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Bay State Savings Bank Accepts Ice Bucket Challenge to Support ALS

August 15, 2014

WORCESTER, MA / August 2014 – In response to the Ice Bucket Challenge which recently went viral on Social Media, Bay State Savings Bank decided to issue a challenge of its own – to all 7 of its branches! Burncoat Branch employees responded first, agreeing to pour ice water over their heads to support ALS research and treatment. Then, several Commercial Lenders wanted in. And on August 12th, the challenge was completed on the front lawn at the Burncoat Street office. 

The crew of 5 Bay State employees received many beeps and waves of support from passers-by, as they poured the ice cold water over their heads. Each of the participating employees: Jayme Burdett, AVP/Branch Manager – Burncoat Street; Nate Pratt, Assistant Branch Manager – Burncoat Street; Sonya Dagnese, Teller – Burncoat Street; Steve Groccia, SVP/Commercial Lending – Franklin Street and Cheryl Begin, Commercial Relationship Officer – Franklin Street, made individual donations and Bay State Savings Bank has made a $500 contribution to the ALS Association.

“ALS is a devastating disease, and right now there is no cure,” said Diane Giampa, SVP/Human Resources & Marketing at Bay State Savings Bank. “We were inspired by the story of Pete Frates, the former Boston College Baseball Team Captain, who was diagnosed with ALS in his twenties, and we wanted to do something to help.”

Now, 29, wheelchair bound, and losing his ability to speak, Pete Frates issued the first Ice Bucket Challenge in early August to “wake people up” and help raise awareness and increase funding for ALS. It has turned into a national phenomenon, and now, everyone is talking about ALS!

“The Bank is happy to be a part of any effort that will help eradicate this awful disease and provide support for patients and their families with ALS. 

“We’ve always thought of ourselves as a COOL bank,” added Giampa, “but accepting the Ice Bucket Challenge for ALS has literally made it true!”

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