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Community Investment Program




April 12, 2016 - Essex, Connecticut - Results from Essex Savings Bank’s customers recent voting in the Bank’s Community Investment Program were announced at a meeting of employees, directors and trustees at the Bank’s Plains Road Office on Tuesday, April 12, 2016.  According to Thomas Lindner, Vice President and Community Relations Officer for Essex Savings Bank, 7,206 votes were cast this year for a total of $33,001.  The non-profits that received the top ten number of votes were in attendance for special recognition.


The customer balloting portion of Essex Savings Bank’s 2016 Community Investment Program, began on February 1 and concluded on February 29.  The program entitles the Bank’s customers to select up to three charities from this year’s list of 80 qualified non-profit organizations.  Fund allocations are awarded based on the results of these votes.


Gregory R. Shook, President and Chief Executive Officer of Essex Savings Bank stated, “As we celebrate our 165th year of operation, we are proud to share in our success by giving back.  Our Community Investment Program is designed to provide vital financial support to those organizations that enhance the quality of life in our communities.”


Each year the Bank donates up to 10% of its net income to non-profit organizations within the immediate market area consisting of Chester, Deep River, Essex, Lyme, Madison, Old Lyme, Old Saybrook and Westbrook.   Since the program’s inception in 1996, the Bank has donated over $4 million to well over 200 organizations.  This year, the Bank has allocated $110,000 to assisting non-profit organizations who offer outstanding services to our community and one third of that amount is then voted upon by the Bank’s customers.


Organizations (80) on the 2016 ballot included:

Act II Thrift Shop, Inc.

APK Charities Corporation

Bikes For Kids, Inc.

Brazilian and American Youth Cultural Exchange (BRAYCE)

Bushy Hill Nature Center

Camp Hazen YMCA

Cappella Cantorum, Inc.

Chester Historical Society

Chester Land Trust

Community Music School

Con Brio Choral Society, Inc.

The Connecticut River Museum at Steamboat Dock

The Country School, Inc.

Deacon John-Grave Foundation, Inc.

Deep River Ambulance Association, Inc.

Deep River Fire Department, Inc.

Deep River Junior Ancient Fife & Drum Corps, Inc.

Deep River Land Trust, Inc.

Dog Days Adoption Events, Inc.

E.C. Scranton Memorial Library – Madison

Essex Community Fund,Inc

Essex Elderly and Affordable Housing, Inc.

Essex Elementary School Foundation, Inc.

The Essex Fire Engine Company No. 1

Essex Historical Society, Inc.

Essex Land Trust, Inc. 

The Essex Library Association, Inc.

Essex Winter Series, Inc.

Forgotten Felines, Inc.

Friends In Service Here (F.I.S.H.)

Friends of Hammonasset, Inc.

Friends of Madison Youth, Inc.

Friends of the Chester Public Library, Inc.

Friends of the Deep River Library

High Hopes Therapeutic Riding, Inc.

Hope Partnership, Inc.

Ivoryton Library Association

The Katherine Hepburn Cultural Arts Center, Inc.

Literacy Volunteers – Valley Shore, CT, Inc.

Lyme Ambulance Association, Inc.

Lyme Art Association, Inc.

Lyme Consolidated School Parent-Teacher Organization (PTO)

The Lyme Fire Company, Inc.

Lyme Land Conservation Trust, Inc.

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

Madison Ambulance Association, Inc.

Madison Historical Society, Inc.

Madisons Nite In Hand, Inc.

Maritime Education Network, Inc.

Musical Masterworks, 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 Saybrook Fire Company Number One, Inc.

Old Saybrook Historical Society

Old Saybrook Land Trust, Inc.

Pay Forward, Inc.

Pet Connections, Inc.

Region 4 Education Foundation, Inc.

Ruth Ann Heller Music Foundation


Shoreline Soup Kitchens & Pantries, Inc.

Simply Sharing, Inc.

Sister Cities Essex Haiti, Inc.

Tait’s Every Animal Matters (TEAM)

Tri-Town Youth Services Bureau, Inc.

Valley Baseball-Softball Booster Club, Inc.

Valley Shore Animal Welfare League

Valley-Shore YMCA

Vista Vocational & Life Skills Center, Inc.

Westbrook Project Graduation, Inc.

Westbrook Youth and Family Services, Inc.

The Woman’s Exchange of Old Lyme, Inc.


Essex Savings Bank is a FDIC insured, state chartered, mutual savings bank established in 1851. The Bank serves the Connecticut River Valley and shoreline with six offices in Essex (2), Chester, Madison, Old Lyme and Old Saybrook providing a full complement of personal and business banking. Financial, estate, insurance and retirement planning are offered throughout the state by the Bank’s Trust Department and wholly-owned subsidiary, Essex Financial Services, Inc., Member FINRA, SIPC.

2016 Community Investment Program – Top Ten Ballot Winners:

Seated (left to right) Sandy Springer-Pet Connections, Inc.; Donna Sicuranza-Tait’s Every Animal Matters (TEAM); Mimi Thomas-Forgotten Felines, Inc.; Eve Sutton-Valley Shore Animal Welfare League; Sonny Chok-Bikes for Kids, Inc.  Standing Rear (left to right):  Tom Lindner & Doug Paul-Essex Savings Bank; Mary Ingarra-High Hopes Therapeutic Riding, Inc.; Greg Shook, Essex Savings Bank; David Shumway-Dog Days Adoption Events, Inc.; Andrew Kressley-Essex Fire Engine Company No. 1.; Rona Malakoff-Shoreline Soup Kitchens & Pantries; Edmund D. Yeager, Sr.-Old Saybrook Fire Company Number One, Inc. 


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