The Boys and Girls Clubs of Mason County are beneficiaries of a Leadership Excellence in Neighborhood Development Award (LEND) presented to Mary Traxler, who resides in Shelton, by Seafirst’s parent company, Bank of America.

LEND recognizes Bank of America employees for outstanding leadership in their communities, either through job-related initiatives or community outreach outside the bank. Associates are nominated for the award by peers and managers.

Bank of America will make a $1,000 contribution in Traxler’s name to the Boys and Girls Club of Mason County.

Traxler is a Seafirst vice president and business banking account officer serving a territory that includes Mason and Thurston counties. She was cited for her involvement in a variety of local activities.

She serves on the review committee for the Grays Harbor Olympic Micro Loan Fund and is a member of the Affiliated Tribes of Washington Sovereign Lending Task Force. In addition, she has assisted the Enterprise for Equity, a Thurston County nonprofit that supports a micro-lending fund, and the Economic Development Councils in Thurston and Mason counties.

Traxler also has assisted the Shoalwater and Skokomish tribes with long-range economic development plans and is a participant in the Washington Community Economic Revitalization Team, a task force formed by the governor.