ARK Donation

First Community Bank recently presented Animal Rescue Kleberg with a $1,000 donation through its Other’s First Project. Pictured with FCB bank representatives and Kingsville Bank Manager Brian Coufal are ARK Board President Joy Aynsley, board member Ofelia Arevalo, vice-president Kris VanBeers and treasurer Virginia Wymore. 

First Community Bank presented a $1,000 donation to Animal Rescue Kleberg last Thursday as part of the bank’s Other’s First Project, which recognizes organizations and charities that help communities in the Coastal Bend region.

Each year, First Community Bank asks its employees to nominate local organizations for the Others First Project. The bank then selects three of the nominations each month, and asks employees and local residents to show their support for an organization through social media likes, shares, comments and retweets.

The group with the highest number of social engagements receives a $1,000 donation, which for September was local non-profit organization Animal Rescue Kleberg.

“First Community Bank is so pleased to recognize Animal Rescue Kleberg for the good work they do in our community,” Brian Coufal, FCB senior vice-president and Kingsville bank manager, said. “The volunteers who work tirelessly to make ARK successful should be proud of the work they do and we, as a community, applaud their efforts.”

Founded in 1988, Animal Rescue Kleberg has worked to raise awareness for the general welfare of animals while placing homeless and neglected cats and dogs into permanent homes.

ARK Board President Joy Ansley said the donation would help with the organization’s general operations, such as food, cleaning supplies and medical bills.

“We haven’t started any new projects yet,” Aynsley said. “But a donation like this means a lot. All of our funding is from donations and grants, whenever possible.”

Animal Rescue Kleberg is located at 225 E. Henrietta Ave. and is open Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays from 4:30 - 7 p.m. The organization can be found on online at

Anthony Ruiz can be contacted at or (361) 221-0251.

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