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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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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 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.

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

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Charles River Bank Donates to Mendon-Upton Soccer Association

Photo Caption: (Mendon) Ann Gonyea, Charles River Bank AVP/Mendon Branch Officer , presents a donation check of $500 to Mendon-Upton Soccer Association’s Dave Kirby, Robert Cavanaugh, and Jonathan Harvey, along with members of the girls soccer team, in support of the 2016 season.

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Charles River Bank Contributes to Taft Public Library Relocation in Mendon

Photo Caption: (Mendon) Ann Gonyea, Assistant Vice President and Mendon Branch Officer, Jack Hamilton, President and CEO, and Ann Sherry, Vice President of Customer Care and Relationship Development, pose for a picture at the newly opened Taft Public Library. The new library’s Lower Level Circulation Desk was funded through a $2,500 contribution from Charles River Bank.

On September 13, 2016, Taft Public Library held their grand re-opening in their newly constructed location at 29 North Avenue. Charles River Bank AVP/Mendon Branch Officer Ann Gonyea, President & CEO Jack Hamilton, and SVP/Customer Care & Relationship Development Ann Sherry attended the event. The bank’s financial contribution to the project helped build the library’s lower level circulation desk where visitors will be able to check out library materials.

The library first opened in 1881 and has grown substantially over the past 135 years. This relocation has helped transition the library into the 21st century in order to better serve the surrounding community.

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Charles River Bank Donates to Medway Mustang Gridiron Club

Photo Caption: (Medway) Ann Sherry, Charles River Bank Senior Vice President of Customer Care and Relationship Development, presents a donation check of $1,000 to the Medway Mustang Gridiron Club represented by cheer and football captains: Sarah O’Connor, Dylan Ehrmanntraut, Patrick Travers, and Julianne Pratt in support of the 2016 season.

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Charles River Bank Donates to Medway Youth Football and Cheer

Photo Caption: (Medway) Ann Sherry, Charles River Bank Senior Vice President of Customer Care and Relationship Development, presents a donation check of $1,000 to Medway Youth Football and Cheer’s President John Farrell, Treasurer Cheryl Richardson, and Vice President Matthew Applebaum, along with members of the football and cheerleading teams, to support the 2016 season.

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Charles River Bank Donates $1000 To Bellingham July 4th Celebration

Photo Caption: (L-R): Michael Soter (Chairman, Bellingham Board of Selectman), Ann Sherry (Sr. Vice President/Customer Care & Relationship Development, Charles River Bank), Michael Tuite (Assistant Vice President/Bellingham Branch Officer of Charles River Bank), and Denis Fraine (Bellingham Town Administrator).

Every year the Town of Bellingham hosts a fun-filled 4th of July celebration and this year’s event will feature even more exciting entertainment and activities. 2016 marks Bellingham’s 20th anniversary of hosting this family oriented celebration of our nation’s Independence Day.

Charles River Bank has supported the Town of Bellingham’s July 4th celebration since opening its Bellingham office. This year Charles River Bank Sr. Vice President Ann Sherry and AVP & Bellingham Branch Officer Michael Tuite presented Bellingham Board of Selectman Chairman Mike Soter and Town Administrator Denis Fraine with a donation of $1,000 to help offset some of the expenses of the fireworks and musical entertainment.

“Each year this event has been funded through donations and, once again, businesses like Charles River Bank are stepping up in a big way,” stated Fraine.

This year’s celebration will be held on Monday, July 4th. Free parking for this event is available at both the Bellingham Middle School and High School on Blackstone Street. At 6:30 PM there will be a concert featuring the band, Pieces of Eight, and at approximately 9:30 PM the always much anticipated fireworks show created by the Rhode Island Pyrotechnics begins. Local youth groups and school organizations will be offering refreshments and 4th of July novelties.

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