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Liberty Bank is accepting nominations for its 22nd annual Willard M. McRae Community Diversity Award. The application deadline is Friday, October 21 and the recipient will be recognized this fall.

Since 2001, Liberty Bank has presented the Willard M. McRae Community Diversity Award to individuals who have made outstanding and ongoing contributions to the cause of promoting and celebrating diversity, equity, and inclusion in the communities served by the Bank. It is named in honor of the late Willard M. McRae, past chairman of the Liberty Bank Board of Directors and a founding member of the Liberty Bank Foundation Board of Directors. A lifelong Middletown resident who passed away in early 2016, Willard was known for his extraordinary commitment to equal access and opportunities for all, regardless of economic status, race, background, disability, or other factors. His contributions to children’s mental health, education, and human services made a positive difference for thousands of people.

“At Liberty, we value diversity as a strength that builds more vibrant communities and we envision a future where there are no barriers to success,” stated David Glidden, Liberty Bank President and CEO. “As a community bank and champion of diversity, we are committed to supporting and honoring organizations that work to create a space where equal opportunities and equitable outcomes exist for all. Our annual Diversity Award is one way of celebrating those outstanding contributions, which are helping to improve the lives of our customers, teammates and communities for generations to come.”

This year, Liberty Bank will recognize a nonprofit organization that is having a significant impact on achieving equity, social justice, or economic mobility for historically marginalized groups or economically disenfranchised individuals with a vision towards creating more vibrant and inclusive communities.  The organization selected to receive the Willard M. McRae Community Diversity Award will have enhanced the quality of life of individuals by raising awareness that diversity, equity, inclusion are sources of strength in our communities.

Award Criteria

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About Liberty Bank

Established in 1825, Liberty Bank is one of the oldest and largest mutual banks in the country. With more than $7 billion in assets, Liberty has 62 banking offices across Connecticut. As a full-service financial institution, Liberty offers consumer and commercial banking, cash management, home mortgages, business loans, insurance and investment services. Named ‘Top Workplace’ by the Hartford Courant every year since 2012 and designated a 2021 and 2022 Best-In-State Bank in Connecticut by Forbes Magazine, Liberty maintains a longstanding commitment to superior personal service and unparalleled community involvement.