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Charles River Bank Marketing and Retail Banking Support Representative Catrina Lopes, Salvation Army Major Dave Irwin and Charles River Bank President and CEO Jack Hamilton display a selection of the hundreds of toys donated this year by the bank to the Salvation Army’s Adopt-A-Family Program.

Charles River Bank Delivers a Merry Christmas for 45 Children with the Salvation Army Adopt-A-Family Program in Milford

Caption: Charles River Bank Marketing and Retail Banking Support Representative Catrina Lopes, Salvation Army Major Dave Irwin and Charles River Bank President and CEO Jack Hamilton display a selection of the hundreds of toys donated this year by the bank to the Salvation Army’s Adopt-A-Family Program.

Charles River Bank shared in the Christmas spirit this year through their partnership with the Milford Salvation Army’s Adopt-A-Family Program. The bank adopted 45 children, and through the generosity of the bank’s employees and customers, all 45 received many items on their wish lists including bikes, roller blades, dolls and coats. Marketing and Retail Banking Support Representative Catrina Lopes organized the yearly tradition for the bank by getting the children’s lists from the Salvation Army and making sure each child was adopted and received what they asked for.

Charles River Bank President and CEO Jack Hamilton stated, “Our local community members show time and time again what it means to come together for the greater good. The amount of toys and clothing purchased for these children is astounding. We are happy to partner with the Salvation Army for this wonderful program, and seeing the generosity of our employees and community members reminds me of why we do this every year.”

The Adopt-A-Family program aims to help local families who have fallen on hard times make Christmas a special time for their children. Parents submit a wish-list for their children detailing their first name, age, gender, clothing sizes and some games and toys they would like to receive. Local businesses and community groups adopt a certain number of children then donors select a wish-list and purchase the items requested.

“The holiday season is a time when we depend on community support the most in order to bring Christmas to those in need. The joy in the eyes of a child when they receive a toy, the relief on the face of a parent when there is food for the family, the smile of the homeless person as they receive food and clothes and the gratitude someone expresses for help with a utility bill or rent . . . these are priceless gifts that the local community helps make possible,” said Major Jessie Irwin of the Milford Salvation Army.

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Scholarship donation

Three Students Awarded Scholarships from Charles River Bank

Senior Vice President of Customer Care and Relationship Development Ann Sherry presents a scholarship check to UMass Boston freshman Luc Lafayette for participating in the student teller program at Charles River Bank during high school and for successfully completing his first semester of college.

Charles River Bank Senior Vice President of Customer Care and Relationship Development Ann Sherry is pleased to award annual scholarships from Charles River Bank to Luc Lafayette, Brian Culcasi and Ashley Paturzo. All three students are 2016 graduates of Medway High School. Scholarship recipients must demonstrate that they have successfully completed their first semester of college and are enrolled for second semester classes. Lafayette is studying Political Science at the University of Massachusetts in Boston. Culcasi is in his freshmen year at Florida Gulf Coast University where he is majoring in professional golf management. Paturzo attends the University of South Carolina and is majoring in retail management.

To be eligible for a scholarship, students must either participate as a student-teller in the School Bank Program at Medway High School where Charles River Bank operates a full-service educational branch, or be employed at any of Charles River Bank’s three branches. Student- tellers at the Medway High School office earn school credit as tellers at the school branch. They learn about banking operations, regulations, financial services and marketing.

“Luc, Brian and Ashley are extremely deserving of these scholarships. They were wonderful assets to the Student Banking Program and Luc also worked in our Main Office at Charles River Bank. It’s exciting to see them succeed in college. I hope these scholarships will help each of them with their college expenses,” said Sherry.

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MHS Shoe Drive

Charles River Bank Participates in MHS TADA Shoe Drive

Collection Box at the Medway branch of Charles River Bank
for MHS TADA’s Shoe Drive. Shoes are being collected until March 26th.

Charles River Bank is participating in this year’s Medway High School Tolerance Acceptance Diversity Alliance (MHS TADA) Shoe Drive. Drop off new or gently-used shoes to the Medway branch of Charles River Bank, located at 70

Main Street, until March 26th. Shoes will be used to support small, local businesses in developing countries where walking is the main mode of transportation. Any type of shoe is accepted. Please ensure shoes do not have any holes, rips, detached soles or are overly dirty. Your donation will provide shoes to a developing community, income to small business owners and support to MHS TADA.

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Franklin Food Pantry

Charles River Bank Makes Donation to Franklin Food Pantry

Vice President of Commercial Lending Heather Johnson (L) and Senior Vice President of Customer Care and Relationship Development Ann Sherry (R) present a donation check to Franklin Food Pantry Executive Director Erin Lynch (C).

Vice President of Commercial Lending Heather Johnson (L) and Senior Vice President of Customer Care and Relationship Development Ann Sherry (R) present a donation check to Franklin Food Pantry Executive Director Erin Lynch (C).

Charles River Bank recently made a donation to the Franklin Food Pantry. The Franklin Food Pantry is an integral part of the Franklin community, servicing over 600 families each month. They offer an array of items to community members including canned meals, dairy products, fresh fruits and

vegetables, meat and personal hygiene items. The $500 donated by Charles River Bank will go towards purchasing fresh fruits, vegetables, meat, fish and other perishable items most needed by the food pantry.

The Franklin Food Pantry is a private, nonprofit organization relying solely on donations from community members, corporations and strategic partners without any funding from the town or state. They are a member of the Greater Boston Food Bank where they can receive quality food at more affordable prices for their clients. Franklin Food Pantry is located at 43 West Central Street in Franklin or can be found online at www.franklinfoodpantry.org.

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Adopt a Family Pick Up

Charles River Bank Delivers a Merry Christmas for 40 Children with the Salvation Army Adopt-A-Family Program in Milford

Vice President and Commercial Loan Officer Peter Rizzo, President and CEO Jack Hamilton, Vice President and Commercial Loan Officer Heather Johnson, and Salvation Army Major Jessie Irwin display a few of the many toys donated this year by Charles River Bank to the Salvation Army’s Adopt-A-Family Program.

Charles River Bank brought Christmas cheer to many local families this year through their involvement in the Milford Salvation Army’s Adopt-A-Family Program. The bank adopted 40 children, and through the generosity of the bank’s employees and customers, all 40 received multiple toys and clothes including bikes, dolls, pajamas and coats. Marketing and Retail Banking Support Representative Catrina Lopes organized the yearly tradition for the bank by getting the wish-lists from the Salvation Army and making sure each child was adopted and received what they asked for.

Charles River Bank President and CEO Jack Hamilton stated, “Our employees and customers exemplify the giving spirit of the Christmas season. To see a whole office filled with games, toys and clothing donated to children in need shows just how special our community is. This is an annual tradition for Charles River Bank, and each year I am left in awe at how generous people can be.”

The Adopt-A-Family program aims to help local families who have fallen on hard times make Christmas a special time for their children. Parents submit a wish-list for their children detailing their first name, age, gender, clothing sizes and some games and toys they would like to receive. Local businesses and community groups adopt a certain number of children then donors select a wish-list and purchase the items requested. This year, the program helped 535 children.

“People who care about others is the most valuable commodity found anywhere on the planet. Our communities are filled with just these types of people – people who are dedicated to change and caring. It is humbling to be involved with such a caring and loving community,” said Major Dave Irwin of the Milford Salvation Army.

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Medway Christmas Parade

Charles River Bank Donates to Annual Medway Christmas Parade

(Medway) Charles River Bank President and CEO Jack Hamilton presents a donation check of $1,000 to the Medway Christmas Parade Committee, represented by Vice President of EPCO Inc. Richard Parrella, Town of Medway Treasurer/Collector Joanne Russo and Chief of Medway Police Allen Tingley. This year’s parade will be held on Saturday, November 26th and will begin at 5:30pm at the Medway Middle School. The parade will end at Choate Park where visitors will be treated to a snack bar inside the Thayer House, fireworks and a visit from Santa Claus!

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Medway Gift Donations

Charles River Bank Prepares for Adopt-A-Family Program Through the Salvation Army in Milford

Gift donations made in 2015 at Charles River Bank to the Adopt-A-Family Program through the Salvation Army in Milford.

Every year, Charles River Bank proudly participates in the Adopt-A-Family Program offered through the Salvation Army in Milford. We pledge to adopt between 40 and 50 children each holiday season.

Bank employees, as well as our generous customers, are matched up with various families in need. Sponsors are then given a wish list that a child has created and purchase items specifically requested by that child. Trees will be set up in the Medway, Bellingham and Mendon branches with ornaments listing a child in need, their age, their clothing size and some gift requests.

Please stop by one of our branches at the end of November to collect an ornament or contact info@charlesriverbank.com if you would like us to send you a wish list.

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Charles River Bank Begins Annual Food Drive for 2016 Holiday Season

Photo Caption: (Medway) A sample of the food donations made in 2015 by Charles River Bank to the Medway Food Pantry.

Photo Caption: (Medway) A sample of the food donations made in 2015 by Charles River Bank to the Medway Food Pantry.

A long-standing tradition with Charles River Bank is the annual Food Drive. Every year during the months of November and December, the Charles River Bank branches set up donation tables in their lobbies for customers and bank staff to make food donations to the Medway, Bellingham and Mendon Food Pantries. Items most needed by the Food Pantries include: canned meals, dry foods such as cereal and pasta, other non-perishable food items, paper goods, diapers and personal hygiene items. Be on the look-out for the donation tables at your local branch over the next few weeks.

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Charles River Bank offers FREE Activities in conjunction with Mendon Lions Country Fair

Photo Caption: Hundreds of pumpkins will be ready and waiting for local children to decorate at Charles River Bank’s Mendon office, located at 1 Hastings Street, during the Country Fair on October 8th from 10am to 5pm.

Photo Caption: Hundreds of pumpkins will be ready and waiting for local children to decorate at Charles River Bank’s Mendon office, located at 1 Hastings Street, during the Country Fair on October 8th from 10am to 5pm.

Charles River Bank is proud to once again be a corporate sponsor Mendon Lions Country Fair that is being held this year on Saturday, October 8th from 10am to 5pm at the fields of the Blessing Barn, 5 Hastings Street. The Bank’s booth on the fairgrounds will offer free Halloween themed gifts for children, candy, other gifts and free raffle prizes, as well as discount coupons for various financial services including, new accounts, safe deposit boxes and mortgage loans. Bank staff will be available all day to greet visitors and answer any questions.

In addition, Charles River Bank will offer complimentary fun family activities at their Mendon Office at 1 Hastings Street, which is adjacent to the fairgrounds. On CRB’s front lawn, is a bounce house with a giant inflatable slide for children and those fun-loving adults who are kids at heart. Inside the office, children can tap into their creative talents by selecting one of the hundreds of small pumpkins provided by the bank to decorate on site. The Bank will also have Halloween themed coloring & activity books, balloons, cupcakes, candy and beverages. Be sure to stop in and enjoy the FREE activities on your way into or out of the fairgrounds!

“Charles River Bank has been a long-time supporter of the Mendon Lions Club and the Country Fair, which is a perennial favorite event for our town. We love the opportunity to bring these family centered activities to the local community in conjunction with the Fair. We welcome our existing customers and look forward to meeting new friends in our Mendon office and at our Fair booth!” stated Charles River Bank President & CEO Jack Hamilton.

For any questions about our booth or branch activities, please call 508-533- 8661 or email info@charlesriverbank.com.

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