The Ion Bank Foundation announced the winners of its Community Awards Program.  We received 2,589 customer votes for 202 non-profit organizations, which allowed us to award grants totaling $70,050.

The program, which kicked off in February, encouraged Ion Bank customers to vote for a local charity of their choice to receive a grant from the Foundation.

“This program is a wonderful collaboration between our customers, Foundation and the organizations that our customers feel have the most impact to local communities,” said David Rotatori, Ion Bank President and CEO. “Our customers are very passionate about their local charities and this program is a wonderful way for them to recognize those organizations and have a say in how our Foundation’s funds are distributed.”

2020 Ion Bank Foundation Community Awards Program Winners

St. Francis of Assisi Church$2,700
Middlebury Senior Center$1,850
Aces Education Foundation$1,825
Theresa’s Battleship Foundation, Inc.$1,325
St. Anthony Church$1,225
Naugatuck YMCA$1,100
Saint Vincent Ferrer Church$1,100
Whiskers Pet Rescue Inc.$1,075
St. John of the Cross Mission Trip$975
Naugatuck United Methodist Church$925
Better Days Rescue Fund$900
Ansonia Rotary Club$825
Hidden Acres Therapeutic Riding Center$825
MVFD Ladies Auxiliary$825
Volunteer Fire Department of Prospect$825
Seven Angels Theatre$800
Beacon Falls Congregational Church$750
Franciscan Life Center Network Inc.$750
Three Saints Orthodox Church$750
Cross Street Intermediate School PTO$725
Connecticut Food Bank$700
Jane Doe No More, Inc.$700
Naugatuck Special Olympics$700
Prospect Senior Center$675
Peter J. Foley Little League Inc.$650
Prospect Congregational Church$650
Kitty Kat Rescue$625
Oxford Special Olympics$625
Oxford United Church of Christ Congregational$625
Howard Whittemore Memorial Library$600
Palace Theater$600
Seymour Pink Inc.$600
Brass City Rescue Alliance$575
Naugatuck High School Swimming and Diving$575
Team Beta – Nonnewaug High School$575
The Animal Haven, Inc.$575
Animal Rescue Foundation Inc.$550
House of Heroes Connecticut$500
Little Britches$500
Cheshire Strawberry Festival – First Congregational Church$475
Griffin Hospital$475
Literacy Volunteers of Greater Waterbury$475
Naugatuck Senior Center$475
St. Bridget School$475
St. Vincent De Paul Mission of Waterbury$475
Ecumenical Food Bank$450
Friends of the Beacon Falls Library$450
GIL Foundation, Inc.$450
Hillside Covenant Church$450
Naugatuck Historical Society$450
Oxford Historical Society, Inc.$450
Acts 4 Ministry, Inc.$425
Children’s Community School$425
Pomperaug River Watershed Coalition$425
Safe Haven of Greater Waterbury$425
The Congregational Church of Naugatuck$425
Cheshire Community Food Pantry, Inc.$400
Cheshire Community YMCA$400
Coco’s Animal Rescue Efforts of Seymour Cares$400
St. John the Evangelist School$400
Thank Dog Rescue$400
The Susie Foundation$400
Connecticut Partnership for Children, Inc.$375
Boys & Girls Club of Meriden$350
Friends of the Oxford Library$350
Naugatuck High School Greyhound Band Association$350
The Lutheran Home of Southbury$350
Waterbury Arc$350
Boy Scout Troop 138$300
Flanders Nature Center & Land Trust$300
St. Joseph Church$300
Where the Love Is, Inc.$300
Hope Pregnancy Center$275
Leukemia and Lymphoma Society$275
Naugatuck Community Choir$275
Naugatuck High School Soccer Booster Club$275
Naugatuck Youth Services$275
Project Purple$275
St. Peter Episcopal Church$275
Trout Unlimited Naugatuck Pomperaug Chapter 281$275
Woodbury Lions Club Foundation, Inc.$275
Woodbury Scholarship Fund Dollars for Scholars$275
Community Theater at Woodbury$250
Easter Seals Greater Waterbury$250
Friends of the Ansonia Nature Center, Inc.$250
National Honor Society of Naugatuck High School, Joan Dillon Wertzonger Chapter$250
NEON Naugatuck Ecumenical Outreach Network$250
Oxford Land Trust$250
Phoenix Stage Company$250
St. Peter & Paul Ukrainian Catholic Church$250
Meriden Historical Society, Inc.$225
NAMI Waterbury$225
Naugatuck Community Band$225
Pinebrook City Assembly of God$225
Rotary Club of Farmington$225
Woodbury-Bethlehem Community Music Foundation, Inc.$225
Calvary Chapel Southbury$200
Cheshire Food Drive, Inc.$200
Family Intervention Center, Inc.$200
Gallery 53/Arts & Crafts Association of Meriden, Inc.$200
Gaylord Hospital$200
Greater Waterbury Campership Fund$200
Greater Waterbury Interfaith Ministries$200
Immanuel Lutheran Church$200
Ladies Ancient Order of Hibernians$200
Naugatuck Beautification$200
Naugatuck Garden Club$200
Ronald McDonald House of Connecticut$200
Saint Mary’s Hospital Foundation$200
St. George’s Episcopal Church$200
The Cove Center for Grieving Children$200
Abilities Without Boundaries$175
Ball & Socket Arts$175
Bethany Historical Society$175
Brass City Ballet$175
Friends of the Ansonia Library$175
Girls Inc. of Meriden$175
Hilltop Hose Company #5$175
Kellys Kids Inc.$175
Woodland Church of Christ$175
Audubon Center Bent of the River$150
Boys & Girls Club of Greater Waterbury$150
Friends of Woodbury Senior Community Center, Inc.$150
Mariachi Academy of New England$150
Mattatuck Museum$150
Naugatuck Education Foundation$150
Naugatuck Rotary$150
Public Library Association of Cheshire$150
StayWell Health Care, Inc.$150
United Church of Christ, Southbury$150
United Way of Naugatuck & Beacon Falls$150
Cross of Christ Lutheran Church$150
Derby Historical Society$150
Girls Inc. of Western Connecticut$150
Housatonic Council Inc., Boy Scouts of America$150
Main Street Ballet Company$150
Master’s Manna, Inc.$150
Neighborhood Housing Services of Waterbury$150
Police Activity League of Waterbury, Inc. (PAL)$150
Random Hacks of Kindness Junior$150
Seeds of Hope for Haiti Inc.$150
Seymour-Oxford Nursery and Child Care Association$150
TEAM, Inc.$150
The Cheshire Land Trust$150
The Panther Project – FRC Robotics Team 2064$150
Watertown Historical Society$150
Child Guidance Clinic for Central Connecticut$150
Christ Episcopal Church$150
First Congregational Church of Meriden$150
Naugatuck Pop Warner$150
Naugatuck Teen Theater$150
Seymour Lions Club, Inc.$150
Southmayd Home, Inc.$150
Adam’s House – Adam Wysota Foundation$150
Are You Dense, Inc.$150
Brass City Harvest Inc.$150
Camp Rising Sun$150
First Congregational Church of Cheshire$150
Friends of the Meriden Public Library$150
Girl Scouts of Connecticut$150
Greater Waterbury YMCA$150
Master’s Table Community Meals$150
Midstate Arc, Inc.$150
Naugatuck Campership Fund$150
Naugatuck Cub Scout Pack #109$150
Naugatuck Valley Community College Foundation$150
Our Lady of Mount Carmel School$150
Restore With The Arts, Inc.$150
Rochambeau Middle School PTO$150
Service After Service$150
Wallingford Historic Preservation Trust$150
Annie C. Courtney Foundation$150
Area Cooperative Educational Services – ACES$150
Beacon Falls Historical Society$150
CancerCare’s Connecticut Office$150
Connecticut Rivers Council BSA$150
Meriden Children First$150
Meriden Youth Travel Baseball$150
Naugatuck Lions Club$150
Seymour Tradition$150
The Voice of Art Inc.$150
Tribury Rotary Club of Southbury, Middlebury, Woodbury$150
Ulbrich Boys & Girls Club$150
Waterbury Symphony Orchestra$150
Central Connecticut Coast YMCA$150
Cheshire Youth Baseball and Softball$150
Children’s Center of Hamden$150
Futbol Friends International$150
Granville Academy$150
Habitat for Humanity Sleeping Giant Build$150
Heads Up! Hartford$150
Hoops4Life, Inc.$150
Madre Latina Organization Inc.$150
Meriden YMCA$150
South Meriden Festivals Inc.$150
Spanish Community of Wallingford (Comunidad Hispana de Wallingford)$150
The Ronald Perille Jr. Memorial Scholarship Fund$150
United Way of Greater Waterbury$150
Wallingford Cardinals American Legion Post 187 Youth Baseball$150
Wallingford Emergency Shelter – Columbus House$150
Westover School$150
Wolcott Girls Softball$150

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About Ion Bank Foundation
The Ion Bank Foundation was created in 1998 to demonstrate our vision to build a legacy of good works to provide financial support to the communities that we serve. As a leading corporate citizen, we believe reinvesting in our communities is our most important duty as a mutual bank.  Toward that goal, our Foundation has awarded over $8 million to deserving local community and charitable organizations since its inception.