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Santa and Mrs. Claus Visit Pasadena and West U

posted on December 11, 2018 in Community

Bob Gebhard and Tina Kennedy play Mr. and Mrs. Claus for Texas Citizens Bank’s annual Santa visit.

Christmas Traditions Continue at Texas Citizens Bank

It’s been a whirlwind of a month. Between donation drives, Santa visits, and new loans and deposits, our employees have been busy as Christmas elves this season.

Santa Visits West U

We kicked off the month with a visit from our favorite North Pole duo: Mr. and Mrs. Claus. Volunteering their Saturday morning, the Christmas couple posed for photos, listened to wish lists, and brought  treats to share.

Surprising some, the holiday icons were more than familiar with our bank and mild Texas winters. After all, this was far from their first tour.

Pasadena’s Favorite Claus Couple

Bob Gebhard (Santa) joined Texas Citizens Bank as an original senior bank officer when the bank opened in 2006. Not far behind him in years of service, Tina Kennedy (Mrs. Claus) just celebrated her seventh anniversary with the bank in November. The pair has partnered up nearly every Christmas to provide free photos and cookies to customers.

In addition to visiting all six of our bank locations—Pasadena, NASA, Clear Lake, West University, Rosenberg, and Baytown—Bob Gebhard’s Santa Claus resume also includes regular visits to Fisher Elementary, West View, and Sherry and Roy Bufkin’s famous Christmas Wonderland.

“I feel like it’s my responsibility to give back to the community,” said Gebhard.

Now retired, Bob Gebhard continues to inspire and motivate others by working as a certified speaker, executive coach, and, of course, as Santa Claus himself.

Special Invites from Santa

To make this year’s Santa visit to her branch extra special, our West University manager, Irene Duque, sent personalized invites from Santa to customers that came to see Santa in years past.

“They absolutely loved it,” said Irene. “Usually, it’s the parents that get the flyers, but this event is for the kids. It made sense for the kids to get their own special invites from Santa. It makes the whole experience that much more real.”

Santa’s Next Stop

While the Clauses are no longer in West University, they are scheduled for one more special stop before Christmas.

From 9 AM to 11 AM on Christmas Eve morning, Mr. and Mrs. Claus will be at our headquarters in Pasadena, TX. Once again, we invite families to bring their own cameras for photos and cookies with the jolly couple!

Specially frosted Christmas cookies from Pasadena’s Savannah Café & Bakery will be handed out to the first dozen people that show. Additionally, other holiday treats will be available throughout the morning.

January 2, 2019 update:

Since their last reported visit to Texas Citizens Bank–West University, Mr. and Mrs. Claus managed to stop by Texas Citizens Bank (TCB) headquarters and the rest of the world!  All in just 24 hours! Here they are in full Christmas mode at TCB–Pasadena:

Santa and Mrs. Claus in Pasadena, Texas, December 2018.

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