UA-8412995-1 The Southport Globe: Bank of America Recognizes Southport Nonprofit with $200,000 Grant

Tuesday, December 13, 2011

Bank of America Recognizes Southport Nonprofit with $200,000 Grant

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William R. Tommins, Fairfield County president, Bank of America, presents a $200,000 grant to David Blagys, executive director, Wakeman Memorial Association, as part of Bank of America’s Neighborhood Excellence Initiative. The award presentation was held at The Palace Theatre in Stamford in early November. Wakeman Memorial Association was named a Neighborhood Builder in recognition of its contributions to the community.

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Bank of America recently announced that two Fairfield County nonprofits and ten Fairfield County residents were recognized as winners of its 2011 Neighborhood Excellence Initiative.

Southport-based Wakeman Memorial Association and Mercy Learning Center of Bridgeport were the two Fairfield County nonprofits recognized as Neighborhood Builders. Each received a $200,000 unrestricted grant and leadership training. Wakeman Memorial Association’s mission is to enhance the physical, social and emotional development of Fairfield County youth through programs that perpetuate educational aspiration, financial literacy and healthy relationship building. Its programs include a wide range of opportunities for more than 3,500 boys and girls annually, including one-on-one mentoring, tutoring and access to more than 100 enrichment programs such as summer camps and after-school programs.


Bank of America contributed more than $450,000 in 2011 to Fairfield County nonprofits and individuals through this initiative, which recognizes and rewards community-based organizations, local heroes and student leaders in 44 U.S. cities and London who are working to improve their communities. Since the Neighborhood Excellence Initiative’s inception in 2004, Bank of America has contributed more than $2.25 million through the program in Fairfield County.

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