Recent Community Involvement

United Way Honors Commerce Bank Employee Campaign Managers

February 22, 2013

Pictured, clockwise from bottom left, Sue Card, Frances Lebeau, Elizabeth Ramirez, Mark Georgeson, Michael Roy, Doreen Thornberg (United Way Team Member), and Nicole Sabatini.

Doreen Thornberg, on behalf of the United Way of Central Massachusetts, visited Commerce Bank's Worcester headquarters to say thank you for the Bank's campaign efforts in 2012. The Bank's six Employee Campaign Managers received Certificates of Recognition for their time, talent, and dedication to improving the community. Employees recognized were Sue Card, Mark Georgeson, Frances Lebeau, Elizabeth Ramirez, Michael Roy, and Nicole Sabatini.


Commerce Bank Donates $10,000 to Harrington ED Campaign

February 22, 2013

Pictured, from left to right, are Harrington Development Director Sean Mitchell; Commerce Bank’s Webster Branch Manager, Shereen Fahey; Harrington President and CEO Edward H. Moore; Harrington’s Webster Site Administrator, Pamela Zouranjian Connor; and Commerce Bank President and CEO Brian W. Thompson.

Original press release from Harrington Healthcare System published on February 21, 2013.

Commerce Bank has generously donated $10,000 to Harrington HealthCare System’s fundraising campaign to rebuild the Emergency Department in Webster.

The donation brings the amount raised for the Strengthening Our Future campaign from local residents, businesses and foundations to more than $1 million. Thanks to a $4 million matching grant from an anonymous donor, the sum raised totals more than $2 million.

The money raised will help support an $8.8 million fund-raising campaign to modernize and renovate the Emergency Department at the Webster campus at 340 Thompson Road. 

Harrington HealthCare at Hubbard’s Emergency Department is the focal point of healthcare in Webster, Dudley, Oxford, Douglas, Thompson and surrounding communities in South Central Massachusetts and Northern Connecticut. The Emergency Department in Webster sees more than 12,000 patient visits a year, but has not had a substantial overhaul since it was constructed in 1955.

Harrington’s Emergency Department plays a vital role in the Webster area, said Commerce Bank President and CEO Brian W. Thompson.

“Every community needs an Emergency Department for the health and safety of its citizens. Harrington’s Emergency Department in Webster has saved countless lives over the years,” Thompson said. “When the Emergency Department on Thompson Road is rebuilt, it will be an even bigger asset to our community than it has been in the past.”

“This generous donation by Commerce Bank will help us keep our Webster Emergency Department up to date, with the latest in life-saving equipment,” said Edward H. Moore, President and CEO of Harrington HealthCare System, the parent corporation of Harrington HealthCare at Hubbard. “By rebuilding our Emergency Department, we will ensure that individuals, institutions and businesses in the region will continue to receive quality healthcare, close to home, for many years to come.”

If you are interested in supporting the Strengthening Our Future Campaign, please view our opportunities to give online at


Commerce Bank Sponsors March 3rd Chili Cook-Off to Benefit the Hand Fruit Program

Original article written by Barbara M. Houle and published in the Worcester Telegram & Gazette, February 21, 2013 edition.

A Chili Cook-Off will be held from noon to 3 p.m. March 3 at Isador’s Organic Fruit & Deli, 261 Main St., Oxford.

The Webster Dudley Business Alliance, Isador’s and Commerce Bank of Webster have partnered to host the event, which benefits schools in the tri-town area, with all proceeds going to the Hand Fruit Program. Event sponsor is Commerce Bank of Webster.

The public can sample chili for a $5 donation. Tickets may be purchased in advance at Isador’s, Commerce Bank’s Webster office at 25 Worcester Road and Booklovers’ Gourmet, 55 E. Main St., Webster. Tickets will be available at the door the day of the event.

Restaurants, caterers and individuals interested in entering the Chili Cook-Off can call Justin Szostakowski, owner of Isador’s, at (508) 987-1211 by Feb. 28. There is no entry fee. Chili entries can range from spicy to mild and meat to vegetarian.

Szostakowski established “Isador’s” Hand Fruit Program to help supplement Massachusetts’ public school lunch programs with organic fruit. Funds are raised through community events.

The first event, held in February 2010, provided fruit for students at Oxford Middle School, according to Szostakowski, who said more schools have benefited since then.

“The purpose of the cause is to provide a practical education to young people about the importance of whole food nutrition,” said Szostakowski.

“We all benefit from living in a healthy, positive environment,” said Debra Horan, president of the Webster Dudley Business Alliance. “When individuals and families thrive, local businesses also thrive.”

The Webster Dudley Business Alliance strives to have an active role in the improvement of the local community where its members work and live, according to Horan.

Park Avenue Elementary School in Webster is one of the schools that received fresh fruit for its lunch program as a result of the fundraiser. “We hope to increase our support this year,” said Horan.

Shereen Fahey, manager of Commerce Bank’s Webster office, said the bank is pleased to support the Hand Fruit Program through its sponsorship of the Chili Cook-Off. “Good nutrition is critical to our children’s healthy and well-being, and the Hand Fruit Program plays an important role by ensuring that they have access to healthy alternatives at school,” she said.

Chili lovers, ante up!