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Investment in the Future

Representatives from the Mass. Bankers Assoc. (MBA) Charitable Foundation recently presented Cooley Dickinson Hospital with a check for $5,000 to support the hospital’s Building Our Future campaign. Pictured, from left, are Craig Melin, president and CEO of Cooley Dickinson Hospital; Ken Bordewieck, senior vice president of Easthampton Savings Bank; Joanne Finck, Building Our Future campaign chairperson; William Stapleton, president of Northampton Cooperative Bank; and Dan Forte, president and CEO of the Mass. Bankers Assoc. Charitable Foundation. The foundation has provided gifts totaling $1.42 million over its 15-year history.

Quick Response

The American Red Cross helped hundreds of thousands of people in 2011 whose lives were forever changed by weather disasters. In Western Mass., the Red Cross launched relief operations after the June 1 tornadoes, Hurricane Irene, and the October snowstorm each struck the area. In response to those three events, Red Cross provided more than 5,800 overnight stays, more than 38,000 meals, more than 149,000 snacks, and more than 9,000 comfort kits including items such as toothpaste, shampoo, and deodorant.

Above, American Red Cross Pioneer Valley volunteer Donna McKinney offers Doug Finck some snacks shortly after he arrives at a Red Cross shelter in Colrain. Finck lost his home after a flood ravaged his community hours after Hurricane Irene started dumping rain in the Northeast. Left, American Red Cross Pioneer Valley volunteer Bessie Bryant serves hot chocolate to a shelter resident at the Red Cross Regional Shelter at Chicopee High School after the October snowstorm.