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November 5, 2012

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Bank giving away money to customers

BankGloucester is offering a “30 Days of November” customer appreciation give-away, according to Patrick Thorpe, president and chief executive officer.

As part of celebrating its 125th anniversary and to show appreciation to its customers, BankGloucester is giving away $125 per day, every day, in November.

One customer’s name will be drawn at random each day and that person will receive $125. Winners will be notified by phone. Customers do not have to do anything (except be 18 years of age or older) to qualify.

BankGloucester directors, officers, employees and their immediate families are not eligible to win.

BankGloucester, a $195 million state-chartered cooperative bank, was established in 1887. The bank is located at 160 Main St., Gloucester.

$230,000 given to Northshore Education

Donors contributed more than a quarter of a million dollars to the Northshore Education Consortium in 2012.

Recently, the Friends of the Northshore Education Consortium hosted a donor recognition luncheon to thank them. Private individuals, local businesses, corporations and foundations all gathered for lunch, catered by the culinary students of the Northshore Academy at McKeown in Beverly, one of the consortium’s five programs to meet the educational needs of students with special needs.

The Northshore Education Consortium, located at 112 Sohier Road in Beverly, is the largest provider of specialized services for students in the North of Boston region, including Gloucester and Cape Ann. Its programs include the Kevin O’Grady School for children with pervasive developmental disorders, including autism; the Recovery High School; Northshore Academy for students with social or emotional disabilities; Embark, SOAR and STEP transitional job training services for challenged young adults; and ACES onsite consultation for parents and educators within the 18 member school districts.

Donations in 2012 supported a full range of therapeutic and enriching activities for students such as music, art, gardening and hiking, as well as outdoor play improvements at the Kevin O’Grady campus and a host of technology (such as iPads) for classroom teaching, as well as hardware and software for administrative purposes.

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