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Thanksgiving Drive Smashes Record

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Each year, Liberty Bank’s 60 branch offices and 48 local Rotary Clubs join forces to ensure that everyone in Liberty’s service area will be able to enjoy a bountiful Thanksgiving feast. In the year of COVID, the Liberty Bank / Rotary Thanksgiving Dinner Drive raised a record-breaking $1,074,010—-enough to ensure there’s enough food on pantry shelves for the holiday and beyond.

Once again, our Rotary partners have demonstrated their determination not to let any obstacle prevent them meeting the needs in their communities.

Since 2004, the Liberty and its Rotary partners have raised money in the weeks before Thanksgiving. For every dollar donated, Liberty’s charitable foundation adds 25 cents. Funds are deposited into each Rotary Club’s account at Liberty, and are donated by each club to a nonprofit or municipal agency providing Thanksgiving food to local residents. All funds are donated within the communities where they are raised. Since the drive began in 2004, it has raised over $4 million, including the Liberty Bank Foundation match.

“Once again, our Rotary partners have demonstrated their determination not to let any obstacle prevent them meeting the needs in their communities,’” said Sue Murphy, executive director of the Liberty Bank Foundation, which coordinates the drive. “In spite of the pandemic and the economic shutdown, they blew right past our $800,000 goal. In some towns, the money raised will stock food pantries throughout the winter months.”

The following Rotary Clubs participated in the 2020 Liberty Bank/Rotary Club Thanksgiving Drive: Ansonia, Beacon Falls, Branford, Bristol, Cheshire, Chester, Clinton, Colchester, Deep River, Derby/Shelton, East Hampton, East Hartford, East Haven,* Essex, Groton, Hamden, Kensington/Berlin, Ledyard, Madison, Meriden, Middletown, Montville, Mystic, Naugatuck, New Britain, New Haven, New London, Newington, Niantic, North Branford, North Haven, Norwich, Old Saybrook, Plainville, Seymour/Oxford, Simsbury/Granby, South Central CT, Southington, the Stoningtons, Tribury, Wallingford, Waterbury, Waterford, West Hartford, Wethersfield/Rocky Hill, Willimantic, and Woodbridge.* The East Haddam Community Lions Club also participated.