BOSTON, Sept. 12, 2017 /PRNewswire/ -- Eastern Bank, America's oldest and largest mutual bank, today announces its newest Partner for Good: Boston sports icon David Ortiz. Ortiz, who banked big numbers throughout his entire career, is partnering with Eastern Bank as part of Join Us For Good, a campaign designed to inspire customers and communities, celebrate those who are making a difference, and rally others to "create a movement."
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"New England is special to me for a lot of reasons – including its strong sense of community. It's not just where I spent most of my career, it's where I raised my children," says David Ortiz. "Giving back to the community is part of everything I do, and it's important that I work with companies like Eastern Bank who have that same passion."
Eastern Bank and David Ortiz share a commitment to doing good things to help people prosper. Both are unwavering in their support of underserved communities, immigrant populations and children in need. Ortiz's extensive charitable work with the David Ortiz Children's Fund and the Jimmy Fund is inspirational and makes him an exceptional partner. To kick-off the partnership, Eastern and Ortiz teamed up for the first of many acts of good, by giving much-needed support to hurricane victims. Eastern Bank donated $10,000 to the David Ortiz Children's Fund, which will be used to provide critical support to communities that were impacted by Hurricane Irma.
"When most people think of David Ortiz, they'll remember the incredible legacy he left on the field for Boston. But what's more significant is the incredible work he does across New England and the Dominican Republic through his Children's Fund," says Eastern Bank CEO Bob Rivers. "This donation to hurricane relief is just one example of the many acts of good we will do throughout our partnership. David is a natural Partner For Good and we're excited to welcome him to the Eastern family and bring more good to the communities we serve."
As part of the partnership announcement, David Ortiz surprised unsuspecting Eastern Bank customers by coming out of retirement to take a swing at being Eastern Bank's designated "Good Teller" as part of a social media video series. Customers were shocked to find that David Ortiz was their personal teller-in-training but his signature smile was welcomed by all who have come to know, love and respect the sports icon.
As part of David Ortiz's partnership with Eastern Bank, Eastern Bank is now the "official New England Bank of Big Papi" and Ortiz will appear at special events, in advertising, community advocacy efforts, social media and more.
About Eastern Bank
Founded in 1818 and based in Boston, Eastern Bank is the largest and oldest mutual bank in the United States, with $10 billion in assets and over 120 locations serving communities in eastern Massachusetts and southern and coastal New Hampshire. Eastern provides exceptional access to fairly priced banking, investment and insurance products and services for consumers and businesses of all sizes. Eastern Bank, which includes Eastern Wealth Management and Eastern Insurance, is known for its outspoken advocacy and community support that has topped more than $100 million in charitable giving over the past 20 years. An inclusive company, Eastern employs 1,900 deeply committed professionals who value relationships with their customers, colleagues and communities.
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