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Thousands join Webster for 'Day of Giving' 75th anniversary events

(10/12/10) —Thousands of people helped Webster celebrate its 75th anniversary on Monday, Oct. 11, with free ice cream in 10 cities across Connecticut, New York, Massachusetts and Rhode Island.


The events were held held 75 years to the day after Webster was founded. Harold Webster Smith founded Webster on Oct. 11, 1935, in an 11-by-38-foot office in Waterbury, Conn., when he was 24 years old. Today, Webster is a full-service regional commercial bank led by the founder's son, James C. Smith, with $17.7 billion in assets and a service area that stretches from Westchester County, N.Y., to Boston.


Each event began with a brief ceremony that included remarks by a Webster executive and a representative from the United Way, Webster's primary philanthropy. They also included an ice cream giveaway with a Webster treat truck and special anniversary donation to each United Way. In all, almost 4,000 ice cream treats were given away throughout the day.


"It was a wonderful way to commemorate our diamond anniversary, focusing on not only 75 years of helping individuals, families and businesses achieve their financial goals, but also our legacy of being there for our communities," said Rick O'Brien, regional president for western Connecticut, who spoke at the Danbury, Conn., event.