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Eastern Bank honors “Community Quarterbacks” with $1.1 million in grants through Eastern Bank Charitable Foundation

98 Massachusetts non-profit organizations honored by Eastern Bank CEO Richard Holbrook and Doug Flutie

CAMBRIDGE, April 30, 2012 – More than $1.1 million worth of grants were distributed today to 98 Massachusetts non-profit organizations during Eastern Bank’s 8th Annual “Community Quarterback” award ceremony featuring former NFL quarterback Doug Flutie.

The Eastern Bank Charitable Foundation donated $1,175,000 in grants and recognized each organization for its outstanding community leadership.

Eastern Bank chairman and CEO Richard E. Holbrook and Flutie, the bank’s spokesman, honored the organizations before more than 200 guests during a ceremony where a representative from each organization was presented with a Doug Flutie-autographed football – a token of appreciation of their leadership. All organizations received a grant of $10,000 or more from the Eastern Bank Charitable Foundation.

“Eastern Bank is proud to honor 98 organizations that work tirelessly to improve the lives of the underserved and neediest members of our community,” said Holbrook. “We call these organizations ‘Community Quarterbacks,’ and we are committed to working with them – through our grants and employee volunteer efforts – to strengthen the cities and towns in eastern Massachusetts.”

“It’s been an honor over the last seven years to work with Rich Holbrook and Eastern Bank on the ‘Community Quarterback’ event, which is a staple on the state’s charitable events calendar,” said Flutie.

The grants were among the $2.6 million donated last year to more than 1,200 non-profit organizations by the Eastern Bank Charitable Foundation. In eight years, the “Community Quarterback” program has honored 369 organizations with more than $5.5 million in grants.

The mission of the Eastern Bank Charitable Foundation is to contribute, in a meaningful way, to the health and vitality of the various eastern Massachusetts communities served by Eastern Bank Corporation.


The 2012 Community Quarterback recipients are:

Organization Name Organization City Amount
Adoption & Foster Care Mentoring Boston $10,000
Allston Brighton Community Development Corporation Allston $10,000
Back on My Feet Boston $10,000
BAGLY Boston $10,000
Bay Cove Human Services Boston $10,000
Bay State Reading Institute Holliston $10,000
BELL (Building Educated Leaders for Life) Dorchester $10,000
Beverly Main Streets Beverly $10,000
Big Brothers Big Sisters of MA Bay Boston $10,000
Boston Earned Income Tax Credit Campaign Boston $10,000
Boston Health Care for the Homeless Program Boston $10,000
Boston Partners in Education Boston $10,000
Boys & Girls Club of Cape Cod Mashpee $10,000
Boys & Girls Club of Lawrence Lawrence $10,000
Boys & Girls Clubs of Dorchester Dorchester $15,000
Bread & Roses Housing Lawrence $10,000
Breakthrough Cambridge Cambridge $10,000
Brookview House Dorchester $10,000
Cambridge Center for Adult Education Cambridge $10,000
Cambridge College Cambridge $10,000
Cambridge Community Foundation Cambridge $10,000
CAST Wakefield $10,000
Children's Friend and Family Services Salem $10,000
Children's Hospital Boston Boston $10,000
Citizen Schools Boston $10,000
Citizens for Adequate Housing Peabody $10,000
Citizens Housing And Planning Association (CHAPA) Boston $15,000
Codman Square Health Center Dorchester $10,000
Community Action Agency of Somerville Somerville $10,000
Community Servings Jamaica Plain $10,000
Community Visions West Yarmouth $10,000
Cradles to Crayons Brighton $10,000
Crittenton Women's Union Boston $10,000
Dimock Center Roxbury $10,000
Duffy Health Center Hyannis $10,000
Ecumenical Social Action Committee, Inc. (ESAC) Jamaica Plain $15,000
Elizabeth Stone House Jamaica Plain $10,000
English for New Bostonians Boston $10,000
Enterprise Center at Salem State College Salem $10,000
Family to Family Project Boston $10,000
Father Bill's & MainSpring Quincy $10,000
Food Project Lynn $10,000
Gay Men's Domestic Violence Project Cambridge $10,000
Gleason Family YMCA Wareham $10,000
Gosnold Falmouth $10,000
Greater Boston Legal Services Boston $25,000
Guidance Center Cambridge $10,000
HarborCOV Chelsea $10,000
Haven From Hunger Peabody $15,000
Heritage Museums & Gardens Sandwich $10,000
Homeless Empowerment Project Cambridge $10,000
Hope House Roxbury $10,000
House of Hope Lowell $10,000
Housing Corporation of Arlington Arlington $10,000
Housing For All Corporation Hyannis $10,000
Hyde Square Task Force Jamaica Plain $10,000
Jumpstart for Young Children Boston $10,000
LIFT-Boston Roxbury $10,000
LIFT-Boston Roxbury $10,000
Lynn Home for Women Lynn $10,000
Massachusetts Affordable Housing Alliance Dorchester $10,000
Massachusetts Housing and Shelter Alliance Boston $10,000
Melrose YMCA Melrose $10,000
Morgan Memorial Goodwill Industries Boston $10,000
Natick Service Council Natick $10,000
New England Center for Arts & Technology Duxbury $10,000
North Shore Community Action Programs Peabody $10,000
North Shore Community College Danvers $25,000
Nuestra Comunidad Development Corporation Roxbury $10,000
On The Rise Cambridge $10,000
Opportunity Works Newburyport $10,000
Pine Street Inn Boston $10,000
Plymouth Area Coalition for the Homeless Kingston $10,000
Posse Foundation Boston $10,000
Project Bread - The Walk for Hunger Boston $10,000
Project Place Boston $25,000
Quincy Community Action Programs Quincy $10,000
REACH Beyond Domestic Violence Waltham $10,000
Rediscovery Waltham $10,000
Roca Chelsea $10,000
Rogerson Communities Boston $10,000
Rosie's Place Boston $10,000
Salem State University Salem $100,000
School on Wheels of Massachusetts Brockton $10,000
Somerville Homeless Coalition Somerville $10,000
South Shore Mental Health Center Quincy $15,000
St. Francis House Boston $10,000
Strong Women, Strong Girls Boston $10,000
Summer Search Jamaica Plain $10,000
Supportive Living Woburn $10,000
Toward Independent Living and Learning (TILL) Dedham $10,000
Town of Danvers / Danvers Community Council Danvers $10,000
University Of Massachusetts Boston Boston $10,000
Urban Improv Jamaica Plain $10,000
Urban League of Eastern Massachusetts Roxbury $40,000
Victory Programs Boston $10,000
Whittier Street Health Center Roxbury $10,000
Women's Lunch Place Boston $25,000

About Eastern Bank
Founded in 1818 and based in Boston, Eastern Bank is the largest independent and mutually owned bank in New England, with $7.6 billion in assets and more than 90 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 and Eastern Insurance. For more information, visit www.easternbank.com or www.facebook.com/easternbank.

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