Simsbury Bank is pleased to announce that it made $2,500 in total donations to the Farmington Valley YMCA for two fundraising events this Spring.  The Bank is the Champion Sponsor of the Farmington Valley YMCA’s “Bike for the Battle” that was held Saturday, March 23rd at the Farmington Valley YMCA in Granby and will be a major sponsor of the Granby Road Race to be held on May 4th from 7:30am to 11am.

In the “Bike for the Battle” event, sponsors formed teams to ride stationery bikes in shifts.  The proceeds of this event will support the Y’s Livestrong Program that has helped over 500 cancer survivors on their road to wellness.  Livestrong at the YMCA is a free 12-week program offered for anyone diagnosed with cancer and is designed to help them improve their strength and overall quality of life.

The Granby Road Race is comprised of a 5k and a 10k race.  Now in its 47th year, the annual race is one of Connecticut’s oldest historic road events, the races take place on rolling scenic routes, partly road and partly through McLean Game Refuge and Salmon Brook Park.  A kids’ Fun Run will take place for children up to age 9 and will be held at Granby Middle School immediately after the two races begin.  Online race registration closes at 11pm on May 3rd; after that you may register at 7:30am at the race. The race, which began on the first celebration of Earth Day in 1971 benefits the YMCA’s Community Campaign, which sponsors a camp for kids regardless of their ability to pay.

Bernadeta Eichner, Senior Relationship Manager of Simsbury Bank’s Granby branch and member of the Farmington Valley YMCA Board of Advisors, said, “The Livestrong program at the Farmington Valley YMCA has proven to provide valuable support to those battling cancer and a whole range of services that are invaluable to our community.  And providing a way for kids to attend summer camp gives them a break from their routines and a chance to experience traditional and new camp activities.  Simsbury Bank is honored to continue to support of these important programs.”

Brian Liss, District Executive Director of the Farmington Valley YMCA, said “We thank Simsbury Bank for generously supporting both fundraiser events. Their support enables us to bring important programs to those challenged by cancer and for kids who would otherwise not be able to attend camp.  Each year, we hear from the cancer survivors our Livestrong program supports and how it has helped them by providing advice, exercise programs, encouragement and camaraderie as they cope with their condition.”

Simsbury Bank is an independent, community bank for consumers and businesses based in Connecticut.  Simsbury Bank Home Loans is a division of Simsbury Bank serving the home financing needs of consumers throughout Southern New England.  Simsbury Bank is wholly-owned by publicly traded SBT Bancorp, Inc., whose stock is traded on the OTC Pink marketplace under the ticker symbol of SBTB.  For more information, visit www.simsburybank.com.

Photo, left to right:

Bernadeta Eichner, Sr. Relationship Manager, Simsbury Bank; Brian Liss, Executive Director, Farmington Valley YMCA; Tracy Saperstein, Community Campaign Chair, Farmington Valley YMCA.

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