Friday, July 23, 2010

Kennebunk Savings Donates $80,000 to York County Nonprofits

Kennebunk Savings on July 8 announced that the company is donating $80,000 to York County nonprofits as part of its annual Customer Ballot. For 16 years the Customer Ballot has provided customers with the opportunity to help direct a percentage of the bank’s annual charitable giving. This year, customers across the bank’s three lines of business participated in record numbers with nearly 10,000 votes cast for more than 200 organizations. Kennebunk Savings Officers are now out personally visiting local nonprofits to deliver checks to the organizations that received votes.
This year, York Hospital received $1,600 as a result of how Kennebunk Savings customers voted in the annual Customer Ballot. “York Hospital is honored to have received so many votes and thankful to Kennebunk Savings for offering its customers an innovative way to make a difference in their community.” said Jud Knox, President of York Hospital. “This generous gift will be used immediately to support our efforts to provide exceptional care to our patients and their families.” York Hospital, a non-profit healthcare organization with locations in York, Kittery, Wells, South Berwick and Berwick, is currently in the midst of a capital campaign to expand and renovate the Surgery Center, privatize patient rooms and expand Breast Care to include Breast MRI services.
Bradford C. Paige, Kennebunk Savings President and CEO, said, “As part of our commitment to the community we contribute 10% or more of our earnings each year to nonprofits – this year our total contribution is over $500,000. Personally, I truly enjoy this time of year because we know we’re donating to organizations our customers tell us they value.” Paige added, “We are proud of the impact our Ballot contribution of $80,000 will make for our nonprofit friends. It means a great deal to us to be able to deliver unsolicited checks to so many different organizations throughout York County, knowing that these funds will be put to good use.”
All votes cast as part of the Customer Ballot by bank customers – including write-ins – are counted. The more votes cast for a nonprofit, the more money that organization receives. This year, contributions range from $25 to over $7,000 with over twenty organizations receiving a check of $1,000 or more. Since 1994, the bank has contributed over $7 million to the nonprofit community for various programs in five categories: arts and culture, environmental, educational, civic and human needs.
Photo caption: Jud Knox and Sue McDonough accept a “Big Check” for York Hospital from Kennebunk Savings Bank’s Brad Paige, President and CEO and Michael Moloney, VP, Branch Manager at York Route 1 Office. (Courtesy photo)