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Eastern Bank honors nonprofits with $750,000 in grants at the 10th Annual “Community Quarterback” celebration
Eastern Bank CEO Richard Holbrook and former NFL quarterback Doug Flutie recognize 66 Massachusetts non-profit organizations


BOSTON, May 7, 2014 – Doug Flutie tossed autographed footballs to representatives from 66 nonprofits, as the Eastern Bank Charitable Foundation donated $750,000 in grants at the 10th Annual Community Quarterback celebration.

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. Among this year’s honorees was former WCVB-TV consumer reporter and news anchor Susan Wornick, who was recognized for her dedication to championing the interests of consumers living throughout eastern Massachusetts communities. 

“Eastern Bank is proud to honor 66 local organizations that work tirelessly every day to put the needs of our communities first,” said Holbrook.  “We began the ‘Community Quarterback’ program in 2005 when we honored 10 local nonprofits.  It’s very rewarding – for my colleagues at Eastern Bank and the communities that we serve – to see this event grow every year.”   

“It’s hard to believe that the Eastern Bank ‘Community Quarterback’ event is celebrating its 10th year,” said Flutie, who has quarterbacked every event.  “It’s great to be part of a team like Eastern Bank’s, which recognizes the importance of giving back to the community.”

The Eastern Bank Charitable Foundation made a special $5,000 donation to the “Susan Wornick Journalism Scholarship Fund,” which is given to a student at her alma mater, Natick High School. Wornick recently retired after 34 years from WCVB-TV, where she worked tirelessly on behalf of consumers as their advocate and watchdog, thereby serving the interests of everyone in the community.

Today’s grants were among the more than $5 million donated last year to more than 1,500 non-profit organizations by Eastern Bank and the Eastern Bank Charitable Foundation. In 10 years, the “Community Quarterback” program has honored close to 500 organizations with more than $7.0 million in grants.

The 2014 Community Quarterback recipients are:

Organization Name Amount Organization City
826 Boston $10,000 Roxbury
A Baby Center $10,000 Hyannis
A Better Tomorrow Services, Inc. $10,000 Everett
Asian Community Development Corporation $10,000 Boston
Associated Early Care and Education $10,000 Boston
Benjamin Franklin Institute of Technology $10,000 Boston
Bethel Institute for Social Justice $15,000 Boston
Big Sister Association of Greater Boston $10,000 Boston
Black Ministerial Alliance of Greater Boston, Inc. $10,000 Roxbury
Boston Employment Services, Inc. STRIVE $10,000 Dorchester
Boston Health Care for the Homeless Program $10,000 Boston
Boys & Girls Club of Greater Salem $10,000 Salem
Bridgewell $10,000 Lynnfield
Brockton Area Multi-Services, Inc. - BAMSI $10,000 Brockton
Brockton Day Nursery $15,000 Brockton
Cambridge Community Services-CCS $10,000 Cambridge
Cape Cod Community College Educational Foundation $10,000 W. Barnstable
Cardinal Cushing Centers $10,000 Hanover
Career Collaborative $10,000 Boston
Carroll Center for the Blind $10,000 Newton
Children's Law Center of MA $15,000 Lynn
Children's Services of Roxbury, Inc. $10,000 Roxbury
City Connects Program at Boston College $15,000 Chestnut Hill
Coaching for Change, Inc. $10,000 Brockton
Commonwealth Tenants Association $10,000 Brighton
Community Health Center of Cape Cod $10,000 Mashpee
Community Provider of Adolescent Services, d/b/a COMPASS, Inc. $10,000 Dorchester
COMPASS for kids $10,000 Lexington
Endicott College $10,000 Beverly
Falmouth Housing Trust $15,000 Falmouth
FamilyAid Boston $10,000 Boston
FUEL $10,000 Boston
Grow Associates, Inc. $10,000 Randolph
Habitat for Humanity of Cape Cod $10,000 Yarmouth Port
Harborlight Community Partners $10,000 Beverly
Health Law Advocates $10,000 Boston
Historic Boston Inc. $20,000 Roxbury
Home for Little Wanderers $10,000 Boston
Housing Families $10,000 Malden
Jewish Vocational Service $10,000 Boston
LEAP Self-Defense, Inc. (d/b/a Girls' LEAP) $10,000 Dorchester
Lenny Zakim Fund $10,000 Boston
Lynn Community Health Center $15,000 Lynn
Massachusetts Affordable Housing Alliance $10,000 Dorchester
Mayor's Office of New Bostonians $10,000 Boston
New Lease for Homeless Families $15,000 Boston
Newton Community Services Center $10,000 West Newton
North Shore Medical Center $10,000 Salem
Northeast Arc $15,000 Danvers
Old Colony Elder Services $10,000 Brockton
Pine Street Inn $10,000 Boston
Planned Parenthood League of Massachusetts $10,000 Boston
Plummer Home for Boys, Inc. $15,000 Salem
Project Hope $10,000 Roxbury
Project Place $10,000 Boston
Quincy Community Action Programs, Inc. $10,000 Quincy
Raw Art Works $15,000 Lynn
Shelter Legal Services Foundation, Inc. $10,000 Newton
Signature Healthcare $10,000 Brockton
South Shore Habitat for Humanity, Inc. $10,000 Weymouth
South Shore Hospital $25,000 Weymouth
St. Francis House, Inc. $10,000 Boston
The Neighborhood Developers, Inc. $15,000 Chelsea
Town of Salisbury $10,000 Salisbury
Wellspring House, Inc. $10,000 Gloucester
Youth Design Boston $10,000 Boston

About Eastern Bank
Founded in 1818 and based in Boston, Eastern Bank is the largest and oldest mutual bank in the country, with $8.7 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, 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, visit:, or

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