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Ion Bank Foundation Announces 9th Annual Community Awards Program Winners

The Ion Bank Foundation announced the winners of its 9th Annual Community Awards Program at a special ceremony awarding grants totaling $68,700 to 167 local non-profit organizations.

The program, which took place from Feb 1 through March 31, encouraged Ion Bank customers to vote for a local charity of their choice to receive a grant from the Foundation. Over 2,680 customers voted this year which was a 10% increase over votes received in last year’s program.  The Ion Bank Foundation designated $60,000 for the program but because it has grown in popularity and so many votes were received, the grants payout totaled $68,700.

“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 Charles J. Boulier III, Ion Bank CEO. “Our customers are very passionate about their local charities and this program is a wonderful way for them to recognize those organizations and help us decide how our Foundation’s funds are distributed.”

2018 Community Awards Recipients

St. Francis of Assisi Church $3,550
St. Francis St. Hedwig School $2,025
Middlebury Elderly & Social Services $1,750
St. Anthony Church $1,400
Better Days Rescue Fund $1,300
St. John of the Cross Mission Trip $1,275
St. Bridget School $1,200
Seven Angels Theatre $1,150
Naugatuck YMCA $1,050
House of Heroes Connecticut $1,025
Seymour Pink Inc. $1,000
Brass City Rescue Alliance $975
Peter J. Foley Little League Inc. $975
Howard Whittemore Memorial Library $925
Thank Dog Rescue $925
Sacred Heart Church – Mission Trip $900
Volunteer Fire Department of Prospect $900
Beacon Falls Congregational Church $875
Prospect Congregational Church $875
The Panther Project – FRC Robotics Team 2064 $850
Theresa’s Battleship Foundation, Inc. $850
Flanders Nature Center & Land Trust $825
Hidden Acres Therapeutic Riding Center $825
Naugatuck United Methodist Church $825
Where the Love Is, Inc. $825
Naugatuck Special Olympics $800
Team Beta – Nonnewaug High School $800
Three Saints Orthodox Church $800
Jane Doe No More, Inc. $775
Palace Theater $775
Prospect Senior Center $775
St. Vincent De Paul Mission of Waterbury, Inc. $775
Cheshire Strawberry Festival – First Congregational Church $750
Ecumenical Food Bank $750
Friends of the Oxford Library $750
Middlebury Congregational Church $700
MVFD Ladies Auxiliary $675
Franciscan Life Center Network Inc. $650
Naugatuck Baseball League $650
Oxford Special Olympics $650
Connecticut Food Bank $625
Naugatuck High School Swimming Alumni $600
Oxford United Church of Christ Congregational $600
Safe Haven of Greater Waterbury $600
TEAM, Inc. $550
Ansonia Rotary Club $525
Woodbury-Bethlehem Community Music Foundation, Inc. $500
Arts for Learning Connecticut $475
Naugatuck Senior Center $475
Acts 4 Ministry, Inc. $450
Griffin Hospital $450
Literacy Volunteers of Greater Waterbury $450
Naugatuck High School Soccer Booster Club $450
Seymour Tradition $450
The Congregational Church of Naugatuck $450
Children’s Community School $425
GIL Foundation, Inc. $425
Hillside Covenant Church $425
Naugatuck Garden Club $425
Kellys Kids Inc. $400
Naugatuck Education Foundation $400
Naugatuck High School Greyhound Band Association $400
Woodbury Lions Club Foundation, Inc. $400
Woodbury Volunteer Fire Department $400
Immanuel Lutheran Church $375
Oxford Land Trust $375
Boys & Girls Club of Greater Waterbury $350
Family Intervention Center, Inc. $350
Friends of the Ansonia Library $350
Naugatuck Teen Theater $350
NEON Naugatuck Ecumenical Outreach Network $350
PHS GradNite $325
Waterbury Arc $325
Calvary Chapel Southbury $300
CT Titans Softball $300
Easter Seals Greater Waterbury $300
Friends of the Ansonia Nature Center, Inc. $300
Gaylord Hospital $300
Connecticut Partnership for Children, Inc. $275
NAMI Waterbury $275
Naugatuck Partnership for Children $275
The Lutheran Home of Southbury $275
Boys & Girls Club of Meriden $250
Greater Waterbury Interfaith Ministries $250
Naugatuck Historical Society $250
Boys & Girls Club of Lower Naugatuck Valley $225
Hilltop Hose Company #5 $225
Naugatuck Youth Services $225
Oxford Historical Society, Inc. $225
St. George’s Episcopal Church $225
The Susie Foundation $225
Ball & Socket Arts $200
Cheshire Community Food Pantry, Inc. $200
Friends of the Meriden Public Library $200
Gallery 53/Arts & Crafts Association of Meriden, Inc. $200
Ladies Ancient Order of Hibernians $200
St. Peter & Paul Ukrainian Catholic Church $200
Watertown First Robot, Inc. $200
American Legion Post 17 $175
Audubon Center Bent of the River $175
Children’s Center of Hamden $175
Girls Inc. of Meriden $175
Lois Rho Memorial Scholarship $175
Madre Latina Organization Inc. $175
Master’s Manna, Inc. $175
Ronald McDonald House of Connecticut $175
Girls Inc. of Western Connecticut $150
Naugatuck Campership Fund $150
Pomperaug River Watershed Coalition $150
The Naugatuck Rotary $150
Valley YMCA $150
Friends of the Watertown Library Association $125
Meriden Youth Travel Baseball $125
Naugatuck  Beautification $125
Our Lady of Fatima Church $125
Seymour Lions Club, Inc. $125
Spanish Community of Wallingford aka Comunidad Hispana de Wallingford $125
United Way of Greater Waterbury $125
United Way of Naugatuck & Beacon Falls $125
Beat the Street Community Center Inc. $100
Brass City Ballet $100
Brass City Harvest Inc. $100
Camp Rising Sun $100
Castle Craig Players $100
Hamden-North Haven YMCA $100
Meriden Project Graduation $100
Our Lady of Mount Carmel School $100
Prospect Lions Club $100
Seeds of Hope for Haiti  Inc. $100
South Meriden Festivals Inc. $100
The Ronald Perille Jr. Memorial Scholarship Fund $100
Treasured Time $100
Waterbury Exchange Club Charitable Foundation $100
Watertown Historical Society $100
Woodland Church of Christ $100
Are You Dense, Inc. $100
CancerCare’s Connecticut Office $100
Kuhn Employment Opportunities $100
Literacy Volunteers of Greater New Haven $100
LMES Cub Scout Pack 115 $100
Mattatuck Museum $100
Meriden Children First $100
Neighborhood Housing Services of Waterbury $100
Norton School PTA $100
Restoration Springs $100
Saint Mary’s Hospital Foundation $100
StayWell Health Care, Inc. $100
Ed Walsh Little League $100
Granville Academy of Waterbury $100
Greater Waterbury YMCA $100
Master’s Table Community Meals $100
Midstate Arc, Inc. $100
Naugatuck Cub Scout Pack #109 $100
The Voice of Art Inc. $100
Ulbrich Boys & Girls Club $100
Cheshire Youth Baseball $100
Child Guidance Clinic for Central Connecticut $100
Hoops4Life, Inc. $100
Kiwanis Foundation of Meriden $100
Meriden YMCA $100
Naugatuck Valley Community College Foundation $100
New Foundations Inc. $100
P.L.A.C.E. Children’s Museum and Creative Arts Center $100
Wallingford Emergency Shelter – Columbus House $100
Wallingford Family YMCA $100
Wallingford Lions Club $100
Waterbury Symphony Orchestra $100


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