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Eastern Bank honors Gov. Deval L. Patrick and First Lady Diane B. Patrick with
2014 Community Advocacy Award

BOSTON, Feb. 10, 2014 – Eastern Bank today honored Massachusetts Gov. Deval L. Patrick and First Lady Diane B. Patrick with the bank’s 2014 Community Advocacy Award, which annually recognizes the region’s best community leaders and their contributions to improve the quality of life in eastern Massachusetts communities. 

Held in honor of Black History Month at the Museum of African American History in Boston, tonight’s award ceremony recognized Gov. Patrick and Mrs. Patrick, each, with their own awards.  Boston Mayor Martin J. Walsh opened the program with a welcome message on behalf of the City of Boston. 

“Eastern Bank is proud to recognize Gov. Patrick and Mrs. Patrick with Community Advocacy Awards, which are especially meaningful in 2014 as we celebrate the 50th Anniversary of the Civil Rights Act,” said Eastern Bank chairman and CEO Richard E. Holbrook.  “There is no better time – than now – to honor the Patricks for their lifelong dedication to fighting for equal access, equal opportunity and for the betterment of all people.”

“Diane and I are honored to be recognized by Eastern Bank, a corporate leader in advocating for equality and opportunity,” said Governor Patrick.  “I look forward to our continued partnership with Eastern Bank to move our Commonwealth forward.”

“I am humbled to receive this honor, and I thank Eastern Bank for their continued commitment to creating equal access and opportunity for all of our residents,” said First Lady Diane Patrick.

Gov. Patrick was recognized for his work at the Harvard Legal Aid Bureau, in the Clinton White House as Assistant Attorney General, at the NAACP Legal Defense and Educational Fund, and as Governor of Massachusetts.  Holbrook commended Gov. Patrick’s work in curbing healthcare costs, closing the education achievement gap, bridging the jobs skills gap, and stemming youth violence. 

Mrs. Patrick was celebrated for her tireless advocacy in the area of domestic violence and sexual assault, her work in promoting quality education for all citizens, and her service for nonprofit organizations such as The United Way, Jane Doe Inc., Epiphany School and the Posse Foundation. Holbrook noted that Mrs. Patrick provides a strong voice for those rendered silent or marginalized and keen insights to human rights and social justice issues.

About Eastern Bank
Founded in 1818 and based in Boston, Eastern Bank is the largest independent and mutually owned bank in New England, with $8.6 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, 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, and

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