Liberty Bank President and CEO Chandler J. Howard welcomed forty guests to Liberty Bank Foundation’s latest grants presentation held at the Russell Library in Middletown. Among those on hand was Middletown Mayor Dan Drew who, in his comments, acknowledged not only the bank’s and the foundation’s ongoing financial support, but also our willingness to bring decision makers together to solve community problems. In all, the Liberty Bank Foundation awarded $110,050 in grants to nonprofits serving Middlesex County that day.
Chandler Howard mentioned that in 2017, the foundation’s 20th year of operation, it crossed the $800,000 mark in annual giving for the first time. This was a 15 percent increase over the foundation’s giving in the previous year, and brought us to just under $11 million in lifetime giving. Thanks to the mayor, our many grantees, and other Liberty Bankers who made this a memorable occasion.
Left to right are: Kevin Wilhelm, president and CEO, Middlesex United Way; Chandler J. Howard, president and CEO, Liberty Bank; Ron Krom, executive director, Saint Vincent De Paul, Middletown; Bob Carlson, program manager, Russell Library; Jennifer DeKine, Middlesex Chamber of Commerce; Andrea Pereira, executive director, Local Initiatives Support Corporation; Miguel Peralta, director, Wesleyan University; Darcy Arcand, development officer; Capital for Change; Carlton Smith, residential director, Meriden Wallingford Chrysalis; Maria Campos-Harlow, executive director, Spanish Community of Wallingford; Jim Ieronimo, executive director, United Way of Meriden and Wallingford; Liz Frost, Housing Development Fund; and Donna Marino, district partnership coordinator.
Photo courtesy of DeKine Photography, Middletown