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Anti-Defamation League to honor Richard E. Holbrook

Eastern Bank chairman and CEO to receive 2012 Torch of Liberty Award

BOSTON, May 2, 2012 – Eastern Bank Chairman and CEO Richard E. Holbrook has been selected to receive the “Torch of Liberty Award,” the Anti-Defamation League’s prestigious honor that recognizes business leaders who inspire by their leadership and use their influence to affect positive change in the community.

Holbrook, a member of ADL’s New England Board of Overseers, will be honored at a dinner event on June 6 at the Seaport Hotel in Boston.

“Richard Holbrook is constantly working in our communities to build bridges of understanding and respect to unite people and help improve their quality of life," said Derrek Shulman, ADL New England Regional Director. “His public service goals mirror ADL's core mission, and we are proud to honor him with our Torch of Liberty Award.”

“I am honored to be recognized by the Anti-Defamation League, which works hard to safeguard civil liberties for all,” said Holbrook. “Eastern Bank understands that supporting the ADL mission is critical to the well-being of the communities that we serve.”

The Anti-Defamation League, founded in 1913, is the world’s leading organization fighting anti-Semitism and hate through programs and services that counteract hatred, prejudice and bigotry.

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.