(Bridgehampton, NY – February 22, 2013) The Bridgehampton National Bank Apple campaign culminated today with the distribution of funds to local food pantries throughout the Bank's marketplace. At a ceremony at the BNB Main office, pantries in Bridgehampton, East Hampton, Southampton, Springs and Sag Harbor each received a $1,000 check. Maureen's Haven, which helps the homeless on the East End received a check for $2,000. This is only part of the $20,000 donated by bank customers, employees and the company itself. In addition, distributions were made to pantries from Deer Park and Hauppauge to Greenport and Montauk. "The economic stresses have not eased for many people, and the past few storms have compounded the needs. Helping those people in our communities who struggle is part of what we believe community banking is all about," said Kevin M. O'Connor, president and CEO of Bridgehampton National Bank.
The Apple program began with a conversation initiated by the East Hampton Food Pantry several years ago. They suggested the "apple" as a means of recognizing donations. With 22 branches across Suffolk County, Bridgehampton National Bank took the program bank wide. It is an annual holiday tradition which runs through the end of January. Customers and employees enthusiastically participate. In addition to the financial gift, branch staff collect non- perishable foods during the months of November, December and January, which are also distributed to local pantries.
Bridgehampton National Bank provides commercial banking services throughout Suffolk County and is rated one of the top Community Banks in the country. The Bank has a long history of strong results and a reputation for working as partners with local businesses to help them succeed. Bridgehampton National Bank also has a rich tradition of involvement in the local community, supporting programs and initiatives that promote local business, the environment, education, healthcare, social services and the arts.