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Casa Founder Anne Walp Receives KeyBank’s Annual Achieve Award

November 27, 2011

SOUTH PORTLAND, Maine (November 8, 2011) KeyBank awarded Anne Walp, executive director and founder of Casa, with the Key4Women Achieve Award on Friday afternoon during its annual Key4Women Forum at the Sable Oaks Marriott in South Portland. The Achieve Award is given to a woman entrepreneur who successfully executes her business vision; contributes meaningfully to the community; and shows a strong willingness to serve as a model and resource to other women entrepreneurs.

Walp founded the nonprofit Casa in 1979. Casa’s mission is to support a warm, nurturing environment that promotes growth and independence for children and adults with developmental disabilities. Since the early 1980s, Casa has grown from a small nursing facility serving children with developmental disabilities and medical needs into an organization serving children and adults with residential care, supportive living, nursing, in-home support and more throughout Cumberland County.

KeyBank presented Anne Walp with the Achieve Award during its annual Key4Women Forum. Susan Pope, senior business banker of KeyBank's southern Maine business banking team, spoke of the selection process for the Achieve Award, “The decision is difficult to make, as we see so many courageous entrepreneurs and leaders running successful businesses and mentoring, donating and volunteering to better their communities. Anne Walp is courageous and hard-working, an excellent representative of our Key4Women program and a role model for all women run businesses.”

Founded in 2005, Key4Women provides female entrepreneurs with access to capital, financial solutions, educational offerings and networking opportunities. Local Key4Women teams offer customized service and financial expertise to women-owned businesses in Maine.

On April 8, 2009, Key4Women announced that it had provided more than $2 billion in capital to qualified women-owned businesses, surpassing its 2007 pledge to lend these funds to women-owned firms by 2012. Key4Women then committed to lend another $3 billion to women business owners by 2012. 

This is the second time that Key has exceeded its goals for lending to women business owners. In 2005, the bank pledged to lend $1 billion to women-owned businesses over three years and surpassed that number in 2007.

KeyBank N.A., a subsidiary of KeyCorp (NYSE: KEY), is one of Maine’s largest financial services companies with assets of approximately $3.3 billion. Key has one of the largest statewide networks of branches (61) and ATMs (100) and is a leader in community involvement, contributing nearly $1 million to local nonprofit agencies and organizations. Key was named the number one Small Business Administration lender in Maine in 2010. A strong proponent for local economic growth, Key companies provide investment management, retail and commercial banking, retirement, consumer finance, and investment banking products and services to individuals and companies throughout the United States and, for certain businesses, internationally. The company’s businesses deliver their products and services through Branches and offices; a network of approximately 1,500 ATMs; telephone banking centers (1.800.KEY2YOU); and a Web site, Key.com, that provides account access and financial products 24 hours a day.

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