93 Winchester St. Brookline, MA 02446    617 . 730 . 2770    info@brooklineseniorcenter.org

Corporate Friends of the Center

Ruthann Dobek and Elaine Joseph, Vice President at Canton Bank


BROOKLINE, MA (2013) – Citizens in Brookline will continue to enjoy hot lunches, thanks to a $1,000 donation by Bank of Canton toward the purchase of a new warming oven and freezer.

“In this difficult economy, nutritious food is an essential service which the Senior Center provides,” said Ruthann Dobek, Director of the Brookline Senior Center and Council on Aging. “We became very concerned when both our original freezer and warming oven failed in the same month. Thanks to the generosity of the Bank of Canton and other donors, we have been able to replace these important appliances.”

“Bank of Canton is committed to the communities we serve. The Brookline Senior Center epitomizes the concept of giving back to the town by helping seniors who are struggling to pay their food bills,” said Stephen P. Costello, President and CEO of Bank of Canton. “We are proud to partner with such a worthwhile organization that is meeting this critical need.”

The Brookline Senior Center delivers more than 20,000 healthy, nutritious meals in the town each year.

Increasingly more seniors depend upon the Brookline Senior Center to provide direct help – from food and nutrition to community and education, from hot meals to fuel assistance. The Town of Brookline funds only 75% of the Center’s annual budget, with the remainder coming from corporate and personal donations.

Bank of Canton operates a branch at 166 Harvard Street, just south of Coolidge Corner.


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Our challenge is ageism. There’s always money for a teen center, as well there should be. When the museum needs a new wing, there’s a gala with impressive dollar totals. Theater needs renovating? A celebrity or two donates an appearance and money flows in. Same for the ballet and the symphony. Board members proudly outdo each other supporting the arts.

Diseases carry caché. Jerry Lewis’s telethon raises millions in pledges. An unnatural disaster garners millions in donations. Politicians raise hundreds of thousands, richly rewarding donors.

Foundations and corporations take pride in their charitable work. What’s missing? A commitment to the people who raised us; those who did without so we could become doctors and lawyers, teachers, scientists,  accountants, authors, artists, inventors, bankers, entrepreneurs, nurses and business people. We mean the ones who paid for the BA, the MFA, the BS, PhD, MD and the MBA.

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