space on the second floor of 201 East Main with El Paso,” said Mollie Carter, Sunflower Bank Chairman. “At Sunflower Bank, our mission is ‘Bringing out the best in the lives we touch . . . Creating Possibility.’ This means not just providing the financial services our community needs but also supporting the invaluable services of local institutions like El Paso Children’s Hospital.”

As part of the unveiling, officials with the bank donated $25,000 to Child Life and its Therapeutic Arts Program that supports the emotional well-being of pediatric patients and their families through art instruction.

“As a dedicated children’s hospital, one of the most key and unique programs is our Child Life Department. I see every day how our child life specialists work to create an environment of hope and healing for not just our patients but their families as well. During this time, in particular, their efforts have often been heroic as they continue to engage and help children as they go through their hospital journey,” says Cindy Stout, CEO, El Paso Children’s Hospital.

“Child life specialists are experts in child development, who promote effective coping through play, preparation, education, and
self-expression activities. Thank you, Sunflower Bank, for your support of our important program.”

An exhibit of children’s art created in the program will be on display to the public during branch hours through 2022.

“The El Paso Children’s Hospital Foundation is grateful to Sunflower Bank’s donation to help support our Therapeutic Arts program. We are thrilled that everyone who walks into the bank will see how young patients dealing with an illness can heal more quickly when
they are able to share their feelings on a canvas and create something beautiful!” Estela Casas, Executive Director, El Paso Children’s Hospital Foundation added.

Sunflower Bank, with three branches in El Paso, is now the anchor tenant in the iconic landmark known as ONE San Jacinto, located at 201 East Main in Downtown El Paso.

Sunflower Bank’s full-service location contains a retail branch offering personal banking and Guardian Mortgage services. The El Paso commercial team, led by regional president Ernesto Avila, is also located on-site and includes business banking, international banking, treasury management and credit specialists, in addition to the commercial relationship team.

The location is open from 8 a.m. – 5 p.m. Monday through Friday.