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Eastern Bank honors “Community Quarterbacks” with more than $1 million in grants through Eastern Bank Charitable Foundation

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

BOSTON, April 10, 2013 – An organization that sent a mobile eye clinic van to treat more than 2,000 low-income children and adults in underserved communities was among 69 local nonprofits honored today with more than $1 million in grants at Eastern Bank’s 9th Annual Community Quarterback event.

The Eastern Bank Charitable Foundation donated $1,025,000 in grants and recognized each organization for its outstanding community leadership at the bank’s corporate headquarters in downtown Boston.

Eastern Bank chairman and CEO Richard E. Holbrook and Doug Flutie, the bank’s spokesman, honored the organizations before about 100 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 69 organizations that put the needs of the underserved and neediest members of our community first,” said Holbrook. “These ‘Community Quarterbacks’ share our commitment to improving the quality life in our neighborhood.”

“It’s always a pleasure and an honor to share the stage with Rich Holbrook and Eastern Bank, which year-after-year puts its communities and customers first,” said Flutie.

The New England College of Optometry received a grant of $10,000 to fund its mobile vision clinic, “New England Eye On-Sight.” The 38-foot van, equipped with state-of-the-art instrumentation and staffed by specially trained optometrists, provides comprehensive vision care to individuals in disadvantaged communities.

Eastern Bank also funded trips – through a $10,000 grant to the Forsyth Institute – for another van, staffed by dentists and hygienists, to visit Lynn and provide preventive dental care for underprivileged children.

The grants were among the more than $4 million donated last year to more than 1,300 non-profit organizations by Eastern Bank and the Eastern Bank Charitable Foundation. In nine years, the “Community Quarterback” program has honored 438 organizations with more than $6.5 million in grants.


The 2013 Community Quarterback recipients are:

Organization Name Amount Organization City
Adolescent Consultation Services, Inc. $10,000 Cambridge
Anti-Defamation League $25,000 Boston
Asian American Civic Association $10,000 Boston
Aviv Centers for Living $10,000 Peabody
Barry L. Price Rehabilitation Center, Inc. $10,000 Newton
Boston Education and Skills Training Corp. $10,000 Boston
Boston Foundation $15,000 Boston
Boston Medical Center $10,000 Boston
Boston Plan for Excellence $10,000 Boston
Boston Public Market Association $10,000 Boston
Boston Rising $25,000 Boston
Boys & Girls Club of Lynn $15,000 Lynn
Bread and Roses, Inc. $10,000 Lawrence
Bread of Life $10,000 Malden
Cape Cod Times Needy Fund, Inc. $10,000 Hyannis
Catholic Charities/North $10,000 Lynn
Central Catholic High School $10,000 Lawrence
Codman Academy Foundation $10,000 Dorchester
College Bound Dorchester $15,000 Dorchester
Community Day Care of Lawrence, Inc. $10,000 Lawrence
Community Farms $10,000 Waltham
Community Works, Inc. $10,000 Boston
Compass Working Capital $10,000 Boston
Crossroads for Kids $10,000 Duxbury
Dare Family Services, Somerville $10,000 Somerville
EdVestors $10,000 Boston
Forsyth Institute $10,000 Cambridge
Girls Incorporated of Lynn $15,000 Lynn
Habitat for Humanity of Greater Lowell, Inc. $10,000 Westford
Haley House $10,000 Boston
Hallmark Health VNA and Hospice $10,000 Malden
Homeowner Options for MA Elders $10,000 Lowell
HomeStart, Inc. $10,000 Boston
Horizons for Homeless Children $10,000 Roxbury
House of the Seven Gables Settlement Association $10,000 Salem
Immigrant Learning Center $10,000 Malden
Insurance Library Association of Boston $50,000 Boston
Interise $10,000 Boston
Lawrence CommunityWorks $10,000 Lawrence
Lazarus House Ministries $15,000 Lawrence
Lowell Plan $25,000 Lowell
Massachusetts Asian and Pacific Islanders for Health $10,000 Boston
Massachusetts Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Children $20,000 Boston
Metropolitan Boston Housing Partnership $15,000 Boston
Nam Vets Association of the Cape and Islands Inc. $10,000 Hyannis
Nativity Preparatory School $20,000 Jamaica Plain
New England College of Optometry $10,000 Boston
North Shore Elder Services $15,000 Danvers
Notre Dame High School $10,000 Lawrence
Operation Bootstrap, Inc. $10,000 Lynn
Quincy Asian Resources Inc. $10,000 Quincy
Room to Grow $10,000 Boston
Salem Award for Human Rights and Social Justice Foundation $10,000 Salem
Salem CyberSpace $10,000 Salem
South Shore Community Action Council, Inc. $10,000 Plymouth
Spaulding Rehabilitation Hospital Network $100,000 Boston
Teach For America $10,000 Boston
The Boston Home $10,000 Dorchester
Thompson Island Outward Bound Education Center $25,000 Boston
Torigian Family YMCA $15,000 Peabody
UAspire $10,000 Boston
Volunteers of America Massachusetts, Inc. $10,000 Jamaica Plain
WE CAN $10,000 Harwich Port
Wediko Children's Services $10,000 Boston
West Roxbury YMCA $15,000 West Roxbury
Winchester Hospital $50,000 Winchester
YMCA Cape Cod $10,000 West Barnstable
YMCA of Greater Boston $50,000 Boston
Burbank YMCA $10,000 Reading

About Eastern Bank
Founded in 1818 and based in Boston, Eastern Bank is the largest independent and mutually owned bank in New England, with $8 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, www.facebook.com/easternbank and www.twitter.com/easternbank.

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