Standing, left to right, Bar Harbor Bank & Trust employees Jack Frost and Ginny MacLeod present a donation for the Southwest Harbor Playground Renovation Fund to Rhonda Fortin, Pemetic Elementary School principal, and Dani Piquette-Kelly, Playground Committee organizer. PHOTO COURTESY OF BHBT

Donations and gifts



Bank supports mission gift program

BAR HARBOR — Employees of Bar Harbor Bank & Trust donated gifts and money to purchase gifts for 150 people in the Maine Seacoast Mission Christmas Program.

“My co-workers at Bar Harbor Bank & Trust are so generous; it makes it a pleasure to participate in this program. It will be well over $4,000 worth of gifts collected this year. I find coordinating this program to be one of the most inspirational events in which I am involved,” said Pam Farnsworth, a loan specialist at the bank.

Each year, the mission distributes about 10,000 holiday gifts to more than 3,200 children, families, nursing home residents and prisoners at Christmas time.

Contact the Maine Seacoast Mission at 288-5097or visit www.seacoastmission.org.

Playground fund supported by bank employees

BAR HARBOR — For the month of October, employees at the Southwest Harbor branch of Bar Harbor Bank & Trust chose the Southwest Harbor Playground Renovation Fund as the beneficiary of the bank’s Community Commitment program.

Each month, employees voluntarily contribute money from each paycheck into a charitable fund. These funds are pooled, matched by the bank and donated to a local nonprofit organization.

“The town playground, located between Pemetic Elementary School and the Harbor House Community Center, is showing its age, and a group of community members has come together to raise money to replace the structure,” said Dani Piquette-Kelly, Playground Committee organizer. “We hope to have the new playground ready for the 2018-19 school year. The total project cost is $295,000, and to date, we have raised just under $30,000. This gift from Bar Harbor Bank & Trust employees is much appreciated.”

The playground is designed to offer inclusive play and recreation areas for children of all abilities to enjoy. To make a tax deductible contribution to this project, write a check to The Playground Renovation Fund and mail it to Pemetic Elementary School, P.O. Box 255, Southwest Harbor, ME 04679. Visit the Southwest Harbor Playground Renovation Fund Facebook page.

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