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Community Investment Program




Gregory R. Shook, President & Chief Executive Officer of Essex Savings Bank announced today, “We are extremely proud the contributions milestone we are reaching in support of our Community Investment Program in our 164th 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 the end of the year, a total of $4,000,000 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 2 and March 2 to determine an allocation of funds. The Bank’s Directors, Senior Officers, Branch Managers and Essex Financial Services, Inc., the Bank’s subsidiary, will distribute the remaining 70%.


Organizations (90) qualifying to appear on the 2015 ballot include:

Act II Thrift Shop, Inc.
Bikes for Kids, Inc.
Brazilian and American Youth Cultural Exchange (BRAYCE)
Bushy Hill Nature Center
Camp Hazen YMCA

Cappella Cantorum, Inc.
CDE (Chester, Deep River, Essex) Cooperative Nursery School

Chester Elementary School-Parent Teacher Organization (PTO)
Chester Historical Society
Child & Family Agency of Southeastern Connecticut, Inc.

The Childrens's Tree Montessori School
Common Good Gardens, Inc.
Community Music School
Con Brio Choral Society, Inc.

Connecticut Audubon Society Eco Travel
The Country School, Inc.
Deacon John Grave Foundation, Inc.
Deep River Ambulance Association, Inc.
Deep River Elementary School PTO, Inc.
Deep River Fire Department
Deep River Historical Society, Inc.
Deep River Junior Ancient Fife & Drum Corps, Inc.
Dog Days Adoption Events, Inc.
Essex Community Fund, Inc
Essex Elementary School Foundation, Inc.
Essex Elementary School Parent-Teacher Organization, Inc.
The Essex Fire Engine Company No.1
Essex Historical Society, Inc

Essex Land Trust, Inc.
Essex Library Association
Essex Winter Series, Inc.
Florence Griswold Museum
Forgotten Felines, Inc.
Friends In Service Here (F.I.S.H.)
Friends of Hammonasset, Inc.

Friends of Madison Youth
Friends of the Acton Public Library
Friends of the Chester Public Library, Inc.

Friends of Lyme Public Library, Inc.

Friends of Lyme's Senior Center, Inc.
Graduation Night, Inc. - Old Saybrook
High Hopes Therapeutic Riding, Inc.
Hope Partnership, Inc.

Ivoryton Library Association
Ivoryton Playhouse Foundation, Inc.

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

Lyme Art Association, Inc.

Lyme Consolidated School Parent-Teacher Organization (PTO)
Lyme Land Conservation Trust, Inc.
Lyme-Old Lyme Education Foundation
Lyme-Old Lyme Junior Women's Club (LOLJWC)
Lyme Public Hall Association, Inc.
Lyme Public Library Foundation
Lymes' Elderly Housing, Inc. (Lymewood)

Lyme's Youth Service Bureau
Madison Historical Society, Inc.

Maritime Education Network, Inc.
Musical Masterworks, Inc.
Old Lyme Children's Learning Center, Inc.

Old Lyme Fire Department, Inc.
Old Lyme Historical Society, Inc

Old Lyme Land Trust, Inc..
Old Lyme-Phoebe Griffin Noyes Library Association

Old Lyme Rowing Association, Inc.

Old Lyme South End Volunteer Ambulance Association, Inc.

Old Lyme Visiting Nurse Association, Inc
Old Saybrook Education Foundation
Old Saybrook Fire Company Number One, Inc.
Old Saybrook Historical Society
Old Saybrook Land Trust, Inc.

Pay Forward, Inc. (aka Pay4ward.org)
Pet Connections, Inc.
Potapaug Audubon Society
The Region 4 Education Foundation, Inc. (R4EF)

Ruth Ann Heller Music Foundation
Scranton Library, Madison (aka E.C. Scranton Memorial Library)
The Shoreline Soup Kitchens & Pantries

Simply Sharing, Inc.
Sister Cities Essex Haiti, Inc.
Tait's Every Animal Matters (TEAM)

Tracy Art Center, Inc.
Tri-Town Youth Services Bureau, Inc.
Valley Baseball-Softball Booster Club, Inc.
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
, Inc.


2015 Community Investment Program – Top Ten Ballot Winners:

Seated (left to right) Ryan Young-Shoreline Soup Kitchens & Pantries; Mimi Thomas-Forgotten Felines, Inc.; Edmund D. Yeager, Sr.-Old Saybrook Fire Company Number One, Inc.  Standing Front (left to right):  Glynn McAraw-Pet Connections, Inc.; Donna Sicuranza-Tait’s Every Animal Matters (TEAM); Carla Nich-Dog Days Adoption Events, Inc.  Standing Rear (left to right):  Todd Jones-Bikes for Kids, Inc.; Mark Appelof-Visiting Nurses of the Lower Valley, Inc. (VNLV); Jeff Ridgway-High Hopes Therapeutic Riding, Inc.;  Greg Shook, Doug Paul & Tom Lindner, Essex Savings Bank; Andrew Kressley-Essex Fire Engine Company No. 1.


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