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Sudbury's Save a Dog Gets $500 Donation

Savers Bank held an “Ugly Sweater Facebook Contest” in 2013.

Pictured from left to right: Maureen White, Assistant Manager, Savers Bank; Christina Toman and Jonathan Toman, Winners of “Ugly Sweater Contest.” Courtesy
Pictured from left to right: Maureen White, Assistant Manager, Savers Bank; Christina Toman and Jonathan Toman, Winners of “Ugly Sweater Contest.” Courtesy

Savers Bank recently donated $500 to Save a Dog as part of a Facebook contest prize, which awarded $50 to the winner and $500 to the charity of their choice.

Savers Bank held an “Ugly Sweater Facebook Contest” from November 25 through December 20 in which fans were invited to comment on a post, share a post, or upload a picture of themselves, a family member, or a friend wearing an “ugly Christmas sweater.” Savers Bank customer and Facebook fan Christina Toman of South Grafton was selected as the winner, and she chose Save a Dog for the charitable donation. 

Save a Dog, founded in 1999 by husband-and-wife team Shirley Moore and David Bernier, is a humane society in Sudbury. The organization’s primary focus is rescuing and rehoming abandoned dogs. After volunteering at local shelters and seeing the detrimental effect that kennel life had on some dogs, the founders began fostering and building a foster network for the dogs they took in from local and remote dog pounds. Save A Dog has now grown to more than 100 volunteers who help on an as-needed basis and approximately 25-30 volunteers who help on a weekly basis. 

When asked why she chose Save a Dog, Toman explained that both her friend and her own much beloved dog, Feather, each served as inspiration. “We are so blessed to have her in our life. I’ve always wanted to do more for places like the shelter where we got Feather. My friend Jennifer King works for Save a Dog,” Toman said. “She fosters, works at the shelter, brings the dogs to Petco on Saturdays to get them seen by potential families, and helps organize fundraisers. She does all this while working full time and caring for her family.  So I chose Save a Dog because of the great work Jennifer does—and I wanted to help, too.”

As a part of their mission, Savers Bank supports organizations that extend care and concern for the betterment of our communities.  

With offices in Southbridge, Uxbridge, Auburn, Grafton, Charlton, and Sturbridge, Savers Bank is a member of the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation (FDIC), the Federal Home Loan Bank, the Co-operative Central Bank, and Massachusetts Bankers Association. Founded in 1910, Savers Bank has assets of over $420 million, offers a full range of consumer and commercial banking services, and a strong legacy of community commitment and customer service. For more information call 1-800-649-3036, visit the website at saversbank.com, or find them on Facebook a facebook.com/SaversBank.

Submitted by Lauren Hand of Savers Bank. 

Prometheus January 30, 2014 at 10:38 AM
One thing for sure....the question of who has the ugliest Christmas sweater has been answered.

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