Simsbury Bank sponsors fundraising events

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From l.: Bernadeta Eichner, Sr. Relationship Manager, Simsbury Bank; Brian Liss, Executive Director, Farmington Valley YMCA; Tracy Saperstein, Community Campaign Chair, Farmington Valley YMCA.

Simsbury Bank donated a total of $2,500 to the Farmington Valley YMCA for two fundraising events this spring. The bank is the Champion Sponsor of the Farmington Valley YMCA’s Bike for the Battle that was held March 23 at the YMCA in Granby and will be a major sponsor of the Granby Road Race to be held on Saturday, May 4 from 7:30 to 11 a.m.

In the Bike for the Battle event, sponsors formed teams to ride stationery bikes in shifts. The proceeds of this event supports the Y’s Livestrong Program that has helped over 500 cancer survivors on their road to wellness. Livestrong at the YMCA is a free 12-week program offered to anyone diagnosed with cancer and is designed to help them improve their strength and overall quality of life.

The Granby Road Race includes a 5k and a 10k race. Now in its 47th year, the annual race is one of Connecticut’s oldest road events. The races take place on a rolling scenic route, partly road and partly through McLean Game Refuge and Salmon Brook Park. A kids’ Fun Run will take place for children up to age 9 and will be held at Granby middle school immediately after the two races begin. Online race registration closes at 11 p.m. on May 3; or you may register at 7:30 a.m. at the race. The race, which began on the first celebration of Earth Day in 1971, benefits the YMCA’s Community Campaign that sponsors a camp for kids regardless of their ability to pay.

Bernadeta Eichner, Senior Relationship Manager at the Granby branch and member of the Farmington Valley YMCA Board of Advisors, said, “The Livestrong program at the Farmington Valley YMCA has proven to provide valuable support to those battling cancer and a whole range of services that are invaluable to our community. And providing a way for kids to attend summer camp gives them a break from their routines and a chance to experience traditional and new camp activities. Simsbury Bank is honored to continue to support of these important programs.”