By Michael Givens
June 25, 2018
On Tuesday, June 12th, more than 1,600 people gathered for Eastern Bank’s 200th anniversary at the Boston Convention and Exhibition Center (BCEC) to celebrate and commemorate their ground-breaking work supporting and empowering local communities.
“I think we’re going to continue to grow and expand and further deliver on our community mission,” said Eastern Bank CEO Bob Rivers of the organization’s legacy and his hopes for the future. “It’s manifested by our commitment to 10 percent of our net income every year to charity. The Eastern Bank Charitable Foundation has over $100 million today…It’s really just delivering more of that impact to more and more people over time, here in New England and beyond.”
Rivers was joined by the Eastern Bank Partners For Good, award-winning former NFL quarterback Doug Flutie, and three-time World Series champion and former designated hitter David “Big Papi” Ortiz. The celebration, however, didn’t end with commemorating Eastern Bank’s 200th anniversary. The bank also welcomed a new Partner For Good—two-time gymnastic Olympian and Needham, Massachusetts, native Aly Raisman.
“I’ve always been a fan of Eastern Bank just because of how passionate they are about doing good and I think with the way that the world is today, we need a lot more brands like Eastern Bank. I’m very, very proud to be working with them,” said Raisman. “They are incredibly supportive of what I’m doing right now with Darkness to Light, which is trying to end child sexual abuse. I’m very grateful for their help and I’m very excited to work together.”
Flutie, who founded The Doug Flutie, Jr. Foundation for Autism, echoed Raisman’s sentiments about Eastern Bank.
“It’s been a great partnership for 14 years,” he said. “Eastern Bank is involved in the community and it’s great to be affiliated with someone who is giving back…it’s just a matter of doing something nice for somebody and putting them in the best position to prosper. That’s what Eastern Bank is all about.”
“Partners For Good is something totally different—this thing is unbelievable,” Ortiz exclaimed to the crowd at one point during the festivities at the jam-packed venue. Ortiz is the founder of the David Ortiz Children’s Fund, which seeks to provide vital pediatric care to children across New England and his home country of the Dominican Republic.
The evening was filled with a well-earned sense of accomplishment as attendees reflected on the impact of Eastern Bank and its consistent service to New England’s communities.
Having just celebrated his 23rd anniversary with the bank, David Guilmette, a retail administration specialist, summed up his thoughts on the institution’s legacy with the word “inclusiveness” and discussed a particularly good act that Eastern Bank performed that really resonated with him.
“Standing up for the LGBTQ community and the transgender community—it’s amazing what they’ve done,” he said. “Our executive vice president of human resources has gone to the State House in both Massachusetts and New Hampshire to speak on transgender rights.”
Guilmette said the philosophy of acceptance isn’t just a community practice, it extends to the staff as well. “They make everybody feel welcome. Everybody is included in Eastern Bank.”
When asked what separates Eastern Bank’s 200-year legacy from other well-known banks in New England, Guilmette didn’t hesitate with his response. “At Eastern Bank, the employees know who you are when you come in. We know our customers. They call us, they come into the branch, we know who they are and it’s just a homey feeling when you come in.”
While Guilmette has been on a near-quarter of a century journey with Eastern Bank, Deborah Williams has just started hers. A vendor loan compliance specialist with the bank for just three months, Williams couldn’t contain how excited she is to be working with the institution.
“I really am amazed at all they do for the community and all they do for the employees,” she said.
Noting that she’s worked with other large banks, she contended that those other banks, “don’t do half of what Eastern Bank does for its employees.” When she started working at the bank, she was impressed with how devoted the bank is to service and says she’s committed to the institution and its mission.
Learn more about Eastern Bank’s mission to Join Us For Good.
At their 200th Anniversary, Eastern Bank reaffirmed their commitment to doing good and welcomed a two-time Olympic champion as their new Partner For Good.