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Webster employees raise $1.16M for the United Way

(1/5/11) — Webster Bank announced today that it raised $1.16 million through its recently completed 2010 Employee Community Campaign for the United Way.


The amount raised makes Webster one of Connecticut’s largest contributors to the United Way. The money will go to more than 40 United Way chapters and more than 100 United Way partner agencies across Connecticut, Massachusetts, Rhode Island and Westchester County, N.Y.


The theme of Webster’s 2010 Employee Community Campaign for the United Way was “75 Years of Caring,” because it coincided with the bank celebrating its 75th anniversary year. The campaign consisted of several one-time fundraisers over the course of the summer and fall, which were designed to raise awareness about the United Way and lead up to a three-week online employee pledge campaign in the fall.


“Since Webster was founded in the Great Depression, giving back to the communities we serve has been a defining part of who we are,” said Bob Twomey, the campaign chairman who is also Webster’s regional president for Massachusetts and Rhode Island and a senior vice president at the bank.


“Despite the continued challenges in today’s economy, more Webster bankers pledged this year than ever before to help the United Way provide its broad safety net of human services, a fitting end to a campaign that came to a close as the bank celebrated its diamond anniversary.”


In photo are Twomey, right, and Webster Bank Chairman and CEO Jim Smith.