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April 14, 2013

Eastern Bank honors local nonprofits

LAWRENCE — Six Lawrence nonprofits were among 69 organizations awarded more than $1 million in grants at Eastern Bank’s 9th Annual Community Quarterback event last week.

Lazarus House Ministries received a grant of $15,000, while grants of $10,000 were awarded to Bread and Roses, Inc., Community Day Care of Lawrence, Inc., and Lawrence Community Works. Central Catholic High School and Notre Dame High School also received grants of $10,000.

The Eastern Bank Charitable Foundation granted a total of $1,025,000 to recognize outstanding community service by nonprofits during a ceremony at the bank’s corporate headquarters in downtown Boston featuring Eastern Bank Chairman and CEO Richard E. Holbrook and former Boston College and NFL quarterback Doug Flutie.

Grant recipients also received footballs autographed by Flutie, the bank's spokesman.

"Eastern Bank is proud to honor 69 organizations that put the needs of the underserved and neediest members of our community first,” said Holbrook. “These Community Quarterbacks share our commitment to improving the quality life in our neighborhood.”

“It’s always a pleasure and an honor to share the stage with Rich Holbrook and Eastern Bank, which year-after-year puts its communities and customers first,” said Flutie.

In nine years, the Community Quarterback program has honored 438 organizations with more than $6.5 million in grants.

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