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Essex Bank to Reach 4 Million in Charitable Giving
Posted on January 16th, 2015

Essex, CT, January 9, 2015 - Gregory R. Shook, President & Chief Executive Officer of Essex Savings Bank announced today, “We are extremely proud of the contribution 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 the 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 Children’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 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. * Essex Fire Engine Company #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 the Lyme Public Library, Inc. * Friends of the Lymes’ 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) * Lymes’ 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 * 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 * 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.
Essex Savings Bank is a FDIC insured, state chartered, mutual savings bank established in 1851.  The Bank serves the Lower Connecticut River Valley with six offices in Chester, Essex (2), Madison, Old Lyme, and Old Saybrook.  Financial, estate, insurance and retirement planning are offered throughout the state by the Bank’s Trust Department and subsidiary, Essex Financial Services, Inc., Member FINRA, SIPC.  Investments in stocks, bonds, mutual funds and annuities are not FDIC insured, may lose value, are not a deposit, have no Bank guarantee and are not insured by any Federal Government Agency.

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