Bank holds event to stress safety
By Matt Getty

Beneficial Bank in Gloucester Township held its first ever safety event Saturday.The branch that sits on Berlin/Cross-Keys Road held the event in order to raise awareness.

Groups including Gloucester Township's fire, police and emergency teams set up an area to educate people about physical safety. A fire truck, police van, and ambulance unit were set up in the parking lot of the bank and volunteers were ready for the questions. "We are here today to look at safety in all senses of the word. Physical safety is just as important as financial. That's why we invited the emergency response teams," said Rowe.

Others took part in the event as well. Chick-Fill-A is a fast food restaurant across the street from the bank and they too took part in Saturday's event.

"We're friendly businesses so it made sense that they would be involved in this. They're giving away free food," said Rowe.

Chick-Fill-A's mascot (the cow) walked around taking pictures as well as the mascot from the Camden Riversharks.

Face painting was one indoor activity. Kim Rowe (Doug's wife) and their kids, Mason and Brody showed their support for the banks special day.

Their oldest Mason spent some time getting her face painted in a patriotic theme.

"She got the American flag. I think it goes well with her outfit," said Kim Rowe, as she pointed out Mason's flag embroider shirt.

Gloucester Township Mayor Cindy RauHatton made it her duty to make an appearance during the event.

It took about a month and a half to coordinate the event, Doug Rowe said.

"It was tough because we had to make calls and get other organizations involved and we have a lot of cooperation from the mayor's office and some of the local authorities. I think it was worth it worked out well," he added.

According to Doug Rowe, this is only the first open event that this branch of Beneficial has held since its opening about two years ago. He says that the branch wants to do more to involve themselves in the community and so they will hold more events like this one.

"Of course our cooperate office wants us to spread our wings a little bit more but it's really up to the individual branches to come up with ideas and then follow through with them. Here at this branch (now that this was a success) we plan on doing a lot more," said Doug Rowe.

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