Brooklyn Daily Eagle
In keeping with their slogan, “multiply the good,” Ridgewood Savings Bank has again teamed up with the New York Islanders, pledging to donate $10 to local charities for every save made by an Islanders goalie this season. So far, past the halfway point in the season, the “Save with Ridgewood” sponsorship has led to nearly $20,000 in donations.
“The Islanders goalies have made 1,999 saves, as of today,” said Leonard Stekol, Ridgewood Bank’s President and COO, “which means we’re on pace for donating more than $20,000 again this year.”
“With the funds raised so far, we’ve donated $10,000 to the Prospect Park Alliance for its free “Sticks and Skates presented by HSS” weekly kid’s clinics,” said Domenico Ciaccio, AVP, Community Relations for Ridgewood. “We are so pleased to help out the Brooklyn community. That money goes to providing children with the helmets, sticks, pucks, elbow pads, gloves and with a chance to learn how to play hockey.”
As the Islanders goalies continue to make saves, future money will also be donated to Brooklyn Community Housing and Services (BCHS). BCHS is committed to ending homelessness in Brooklyn, providing short-term, transitional and permanent housing services. “We are extremely grateful for the generous support of Ridgewood Savings Bank and the Islanders. The funds from “Save with Ridgewood” will help us provide vital housing and homelessness prevention services for at-risk individuals and families in Brooklyn,” said Jeff Nemetsky, BCHS Executive Director.
Fans can track saves and make donations as the season progresses on the Islanders’ website (www.newyorkislanders.com/RSBsave). Last year, with this program, Ridgewood Savings Bank donated $22,410 to charities. Let’s hope the Islanders goalies continue to rack up the saves and wins – and multiply the good.
About Prospect Park Alliance
The Prospect Park Alliance sustains, restores and advances Prospect Park to benefit the diverse communities we serve, in partnership with the City of New York. The Alliance employs a professional staff of horticulturalists, maintenance workers, arborists, ecologists, educators, volunteer coordinators, visitor services representatives and many others who ensure the day-to-day operation of Prospect Park.
About Brooklyn Community Housing and Services
Formed in 1978, Brooklyn Community Housing and Services (BCHS) provides safe, clean, supportive housing for formerly homeless women, children and men. The organization helps them learn how to live productively and independently, with dignity, and with hope.
About Ridgewood Savings Bank
Founded in 1921, Ridgewood Savings Bank is the largest mutual savings bank in New York State, with over $5 billion in assets. With 34 branches in the New York area, Ridgewood Savings Bank continues to serve its community as it did in 1921, with their continued focus always on their customers.