NEW BRITAIN - The Liberty Bank/Rotary Club Thanksgiving Dinner Drive raised a record breaking $356,372 to help supply food for households in need, announced the Liberty Bank Foundation Wednesday.
Now in its 14th year, 55 Liberty Bank offices teamed up with 40 Rotary Clubs and the East Haddam Community Lions Club to raise funds in the weeks leading up to Thanksgiving. The funds received are a 26 percent increase over last year’s fundraiser.
“Right now there are nearly 600,000 people in our state who are food insecure,” said Sue Murphy, executive director of the Liberty Bank Foundation and a member of the Middletown Rotary Club. “Thanks to our wonderful community collaboration with the Rotary, we’re able to stock the shelves at food pantries, assist local social services organizations and fill Thanksgiving baskets.”
The New Britain Rotary Club raised $580 and received $145 in matching funds for a total of $725, which was donated to the New Britain-Berlin YMCA Men’s Residency Program.
Southington Rotary Club was the number one fundraiser of the drive, working with Liberty’s Southington office to raise $70,225-the most ever raised by any club. This was matched with $17,556, along with a $500 incentive prize for the most funds raised, for a total of $88,281. The Rotary donated the funds to the Southington Community Services Food Pantry, Bread for Life and LISA, Inc.
Fifth place went to Bristol Rotary Club, which raised $18,418 and received matching funds of $4,605. The total of $23,023 was donated to Zion Lutheran Food Pantry.
In Plainville, the Rotary Club raised $2,542, which was matched with $636 for a total of $3,178. Funds were donated to the Plainville Community Food Pantry.
Newington Rotary Club donated $1,231 to Newington Human Services, representing $985 raised and $246 in matching funds.
In Berlin, the Kensington-Berlin Rotary raised $603 and received a match of $151, for a total of $754, which was given to Berlin Social Services.
Since it began in 2004, the Liberty Bank/Rotary Club Thanksgiving Dinner Drive has raised over $2 million.
Last year’s drive raised over $225,000, including $57,487 in matching funds from the Liberty Bank Foundation, for a total of $284,012.