Bank Donates Up To $10,000 For Hotel Stays

Will Pay For Over 660 Nights For COVID-19 Caretakers

Keith Griffin

April 24, 2020

Southbridge Hotel and Conference Center

Country Bank, headquartered in Ware, Massachusetts, has stepped up to place frontline medical workers in a local hotel. The bank has committed to potentially over 660 nights of stays.

According to a press release from Country Bank, it continues to look for ways to make a difference for those on the front lines as they battle COVID-19. President and CEO Paul Scully recently read an article on efforts by the Southbridge Hotel & Conference Center to assist first responders and healthcare workers by offering $15 per night stays at their facility.

Scully reached out to Charles "Chip" Norton and committed to donating up to $10,000 to help cover the cost of rooms for first responders. "In times like these, acts of kindness can make such a difference in people's lives. We are thrilled that the bank’s donation can assist the hotel in its efforts to support first responders and public safety personnel in providing a safe place for them to stay," said Scully.

Norton, manager of Franklin Realty Advisors LLC, and part-owner of the Southbridge Hotel and Conference Center, said, “We are enormously grateful to the people at Country Bank for their support in assisting with the critical housing needs of the public safety persons and hospital staff in Southbridge.  The leadership demonstrated by their president and CEO, Paul Scully, is remarkable.  As one of our most important lenders, Country Bank has once again demonstrated a strong civic commitment and a true partnership with the business community, a partnership that goes above and beyond expectations.”

In response to COVID-19, Country Bank has been focusing much of its philanthropy on supporting first responders, healthcare workers, and food pantries. Since March, the bank has donated a total of $250,000 to area hospitals, including $50K each to UMass, Saint Vincent’s, and Harrington Hospital, along with $50K to the First Responders Recovery Home and $20K to several area food banks.

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