Nonprofits honored at 11th Annual "Community Quarterback" celebration

February 16, 2017

Eastern Bank honors nonprofits with $850,000 in grants at the 11th Annual "Community Quarterback" celebration

Eastern Bank CEO Richard Holbrook and former NFL quarterback Doug Flutie recognize 61 local nonprofit organizations

BOSTON, April 1, 2015 – Doug Flutie tossed autographed footballs to representatives from 61 nonprofits, as the Eastern Bank Charitable Foundation donated $850,000 in grants at the 11th Annual “Community Quarterback” celebration.  Joining Flutie at the event was surprise guest Malcolm Butler, who appeared "out of nowhere" to intercept a Flutie pass in an April Fool's joke.

Eastern Bank Chairman and CEO Richard E. Holbrook and Flutie, the bank’s spokesman, honored the organizations before about 100 guests inside the bank’s corporate headquarters in downtown Boston.

“Eastern Bank is honored to recognize 61 local organizations that demonstrate an unwavering commitment to the communities in which they serve,” said Holbrook.  “We started the ‘Community Quarterback’ program more than ten years ago and each year it has continued to grow, recognizing more and more outstanding organizations that enrich the lives of so many local people every day.”    

“Every spring, I look forward to teaming up with my friends at Eastern Bank to honor local organizations dedicated to improving the quality of life for so many throughout New England,” said Flutie.

Today’s grants were among the more than $6 million donated in 2014 to more than 1,500 nonprofit organizations by Eastern Bank and the Eastern Bank Charitable Foundation.  In 10 years, the “Community Quarterback” program has honored 500 organizations with more than $7.8 million in grants.

 The 2015 Community Quarterback recipients are:

Organization Name Amount Organization City
Adoption & Foster Care Mentoring $10,000 Boston
Affordable Housing and Services Collaborative, Inc. $10,000 Braintree
American Student Assistance $10,000 Boston
Artists for Humanity, Inc. $10,000 South Boston
BAGLY, Inc. $10,000 Boston
Beverly Bootstraps $10,000 Beverly
Beverly Children's Learning Center, Inc. $10,000 Beverly
Big Brothers Big Sisters of New Hampshire $10,000 Portsmouth
Boston Building Resources - Reuse Center $10,000 Boston
Boston TenPoint Coalition $10,000 Roxbury
Boys & Girls Club of Cape Cod $10,000 Mashpee
Boys & Girls Club of Lynn $75,000 Lynn
Brockton Area WIB $10,000 Brockton
Brookhouse Home for Aged Women $10,000 Salem
Cape Cod Healthcare Foundation $10,000 Hyannis
Caritas Communities $10,000 Braintree
Catholic Charities, Boston $10,000 Boston
Cerebral Palsy Assoc. of Eastern MA, Inc. $10,000 Lynn
City Mission Society $10,000 Boston
Duffy Health Center, Inc. $10,000 Hyannis
Easter Seals Massachusetts $10,000 Worcester
Engaging Schools $10,000 Cambridge
Elizabeth Stone House $10,000 Roxbury
English for New Bostonians $10,000 Boston
Father Bill's & MainSpring $10,000 Quincy
First Literacy, Inc. $10,000 Boston
Found in Translation $10,000 Cambridge
Gosnold $10,000 Falmouth
Greater Boston Legal Services $10,000 Boston
HarborCOV, Inc. $10,000 Chelsea
Hearth, Inc. $10,000 Boston
Heritage Museums & Gardens $10,000 Sandwich
Housing Assistance Corp. $10,000 Hyannis
Hyde Square Task Force $10,000 Jamaica Plain
Journey Forward $10,000 Canton
Jumpstart for Young Children $10,000 Boston
LIFT-Boston $10,000 Boston
Lowell Community Health Center     $10,000 Lowell
Manet Community Health Care, Inc. $10,000 Milton
Massachusetts Coalition for the Homeless $10,000 Lynn
Massachusetts Mentoring Partnership $10,000 Boston
Merrimack Valley Hospice $10,000 Lawrence
Merrimack Valley Sandbox (Fiscal Agent: UMass Lowell) $25,000 Lowell
Mujeres Unidas Avanzando $10,000 Dorchester
New England Center for Arts & Technology $10,000 Boston
One Family Inc. $10,000 Waltham
Opportunity Works $10,000 Newburyport
Partners HealthCare at Home $10,000 Waltham
Peace First $10,000 Boston
Plymouth Area Coalition for the Homeless, Inc. $10,000 Kingston
Salem State University Foundation, Inc. $100,000 Salem
South Shore YMCA $50,000 Norwell
Stavros Center for Independent Living $10,000 Amherst
The Food Project, Inc. $10,000 Dorchester
The Granite YMCA $25,000 Manchester
Victory Programs $10,000 Boston
Wareham Area Committee For The Homeless (Turning Point) $10,000 Wareham
Wish Project $10,000 Lowell
Women's Lunch Place $10,000 Boston
Year Up $10,000 Boston
YMCA of Greater Providence $25,000 Providence

About Eastern Bank
Founded in 1818 and based in Boston, Eastern Bank is the largest and oldest mutual bank in the country, with $9.5 billion in assets and more than 100 branches serving communities in eastern Massachusetts and southern and coastal New Hampshire. Eastern Bank offers banking, investments and insurance all under one roof, and prides itself on working harder to understand its customers’ needs so it can deliver these services in a committed and personal way. Eastern Bank, which includes Eastern Bank Wealth Management and Eastern Insurance, is a recognized leader in corporate social responsibility and for its advocacy on behalf of a number of social justice causes. 

For more information, contact: Andrew Ravens, Public Relations, Eastern Bank, 781-598-8528, or e-mail Andrew Ravens. 

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