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Bristol County Savings Bank Awards $20,000 Grant as Sponsor of New Bedford’s Holiday Happenings and City Celebrates! New Year’s Eve!

TAUNTON, MA, December 14, 2018 — Bristol County Savings Bank (BCSB), through its charitable foundation, awarded a $20,000 grant today to the City of New Bedford as part of the Bank’s role as overall sponsor of the current Holiday Happenings and City Celebrates! New Year’s Eve! festivities. The community has enjoyed a couple weekends of exciting and engaging programming which all lead up to a host of family fun activities to ring in 2019 on Monday, December 31st, including the traditional fireworks display.

This year’s programming includes street performers, stilt walkers, jugglers, fire-eaters, living art, puppetry, ice sculptures, music and more. The New Year’s Eve festivities will include a spectacular fireworks display on the waterfront at 8:30 p.m.

“It’s our ninth consecutive year of being the lead sponsor of City Celebrates! so it’s been fun to see the event grow and become a great New Bedford tradition for the community to enjoy and ring in the New Year,” said Patrick J. Murray, Jr., President & CEO of Bristol County Savings Bank and President, Bristol County Savings Charitable Foundation (BCSCF). Murray added that since 2007, the Foundation has donated more than $4 million to 501©(3) organizations in the Southcoast.

“We encourage area families and visitors to enjoy the many free, fun events of New Year’s Eve City Celebrates in our historic downtown,” said Jon Mitchell, Mayor, City of New Bedford. “Thank you once again to Bristol County Savings Bank for being so committed to the communities it serves. Its sponsorship of City Celebrates! is yet another example of that support.”

Bristol County Savings Bank is an active supporter in the communities in which it serves. The Bristol County Savings Charitable Foundation was established in 1996 as part of the Bank’s 150th Anniversary celebration. Its purpose is to fund needs that contribute to the economic and the social well-being of the people and institutions located in the greater Attleboro/Taunton Region, the greater New Bedford/Dartmouth Region, the Fall River Region and the Pawtucket, Rhode Island Region, with particular emphasis in the areas of education and literacy, economic development and housing for the low- to moderate-income population. Since the Foundation began, more than $19 million has been committed to hundreds of different non-profit organizations. In 2018, the Foundation has awarded over $1.9 million to various 501©(3) organizations.