May 01, 2018

People’s United Bank and Wakeman Boys & Girls Club Partner to Take Fundraising to New Heights

Fundraiser Event Registration Opens Today


BRIDGEPORT, CTPeople's United Bank, N.A. a subsidiary of People's United Financial, Inc. (NASDAQ: PBCT), and Wakeman Boys & Girls Club announced today registration has opened for an exciting community fundraising rappelling challenge that will take place on September 16, 2018. Participants will rappel off the 248 foot high People’s United Bank headquarters at 850 Main St. in Bridgeport, CT to raise funds for and awareness of Wakeman Boys & Girls Club.

Individuals must raise a minimum of $1,000 by event day to secure one of the 76 available rappelling slots. To register please visit: www.otewakeman.com. There is a $50 registration fee that goes towards a participant’s fundraising minimum, and registration is open to all.

“Community giving has always been an integral part of the People’s United Bank culture, and this is yet another exciting way we hope to energize and engage our communities to support an impactful organization here in Fairfield County,” said Jeff Tengel, Senior Executive Vice President Commercial Banking, People’s United Bank. “For more than 40 years we have partnered with Wakeman Boys & Girls Club and hope to raise more than $100,000 from this event.”

Funds raised will support critical youth and teen development programs at Wakeman’s three sites in Fairfield and Bridgeport, which serve more than 3,500 children and teens annually. The Club is also embarking on a new project to rebuild the former North End Boys & Girls Club on Madison Avenue in Bridgeport. There will be an opportunity for people to donate and not rappel, either by supporting another participant, becoming an event sponsor, or being a part of the VIP “Chicken Coop” (top fundraisers who prefer not to rappel over the edge).

“Without the support of local communities the health, wellness and leadership programs that our more than 3,500 youth and teen members rely on would not be possible, and this event marks an exciting and creative way to engage fundraisers,” said David Blagys, Executive Director, Wakeman Boys & Girls Club.

The event will be held in partnership with Over The Edge Global, who has helped raise over $70 Million with non-profit partners through its signature fundraising rappelling events. Over The Edge has hosted over 700 successful rappelling events in the past nine years.

About People's United Bank
People's United Bank, N.A. is a subsidiary of People's United Financial, Inc. (NASDAQ: PBCT), a diversified financial services company with $44 billion in assets. People’s United Bank, founded in 1842, is a premier, community-based, regional bank in the Northeast offering commercial and retail banking, as well as wealth management services through a network of over 400 retail locations in Connecticut, New York, Massachusetts, Vermont, New Hampshire and Maine.

About Wakeman Boys & Girls Club
Wakeman Boys & Girls Club serves 3,500 youth annually, with 500 kids and teens daily visiting the Southport Clubhouse, Smilow-Burroughs Clubhouse in Bridgeport and Outreach at McKinley School in Fairfield. For more than 100 years, the non-profit organization has filled the gap between school and home by providing a welcoming, positive environment in which kids and teens have fun, participate in life changing programs, and build supportive relationships with peers and caring adults in the areas of academic success, character and citizenship, and healthy lifestyles. Learn more at www.wakemanclub.org or facebook.com/wakemanBGC

About Over The Edge
Over The Edge is a special events company that provides signature events for non-profit organizations around the world. Business leaders, individuals and community members are invited to raise donations in exchange for the experience of going over the edge of a prominent building. This unique event generates front page news, raises thousands of dollars and provides participants with a once-in-a-lifetime experience. Over The Edge is responsible for all technical aspects of the event including the insurance, professional staff and rappelling equipment. In addition, OTE provides a comprehensive Fundraising Manual to conduct a successful fundraising event.

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