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Eastern Bank Charitable Foundation is lead corporate sponsor of Newton-Wellesley Hospital's HopeWalks Event

Event to benefit the Vernon Cancer Center at Newton-Wellesley Hospital

NEWTON, July 28, 2010 – The Newton-Wellesley Hospital Charitable Foundation announced today that the Eastern Bank Charitable Foundation has donated $20,000 to Newton-Wellesley’s 1st annual HopeWalks, a 3.5 mile walk on Sunday, September 26, 2010 to benefit the Vernon Cancer Center. This significant commitment represents the highest level (Platinum) of corporate sponsorship for HopeWalks.

“We are most grateful to the Eastern Bank Charitable Foundation for their very generous commitment to HopeWalks,” said Joan Archer, vice-president, Newton-Wellesley Hospital Charitable Foundation. “Proceeds from this exciting community event will help fund the various life-enhancing Integrative Support Services offered at our Vernon Cancer Center – many of which are not covered by insurance. Eastern Bank’s philanthropic support is more important than ever in ensuing that we can continue to make these services available to all our cancer patients – regardless of their ability to pay.”

“Eastern Bank is truly committed to giving back to the communities that it serves,” said Rich Holbrook, chairman and CEO of Eastern Bank. “Eastern is a long-time supporter of Newton-Wellesley Hospital, and we are proud to support this new and important initiative, which will benefit everyone who uses the Vernon Cancer Center.”

About HopeWalks
Sponsored by the Newton-Wellesley Hospital Charitable Foundation, HopeWalks is a 3.5 mile walk on Sunday, September 26, 2010 to benefit the Integrative Support Services offered at the Vernon Cancer Center at Newton-Wellesley Hospital. The route will start and end at the hospital, and all ages are welcome. Start a team, join an existing team, or walk as an individual. Send a strong message of HOPE by registering today at For more information or to become a corporate sponsor, contact Haillie MacNeill at 617-243-5491 or

About Eastern Bank
Founded in 1818 and based in Boston, Eastern Bank is the largest independent and mutually owned bank in New England, with almost $7.0 billion in assets and more than 80 branches serving communities from the Merrimack Valley to Cape Cod.  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 includes Eastern Wealth Management, Eastern Insurance and Fantini & Gorga, a real estate advisory firm.

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