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San Diego Private Bank regularly makes financial contributions to organizations that positively impact the lives of people. Areas benefiting from the support of San Diego Private Bank include civic events, education, youth programs, health, the arts, and business and economic development. We take pride in the accomplishments of the organizations and people we support.


San Diego Private Bank believes in "Community First" and we strive to make a difference in the communities we serve, not only as a stable financial institution but also by contributing our time and resources. Each year our directors, officers and employees spend hundreds of hours working on projects that benefit the communities where we live and work.


2015 Coronado Citizen of the Year


November 18, 2015

Daniel G. Gensler's service within the Coronado community, and philanthropic leadership that extends internationally, is at the heart of his selection as 2015 Citizen of the Year by Coronado Private Bank.

Dan is the past President of the Rotary Club of Coronado and continues to be active with Rotary on a local and global scale. He is currently the Chairman of the Sharp Coronado Hospital Foundation and a board member for Sharp Coronado Hospital. He chairs the finance council at Sacred Heart Catholic Church and is a chair of the investment subcommittee for the Coronado Yacht Club.  Dan is passionate about helping the needy and poor and continues to be involved in fundraising and outreach trips for Missionvale, South Africa.

Dan is pictured with his wife, Chris Gensler.


5th Annual Coronado Valentine's Day 10K


FEBRUARY 15, 2015

San Diego Private Bank staff participated in the 5th Annual Coronado Valentine's Day 10K. The event was held at Tidelands Park on a beautiful Sunday. Our "Courage Team" was there in full support of this fundraising event for The Islander Sports Foundation and Stephen J. Wampler Foundation.  We had a great time and can't wait until next year.



Coronado Citizen of the Year 2014 CORONADO CITIZEN OF THE YEARCitizen of the Year Award

January 15, 2015

RG Head's story of philanthropy and involvement in the Coronado community makes him a worthy recipient of Coronado Private Bank's Citizen of the Year Award for 2014.

Starting with the fact he build a replica of the Red Baron's plane that is located in the children's section of the Coronado Public Library.  He was a fleet captain at the Coronado Cays Yacht Club in 2008, and he served as Commodore in 2012.  He was also a board member of the Trinidad Village Homeowners Association where he was able to facilitate the new concrete dock.  He managed the million-dollar project to rebuild all the docks and pilings, which were constructed over 30 years ago.  They will now last another 30 years.  He is a lector and usher at Christ Episcopal Church, an active Member of the Coronado Hospital Foundation and a supporter of Coronado Island Film Festival.  He also built a model aircraft of a 1916 Albatross as a gift to the San Diego Air & Space Museum; located at the entrance to the museum.

RG is pictured with his wife, Carol; and Richard Rico, Branch Manager of the Coronado Office.

Hope Leadership Foundation EventHOPE LEADERSHIP FOUNDATION



San Diego Private Bank is a proud sponsor of Hope Leadership Foundation annual Toys for Hope event held at King-Chavez school in Barrio Logan.  Hope Leadership Foundation's goal is to help kids from kindergarten through college succeed in life by providing mentorship and educational suppoirt, access to sports and recreation and spiritual development.


Pictured are David Engleman; Director, San Diego Private Bank and Willie Briscoe; Founder-Executive Director of Hope Leadership Foundation.



Lucie C from San Elijo Elementary School Taryn O. from Christ Church Day School Kohki T. from Taft Elementary School Kaylah J from Urban Discovery Academy LOCAL SCHOOLS CREATE HOLIDAY ART


DECEMBER 1, 2014

San Diego Private Bank partnered with several schools in a holiday drawing contest.  The theme was Peace On Earth.

We had 83 entries submitted by the 2014-2015 third grade classes from four schools in the San Diego and Orange County Areas. 

These are our four lucky winners and San Diego Private Bank made a donation to each school for their participation.


Lucie C. from San Elijo Elementary School




Taryn O. from Christ Church Day School






Kohki T. from Taft Elementary School






Kaylah J. from Urban Discovery Academy







Coronado Hospital Golf TournamentCORONADO HOSPITAL FOUNDATION


SEPTEMBER 18, 2014

Coronado Hospital Foundation, a nonprofit organization, held its 4th Annual Golf Tournament on September 18, 2014 at the Sea 'N Air Golf Course, North Island.  Coronado Private Bank was a proud sponsor.

The event, chaired by Mark Tamsen, MD, was a financial success for Sharp Coronado Hospital.  The tournament raised a net of $125,000 compared to last year's $79,000!  Proceeds will be matched two-for-one by the City of Coronado; tripling the proceeds.  Funds will go towards two advanced technologies at Sharp Coronado: Endoscopic Ultrasound, and Radiostereometric Analysis.



Low Tide Ride & StrideLOW TIDE RIDE & STRIDE

June 29, 2014

Coronado Private Bank was the Platinum Sponsor for the Low Tide Ride & Stride Race put on by the Coronado Rotary Club.  We had a team of 20 individuals from our Newport office, San Diego –UTC office and our Coronado Office.  It was fun for all.  The proceeds from this event went to support the wounded warriors, primarily the Comprehensive Combat Complex Casualty Care (C5) Unit at the Naval Medical Center San Diego and the Warrior Foundation.  Also a portion supports local community programs selected by the Rotary Club of Coronado.


Concert in the ParkCONCERT IN THE PARK

JUNE 22, 2014

Coronado Private Bank was honored again this year to sponsored Concert in the Park.  The band was a group of local's, The Lonesome Georges.   This is a great venue and fun for all.  The concerts are held at  Spreckels Park and have been a staple of Coronado life for over four decades.  Sunday concerts in the park are signature elements of the Coronado experience where friendships and family memories are made.  This summer’s series promises to be as entertaining, fun and awesome as any in our 44 year history.  We are exceptionally proud to be a sponsor.



May 17, 2014

San Diego Private Bank is a proud sponsor of Rancho Santa Fe Community Center.  We supported the Moroccan Fantasy Gala on May 17th.  This is their biggest fundraiser of the year and all proceeds benefit the Community Center, a non-profit organization that has been serving the Rancho Santa Fe Community for over 40 years.



29th Annual Salute to teh Military BallSALUTE TO THE MILITARY BALL

MARCH 29, 2014

Coronado's 29th Annual Salute to the Military Ball was hosted by the Coronado Chamber of Commerce to recognize and honor those who serve and sacrifice on our behalf in the name of freedom. The event "We Honor Those Who Serve" was held at the historic Hotel Del Coronado. Joining San Di

ego Private Bank this year as our guests are, from left to right; Captain Shawn and Heather Malone, John and Dawn Ovrom, GMCS Lucas Jenkins, Renee and Randy Hinton, Sue and Joe Belmonte.


2013 Coronado Citizen of the Year


November 21, 2013

This year, Coronado Private Bank named Spiro Chaconas its 2013 Citizen of the Year in recognition of the positive and continuous force he has been in the Coronado community.

His ownership of Spiro's Gyros led him to become active with Coronado's business community.  He served on the board of directors of the former Coronado Visitors Bureau from 1997 through 1999 and on the board of the Coronado Chamber of Commerce from 1999 thourgh 2001.  He has been a member of Rotary Club of Coronado since 1999 and in San Diego has served many years on the parish council, including six years as president, at St. Spyridon's Greek Orthodox Church.

Spiro is pictured with the last four recipients of the Citizen of the Year: Doug St. Denis, Steve Wampler, Mary Sanderman and Tom Smisek.


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