Essex - Essex Savings Bank announced last week that 31 local nonprofits will receive more than $100,000 from the directors' portion of the financial institution's Community Investment Program.
The largest portion of the $102,250 allotment will go to the Middlesex County Community Foundation Inc., which received $7,500 for its 15th anniversary celebration in November. Other major beneficiaries included High Hopes Therapeutic Riding Inc., which received $7,000 for two programs, and Florence Griswold Museum, which won a total of $6,750 for two programs.
Donations of $5,000 went to Goodspeed Musicals, Lyme Academy College of Fine Arts; Katharine Hepburn Cultural Arts Center & Theatre, Valley-Shore YMCA in Westbrook, Lawrence & Memorial Hospital, Middlesex Hospital, Camp Hazen YMCA in Chester and Strong Center at the Surf Club Inc. in Madison.
Lesser amounts were awarded to: Lymes' Youth Service Bureau, $4,000; Tri-Town Youth Service Bureau Inc. in Deep River, $4,000; Child and Family Agency of Southeastern Connecticut, $4,000; Essex Winter Series, $3,000; Essex Park & Recreation, $2,500; Connecticut River Museum, $2,500;, and Estuary Council of Seniors Inc., $2,500.
Also, Lyme Art Association, $1,750; Old Lyme-Phoebe Griffin Library, $1,500; Madison Historical Society, $1,500; Deep River Historical Society, $1,500; Chester Historical Society, $1,500; Essex Historical Society, $1,500; Essex Library, $1,500; MacCurdy Salisbury Educational Foundation Inc., $1,500; Ivoryton Village Alliance, $1,500; Valley Shore Literacy Volunteers, $1,500; Musical Masterworks, $1,250; Vista Vocational & Life Skills Center, $1,000, and Lyme Public Library Inc., $1,000.
Gregory R. Shook, president and chief executive of Essex Savings, pointed out that the bank annually commits 10 percent of its after-tax profit to local nonprofits. In April, 94 organizations were informed that the bank had committed nearly $77,000 to their causes, based on customer balloting.
The bank said it expects to donate more than $250,000 to local nonprofits by the end of the year. That would bring total bank distributions through the Community Investment Program since 1996 to more than $3.4 million.