At a celebratory reception held at Cruiseport Gloucester on Thursday, October 10, Patrick Thorpe, president and CEO of BankGloucester, announced the winners of the bank’s 12th annual Banking for the Community program and presented them with their checks. “We are fortunate to be part of a great community that truly cares about each other and we are happy to be able to support so many organizations that have an impact on our community, through this program,” said Thorpe.
With nearly 9,000 votes cast by the public, this year’s program was a tremendous success. A total of 87 organizations received votes this year. The program awarded 19 organizations a combined total of $21,000. BankGloucester would like to thank the members of the community whose votes determined how the funds were distributed. Votes were cast through the bank’s website or via paper ballot at the Gloucester and Essex locations of the bank.
There were eighteen organizations featured on the ballot and as always, write-ins were welcomed. Two of the winners this year were write-ins. The organization receiving the most votes was Cape Ann Animal Aid, which received a check for $5,000 and a bonus check for $1,000 based on special votes cast at the event. The Open Door and Back Yard Growers finished second and third respectively and received $3,000 each. Rose Baker Senior Center and Schooner Adventure each received a check for $1,000 for coming in fourth and fifth place. Coming in sixth through 19th, each receiving $500 were the following: Senior Care, Gloucester Education Foundation, Wellspring, Action, Inc., Essex Shipbuilding Museum, Cape Ann YMCA, Art Haven, Care Dimensions, Education Foundation of Rockport, Gloucester Stage Company, Gloucester Writers Center (write-in), Manchester Council on Aging, Seaside Sustainability (write-in), and Essex Council on Aging.
BankGloucester, a $280 million state-chartered mutual bank has been serving Gloucester and its neighboring communities since 1887. BankGloucester is headquartered at 160 Main Street in Gloucester and has a branch at 15 Martin Street in Essex. They are a member of the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation (FDIC) and a member of the Share Insurance Fund (SIF). At BankGloucester, all deposits are insured in full.