Generous donation makes a significant difference in helping the town show appreciation for essential workers
February 8, 2021 (Darien, Conn) – During continued challenging times, the Corbin Cares initiative has helped inspire the spirit of gratitude and giving in our town. Devised by local resident and CEO of Baywater Properties, David Genovese, the Corbin Cares initiative launched Phase Two in late 2020 to provide locally sourced meals for our town’s essential workers, including EMS Post 53, teachers, volunteer firefighters, town employees, police officers and postal workers.
When People’s United Bank’s management team learned about the initiative, the bank immediately signed on to contribute. Executive Vice President of Commercial Real Estate, Marjan Murray shared that the bank has a strong commitment to supporting the communities they serve. She said, “We have been in Darien ‘forever,’ and we are always looking for ways to support the community – whether that’s through delivering innovative solutions to meet our clients’ financial needs or through meaningful initiatives like this one. When David (Genovese) told me about the idea, I thought it was brilliant! The benefits are two-fold and tangible. On the one hand, you are supporting small businesses that have been impacted by Covid, and on the other hand, you are showing appreciation for essential workers. For us, it was a no-brainer.”
Said Genovese “I have worked with Marjan and the People’s team for almost 15 years now on various projects, and they are now one of Baywater’s strongest relationship lenders. When Marjan called me to let me know about this generous donation, I was absolutely floored. The Darien Foundation and we continue to be amazed by the outpouring of support for this initiative.”
Added Chairman of the Board of The Darien Foundation, Ward Glassmeyer, “The Darien Foundation has been proud to partner with Corbin Cares on Phase One and Two. We have all been overwhelmed by the gratitude that has been displayed by the community — and certainly by People’s Bank’s generous donation. Thank you again to People’s for your contribution – and for being such an important part of the Darien community!”
About People’s United Bank
People’s United Bank, N.A. is a subsidiary of People’s United Financial, Inc. (NASDAQ:PBCT), a diversified financial services company with more than $52 billion in assets. Founded in 1842, People’s United Bank is a premier, community-based regional Northeast bank with more than 5,500 employees offering commercial and retail banking, as well as wealth management services.
About Corbin Cares
Corbin Cares is a philanthropic initiative managed by the co-developers of The Corbin District, a transformational redevelopment of a significant part of downtown Darien. Conceived of during the initial wave of the COVID-19 crisis by Baywater Properties founder David Genovese and PG Properties founder Penny Glassmeyer, Corbin Cares leverages its relationships with the community to support local businesses and our community, working with local nonprofits such as The Darien Foundation, The Community Fund of Darien, The Darien Lions Club and Food Rescue US.
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About The Darien Foundation
The Darien Foundation is an independent, community-based, 501(c)(3) public charity. Since 1998, The Darien Foundation has awarded over $4.7 million in grants for technology and capital initiatives, which create opportunity for Darien’s youth, support our town’s safety and security services, and enhance the overall quality of life in Darien. Our volunteer Board of Directors—who reflect the many constituencies of Darien—thoroughly evaluates grant requests and assists grant recipients in achieving their goals. Public donations are directed to supporting grants awarded by The Darien Foundation, as all operating costs have been funded by Board member and Officer contributions. Most recently, The Darien Foundation has awarded grants to Corbin Cares, DAF Media, the Darien Police Department, The Depot Youth Center, STAR, Inc. Person-to-Person, and TV79.
For more information about The Darien Foundation, visit darienfoundation.org
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