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People’s United Community Foundation has awarded $3,500 to Special Olympics Maine

April 14, 2015

The People’s United Community Foundation, the philanthropic arm of People’s United Bank, announced today that it has awarded $3,500 to Special Olympics Maine in South Portland.

Special Olympics Maine provides year-round training and athletic competition in a variety of Olympic-type sports for children and adults with intellectual disabilities. The programs offer participants ongoing opportunities to develop physical fitness, demonstrate courage, experience joy, and share their gifts, skills and friendship with their families, other athletes, and the community.

“The donation from People’s United Community Foundation will help to offset the costs of our 2015 State Summer Games and support the more than 1,500 athletes that will attend this annual 3 day, 2 night event,” said Philip Geelhoed, President and CEO.       

“We are pleased to be able to support Special Olympics Maine,” said Dan Thornton, Officer, People’s United Community Foundation and President of People’s United Bank in Southern Maine. “The summer games and the many other programs that Special Olympics offers provide a much-needed focus on bringing youth together - those with and without intellectual disabilities - to foster understanding, respect and acceptance.”

Established in 2007, People’s United Community Foundation was formed to help support programs and activities that enhance the quality of life for citizens in the communities that People’s United Bank serves. People’s United Bank, founded in 1842 and serving customers from New York to Maine through a network of more than 400 branches, is the largest independent bank headquartered in New England. The Foundation places special emphasis on programs designed to promote economic self-sufficiency, education and improved conditions for low-income families and neighborhoods. The funding priorities of the Foundation include community development, youth development, and affordable housing.

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