WATERBURY, CT -- Webster Bank today announced its 2018 Webster United Way Employee Campaign garnered a record-breaking $1.55 million through pledges from bankers as well as fundraising events and a corporate contribution – a $53,000 increase from 2017.
“The increase in pledges is a testament to the generosity of our bankers, who step forward in times of need to make a difference in the communities where we work and live,” said Kathy Luria, senior vice president, philanthropy and community affairs at Webster.
Webster’s United Way leadership board, comprised of bankers from across the company including the HSA Bank in Wisconsin, organized fundraisers such as a Step Olympics and a Basketball Challenge as well as an online auction, and other coordinated events to bring attention to the annual online campaign.
“Our bankers’ willingness to give and to get involved speaks to Webster’s core values,” said 2018 campaign chair James Lane, senior vice president, commercial real estate. “It was an honor to lead the 2018 campaign and work with my fellow bankers across the organization to help raise awareness and funds for the vital work United Way does in our communities.”
Webster Bank is a longtime United Way supporter and has raised more than $15 million in the past 10-plus years, which has been distributed in communities across the bank’s footprint.
“We are proud to work with such a dedicated community partner as Webster Bank,” said Kristen Jacoby, president and chief professional officer of United Way of Greater Waterbury. “On behalf of United Way of Greater Waterbury, I applaud their employees’ efforts and willingness to give, and look forward to another successful campaign in 2019.”
Webster Financial Corporation is the holding company for Webster Bank, National Association and its HSA Bank division. With $27.6 billion in assets, Webster provides business and consumer banking, mortgage, financial planning, trust, and investment services through 157 banking centers and 316 ATMs. Webster also provides mobile and online banking. Webster Bank owns the asset-based lending firm Webster Business Credit Corporation; the equipment finance firm Webster Capital Finance Corporation; and HSA Bank, a division of Webster Bank, which provides health savings account trustee and administrative services. Webster Bank is a member of the FDIC and an equal housing lender.
Photo Caption: 2018 Webster United Way Employee Campaign Chair James Lane, senior vice president, commercial real estate at Webster, second from left, is joined by Kathryn Luria, senior vice president, community affairs and philanthropy at Webster, Kristen Jacoby, president and chief professional officer of the United Way of Greater Waterbury and Webster President and CEO John R. Ciulla at the recent thank-you luncheon for the employee campaign leadership board and volunteers. Webster’s Employee United Way Campaign raised a record $1.55 million in 2018, funding more than 70 United Ways across the bank’s footprint.
Elaine K. Ficarra