MutualOne Foundation awards $1,000 to support 4th annual ‘Walk to Break the Silence’

PrintMark R. Haranas, president and CEO of MutualOne Bank and a MutualOne Charitable Foundation trustee, announced today that the Foundation has awarded a $1,000 grant in support of the 4th annual “Walk to Break the Silence” scheduled on the common in Downtown Framingham in October.

The walk-a-thon event, which will be sponsored in part by MutualOne Bank, will raise funds for Voices Against Violence, an organization providing free and confidential information, referrals, counseling, advocacy, support services and shelter to survivors/victims of sexual and domestic violence in the MetroWest area.

The pre-Walk rally will include special guests U.S. Representative Katherine Clark and Honorary Chair Gerry Leone, former Massachusetts attorney general. Walk participants will include community residents, former Voices Against Violence clients, students from Framingham State University and Framingham High School, members of the Framingham Police Department, and local and state officials.

MutualOne Foundation grants over $9,000 to SPARK Kindness

Robert P. Lamprey, chairman of the MutualOne Charitable Foundation, has announced a grant in the amount of $9,125 to SPARK Kindness, a Natick-based nonprofit devoted to creating and supporting a community culture that empowers youth and promotes kindness and respect.

With its award, MutualOne will be the premier corporate sponsor for the third season of the organization’s “Resilient Parent, Resilient Child” speaker series hosted at Natick High School and open to the entire MetroWest community.

The Foundation award will help build upon and strengthen the program by the addition of outstanding speakers and experts from beyond the local community. Planned topics include Internet safety/digital citizenship, mental wellness, inclusive education, bullying prevention, and substance abuse prevention.

“SPARK Kindness is helping to strengthen our community by directly addressing the concerns of local families and their children,” said Lamprey. “This type of programming is invaluable, and MutualOne is pleased to help make it even more impactful going forward.”

Rachel Stewart (center), administrative director, MutualOne Charitable Foundation, celebrating the Foundation’s grant to SPARK Kindness along with children from the program.

Rachel Stewart (center), administrative director, MutualOne Charitable Foundation, celebrating the Foundation’s grant to SPARK Kindness along with children from the program.

Taking part in the Charitable Foundation’s ceremonial check presentation to SPARK Kindness are (l to r): SPARK Kindness program parents Anna Zawadzka and Michele Moratta; SPARK Kindness Board Member & Clerk, Becky Moss; Rachel Stewart, administrative director, MutualOne Charitable Foundation; SPARK Kindness Board Member, Holly McKean; Christine Fortune Guthery, president and board member, SPARK Kindness; Lori Davis, director and board Member, SPARK Kindness; Karen Fossett, vice president and board member, SPARK Kindness.

Taking part in the Charitable Foundation’s ceremonial check presentation to SPARK Kindness are (l to r): SPARK Kindness program parents Anna Zawadzka and Michele Moratta; SPARK Kindness Board Member & Clerk, Becky Moss; Rachel Stewart, administrative director, MutualOne Charitable Foundation; SPARK Kindness Board Member, Holly McKean; Christine Fortune Guthery, president and board member, SPARK Kindness; Lori Davis, director and board Member, SPARK Kindness; Karen Fossett, vice president and board member, SPARK Kindness.

Rachel Stewart (left), administrative director of the Charitable Foundation, delivering the ceremonial check to Christine Fortune Guthery, president and board member, SPARK Kindness.

Rachel Stewart (left), administrative director of the Charitable Foundation, delivering the ceremonial check to Christine Fortune Guthery, president and board member, SPARK Kindness.

Framingham Girl Scouts’ Fundraiser

If you passed by our Concord Street office recently you may have noticed our parking lot buzzing with all kinds of activity – as we served as host for the Framingham Girls Scouts’ latest fundraiser. We were happy to see a steady stream of visitors stop by for a quick car wash and tasty treat in support of the Scouts. Congratulations on a great event, girls!

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MutualOne Charitable Foundation awards $23,000 in scholarships

PrintMark R. Haranas, president and CEO of MutualOne Bank and a trustee of the MutualOne Charitable Foundation, announced today that the Foundation has awarded scholarships totaling $23,000 to seven local students.

Four students received MutualOne Charitable Foundation scholarships in the amount of $5,000 each. They are Kelly Rivers, Joseph P. Keefe Regional Technical School; Glorimar Rivera, Marian High School; Terry Carson, Framingham High School; and John Whitney, Jr., Natick High School.

Each of the scholarships is named to honor a prominent past member of the MutualOne Bank family including Roland J. Bunnell II, a Foundation trustee and MutualOne Bank senior vice president and member of the board of directors; Joseph M. Vincent, senior vice president and controller, and Richard H. Potter, former president, CEO and chairman of the board of directors. The fourth scholarship is newly titled to recognize Charles W. Hickson, also a former president, CEO and board chairman.

After graduation from Framingham High School in 1942, Hickson enlisted in the United States Navy and served from 1942 to 1945 during World War II as an engineer on submarines. Graduating from Boston College in 1951, Hickson taught at the Gordon Street School in Framingham before beginning his career at Framingham Cooperative Bank (now known as MutualOne Bank) in 1952, and retiring in 2006 after 54 years of service to the Bank and to the community of Framingham.

In addition to the $5,000 awards, Framingham High School seniors Yeni Tejade, Ian Gonzalez, and Penelope Esterez each received a $1,000 Edwin Alexis Marin Memorial scholarship. Established to encourage Latino students to continue on to college, the award honors the memory of a promising young student originally from El Salvador who lost his life in a car accident following his sophomore year at Framingham High School.

“We are firm believers in the value of higher education, and it pleases us to support the academic goals of the future leaders of our community,” said Haranas. “It is an investment we are proud to make.”

Open a checking account, help the library.

CheckingCharityNewEach year, through our Checking for Charity promotion, MutualOne donates $10 to a designated local charity with the opening of each new personal or business checking account.

In 2015 our Checking for Charity initiative will benefit the Framingham Main Library and Morse Institute Library in Natick.

Since its introduction in 2008, the MutualOne Bank Checking for Charity promotion has benefited Framingham High School, Natick High School, the Natick Veterans Relief Fund, Buddy Dog Humane Society, Ovations for a Cure, and the American Cancer Society. Click here to find out more about past donations.

Creating a Brighter World Through Innovation

Wadhwani

Danny & Dinesh Wadhwani

How can you build an award-winning multi-million dollar global business that has a world of impact on business bottom lines – and the entire planet?

For brothers, Dinesh and Danny Wadhwani, it started with a bright idea – to find an affordable and efficient way to help larger companies convert to LED lighting. Unlike residential consumers who could just purchase LED bulbs and insert them into lighting systems, larger businesses had to replace their entire lighting fixtures to convert, resulting in significant costs and poor return on investment (ROI). In 2009, Dinesh Wadhwani found an innovative solution to this challenge: custom LED bulbs to fit existing commercial fixtures.

That idea helped spawn ThinkLite, a Natick-headquartered company with operations in 14 countries, which custom designs, manufactures, distributes, and installs energy efficient retrofit solutions to commercial customers and governments.

In 2014, the company continued its track record of innovation when it developed new high-output driverless T5 & T8 LED Tube lights, which reduce energy consumption as much as 60%. Powered by this new driverless technology, the company is able to make an immediate difference to any company’s bottom line, and is projected to reach double-digit million in revenue for 2015.

This awe-inspiring success recently earned ThinkLite recognition as the top young company in the nation in Inc. Magazine’s Top Under 30 for 2015.

Danny Wadhwani shares one of the reasons for their success. “When we needed capital to grow our business, we turned to MutualOne. They really understood our business model and have been innovative in helping us fund our projects. They’ve been there for us every step of the way.”

Visit thinklite.com to learn more.

Annual Employee Awards Night

It is one of our favorite events of the year – the night when we recognize and thank our employees for all of their hard work and dedication at our annual Employee Awards.

Executive Vice President, Steven M. Sousa, presented the awards during the April 29 ceremony, where we acknowledged our new employees and along our service award honorees, each of who celebrated an anniversary of a five-year increment with the Bank.

MutualOne Bank's Employee Award Night

Celebratory Smile: (left to right): Julia Arroyo; Donna Sahely; Neveen Bakhet; Christina Garbarino; Marie Harrington; Diane Evans, President & CEO, Mark Haranas; Rachel Stewart; Yasmine Ouweijan; Steven M. Sousa.

Congratulations to all of this year’s recipients.

Service Awards:
Peter J. Hall- 5 years
Christina M. Garbarino- 10 years
Steven M. Sousa- 10 years
Rachel A. Stewart- 15 years
Yasmine S. Ouweijan- 15 years
Neveen S. Bakhet- 15 years
Carmen M. Martin- 15 years
Julia Arroyo- 15 years
Donna M. Sahely- 20 years
Marie Harrington- 25 years
Dianne B. Evans- 45 years

New Employees:
David Burr – Credit Analyst
Joanne Pizzigno – Assistant Vice President, Loan Servicing
Dominique Tock – Personal Banker
Amy Stapinski – Personal Banker
Gilana Telles -Personal Banker
Jordan Concannon – Service Representative
Timothy Ellerbe – IT Specialist
Andrew Zelman – Senior Vice President, Commercial Loan Officer
Raymond Bradford – Personal Banker
Andrew Wilson – Credit Analyst
Yves Munyankindi – Personal Banker
Sarah Binney – Personal Banker
Mathew Cepero – Business Banking Specialist

MutualOne Foundation grant supports initiatives to enhance Natick Center

NCCDSteven M. Sousa, executive vice president and chief operating officer of MutualOne Bank and a Foundation trustee, announced that the Foundation has awarded $9,971 to Natick Center Associates to promote the Natick Center Cultural District.

The Foundation award will support a comprehensive marketing program by Natick Center Associates to launch the new Natick Center Cultural District (NCCD) logo and brand identity designed to enhance the cultural, economic, and social vibrancy of the downtown area.

“Blending the allure of a traditional New England town center and the vitality of today’s art, culture and business environment is a definite investment in the Town’s future,” said Sousa. “We’re pleased to have a role in the revitalization process.”