By Times Staff
Gloucester Daily Times
---- — A local bank will award $15,000 to 15 nonprofit organizations as part of its commitment to supporting organizations that are important to the residents of Cape Ann.
The amount of money each nonprofit receives from BankGloucester will be determined by the public.
Over the past five years BankGloucester has given $75,000 to nonprofit and community organizations through its “Banking for the Community” program.
This year, the bank will again award a combined $15,000 to 15 organizations.
Funds will be distributed based on the number of votes received. The organization with the most votes receives $5,000; second most votes receives $3,000; third most votes receives $1,000; and 12 other organizations with the next highest number of votes will each receive $500.
Winners are determined by the number of votes cast.
Beginning Monday, Aug. 26, anyone can come into BankGloucester for a ballot or may complete a ballot online at www.BankGloucester.com.
One entry per person and, or email address will be counted, and voting closes Sept. 30.
Winners in this years’ program will be announced at a winners reception at the bank on Oct. 8, at 5 p.m.
“Serving the Cape Ann community since 1887, BankGloucester, prides itself on giving back to the community and this program is one way we do that,” said BankGloucester President and CEO Patrick Thorpe, in a statement. “We are happy to support local nonprofit organizations and community causes.”
Participants may vote for up to three organizations.
On this years’ ballot are Action Inc., Cape Ann Animal Aid, Cape Ann YMCA, Compass Youth Program, Gloucester Education Foundation, Gloucester Maritime Museum, Healing Abuse/Working for Change (HAWC), Hospice of the North Shore & Greater Boston, Magnolia Library and Community Center, National Association for Mental Illness (NAMI) — Cape Ann, Open Door Food Pantry, Rose Baker Senior Center, Sawyer Free Library, and Wellspring House.
There is also a space where voters may write-in an organization of their own choice.
Information about the organizations is available on the bank’s website and in the bank’s lobby, located at 160 Main St., Gloucester.