, Gloucester, MA

October 16, 2012

Business briefcase

Gloucester Daily Times

---- — ‘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.

“We are very proud of Kathleen and Maryellen for all their hard work and leadership at AGH’s Center for Rehab and Sports Medicine, and specifically on the Safe Steps for Seniors Program,” said Cynthia Cafasso-Donaldson, vice president of Addison Gilbert Hospital. “This program has had a tremendous impact on the health, mobility and overall quality of life for seniors on Cape Ann, and this award recognizes their innovation and dedication in this critical field.”

Coale and Zielski both work at The Center for Rehabilitation and Sports Medicine at Addison Gilbert Hospital — Coale as a balance and vestibular specialist, and Zielski as an instructor for the Safe Steps for Seniors exercise class. The programs, funded through a grant awarded by the Tufts Health Plan Foundation, focuses on exercises that develop the physical skills necessary to reduce fall risk, such as mobility, balance and strength.

Gloucester resident honored in Italy

Italian marketers recently honored Gloucester resident Kevin J. Clancy, Ph.D., chairman of Copernicus Marketing Consulting and Research, with a one-day conference acknowledging his work on Oct. 6 in Venice, Italy.

This prestigious invitation-only event, hosted by Team Network, was attended by more than 200 chief executive officers and owners of some of the most recognized companies in Italy.

Clancy’s two-hour presentation, “Inspiration, Aspiration and Transformation: Building Extraordinary Marketing Strategies,” was the highlight of the conference.

Clancy was elected to the Market Research Hall of Fame in 2008 and was awarded the Grand Prize in Innovation by the Advertising Research Foundation’s Great Minds Awards in 2012.

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