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Community Investment Program




Gregory R. Shook, President & Chief Executive Officer of Essex Savings Bank announced today, “We are extremely proud to report available contributions of $223,373 from our Community Investment Program in our 163rd year”. The Bank annually commits 10% of its after tax net income to qualifying organizations within the immediate market area consisting of Chester, Deep River, Essex, Lyme, Madison, Old Lyme, Old Saybrook and Westbrook. This program provides financial support to over 200 non-profit organizations who offer outstanding services to the ever-increasing needs of our communities. By year end, a total of $3,896,917 will have been distributed since inception in 1996. Essex Savings Bank customers determine 30% of the fund allocations each year by voting directly for three of their favorite causes, charities or organizations who have submitted applications to participate. Ballots will be available at all Essex Savings Bank Offices between February 1 and March 15 to determine an allocation of $67,012. The Bank’s Directors, Senior Officers, Branch Managers and Essex Financial Services, Inc., the Bank’s subsidiary, will distribute the remaining 70%, or $156,361.


2014 (85 Organizations)

Act II Thrift Shop, Inc.
Bikes for Kids, Inc.
Brazilian and American Youth Cultural Exchange (BRAYCE)
Bushy Hill Nature Center
Camp Claire, Inc.
Camp Hazen YMCA
CDE (Chester, Deep River, Essex) Cooperative Nursery School
Chester Historical Society
Chester Land Trust, Inc.
Common Good Gardens, Inc.
Community Music School
The Connecticut River Museum at Steamboat Dock
The Country School, Inc.
The Deacon John Grave Foundation
Deep River Ambulance Association, Inc.
Deep River Elementary PTO, Inc.
The Deep River Fire Department
Deep River Historical Society, Inc.
Deep River Junior Ancient Fife & Drum Corps, Inc.
Deep River Land Trust, Inc.
Dog Days Adoption Events, Inc.
Essex Ambulance Association, Inc.
The Essex Art Association, Incorporated
Essex Community Fund, Inc.
Essex Elementary School Foundation, Inc.
Essex Elementary School Parent-Teacher Organization, Inc.
Essex Fire Engine Company #1
Essex Historical Society, Inc.
Essex Library Association
Essex Winter Series, Inc.
Estuary Council of Seniors, Inc. - Meals on Wheels
Florence Griswold Museum
Forgotten Felines, Inc.
Friends In Service Here (F.I.S.H.)
Friends of Hammonasset, Inc.
Friends of the Acton Public Library
Friends of the Chester Public Library, Inc.
Graduation Night, Inc. - Old Saybrook
High Hopes Therapeutic Riding, Inc.
Hope Partnership, Inc.
Ivoryton Playhouse Foundation, Inc.
The Katharine Hepburn Cultural Arts Center, Inc.

Literacy Volunteers - Valley Shore, CT, Inc.
Lyme Ambulance Association, Inc.

Lyme Art Association, Inc.
The Lyme Fire Company, Inc.
Lyme Land Conservation Trust, Inc.
Lyme-Old Lyme Education Foundation
Lyme-Old Lyme Safe Graduation Party, Inc.
Lyme Public Hall Association, Inc.
Lyme Public Library, Inc.
Lymes' Elderly Housing, Inc. (Lymewood)
The Madison ABC Program, Incorporated
(aka Madison A Better Chance, Inc.)
Madison Ambulance Association, Inc.
Madison Community Services, Inc.
The Madison Foundation, Inc.
Madison Historical Society, Inc.
Madison Land Conservation Trust, Inc.
Maritime Education Network, Inc.
Musical Masterworks, Inc.
Old Lyme Children's Learning Center, Inc.
Old Lyme Historical Society, Inc.
Old Lyme-Phoebe Griffin Noyes Library Association
Old Saybrook Education Foundation
Old Saybrook Fire Company Number One, Inc.
Old Saybrook Historical Society
Old Saybrook Land Trust, Inc.
Pet Connections, Inc.
Potapaug Audubon Society
The Region 4 Education Foundation, Inc. (R4EF)
Scranton Library, Madison (aka E.C. Scranton Memorial Library)
The Shoreline Soup Kitchens & Pantries
Sister Cities Essex Haiti, Inc.
Tait's Every Animal Matters (TEAM)
The Touchdown Club, Inc. (Valley Regional High School/
Old Lyme High School Football)
Tracy Art Center, Inc.
Tri-Town Youth Services Bureau, Inc.
Valley Baseball-Softball Booster Club, Inc.
Valley Shore Animal Welfare League
Valley-Shore YMCA
Visiting Nurses of the Lower Valley, Inc. (VNLV)
Vista Vocational & Life Skills Center, Inc.
Westbrook Project Graduation, Inc.
Westbrook Youth and Family Services, Inc.
The Woman's Exchange of Old Lyme





2013 Community Investment Program – Top Ten Ballot Winners:

Left to Right: Gregory R. Shook, President/CEO, Essex Savings Bank; Thomas Brown, Chief, The Lyme Fire Company, Inc.; Edmund D. Yeager, Sr., Treasurer, Old Saybrook Fire Company Number One, Inc.; Richard Conroy, Director, Essex Library Association; Paula Ferrara, Executive Director & Connie Cliffe, Board of Directors President, Estuary Council of Seniors, Inc. – Meals on Wheels; Linda Dillon, Board Member, Rona Malakof, Board Member, The Shoreline Soup Kitchens & Pantries; Pam McChesney, Administrative Coordinator & Donna Sicuranza, President, Tait’s Every Animal Matters (TEAM); Dave Fowler, President & Carol Fowler, Bikes For Kids, Inc.; Mimi Thomas, Board Member & Jan Norrie, Board Member, Forgotten Felines, Inc.; Patty Dowling, Executive Director, The Shoreline Soup Kitchens & Pantries; Glynn McAraw, President, Pet Connections, Inc.; Eve Sutton, Vice President, Valley Shore Animal Welfare League; Thomas W. Lindner, Vice President/Community Relations Officer, Essex Savings Bank.

1. The Shoreline Soup Kitchens & Pantries (708 votes - $7,632)
2. Valley Shore Animal Welfare League (391 votes - $4,215)
3. Forgotten Felines, Inc. (328 votes - $3,536)
4. Old Saybrook Fire Company Number One, Inc. (287 votes - $3,094)
5. Estuary Council of Seniors, Inc. – Meals on Wheels (275 votes - $2,964)
6. Tait’s Every Animal Matters (TEAM) (263 votes - $2,835)
7. Pet Connections, Inc. (215 votes - $2,318)
8. Essex Library Association (212 votes - $2,285)
9. Bikes For Kids, Inc. (184 votes - $1,983)
10. The Lyme Fire Company, Inc. (171 votes - $1,843)


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