, Gloucester, MA


October 16, 2012

Business briefcase

‘Banking for the Community’ winners

Patrick Thorpe, president and chief executive officer of BankGloucester, recently presented checks to the 15 winners of the bank’s fifth annual “Banking for the Community” program.

Serving Gloucester and its neighboring communities for 125 years, BankGloucester strives for excellence in its duties as a financial institution and in its support of local nonprofit organizations and community causes. This program is one of the many ways the bank gives back to the community.

The fifth annual “Banking for the Community” program awarded 15 community organizations a combined total of $15,000 based on more than 10,000 votes cast by the public.

Votes were cast via ballots available in newspapers, in the bank’s lobby and through its website There were 14 organizations featured on the ballot, with write-ins welcomed. Four write-in organizations were among the award recipients this year.

The organization receiving the most votes was the Rose Baker Senior Center ($5,000), followed by Cape Ann Animal Aid ($3,000), and the Gloucester Education Foundation ($1,000).

These organizations each received $500: Open Door Food Pantry, Hospice of the North Shore & Greater Boston, Faith Christian School, Cape Ann YMCA, St. Ann School, SeniorCare Inc., Beeman Elementary School PTO, Wellspring House, Healing Abuse/Working for a Change (HAWC), West Parish PTO, Eastern Point Wildlife Sanctuary, and Action Inc.

AGH awarded falls prevention certificate

Northeast Health System recently announced that the National Council on Aging has awarded Addison Gilbert Hospital staff members Kathleen Coale, PT, DPT, and Maryellen Zielski, MS, LATC with the “Falls Prevention Certificate of Appreciation.” The award, part of the National Council on Aging’s Falls-Free initiative, was given in recognition of excellence in falls prevention work for seniors and older adults, which includes AGH’s Safe Steps for Seniors program.

Safe Steps for Seniors is a community-based falls prevention and group exercise program for Cape Ann senior citizens that heightens safety awareness and increases confidence in mobility.

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