NLMS teams up with Citizens Bank to Outskate Hunger
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(New London, CONN) — January 16, 2013 -- Citizens Bank and New London Main Street have partnered for Outskate Hunger - a new program set to hit the ice this February at the Rink at Parade Plaza. Supporting the Gemma E. Moran United Way Labor Food Center, the community is invited to skate, donate and celebrate the work of this incredible food pantry, which serves more than 20,000 men, women and children in New London County each month. All those who donate a non-perishable food item on February 1, 8, 15 or 22 will enjoy free admission (including skate rental) from 5:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. courtesy of the program’s sponsor, Citizens Bank.

Designed to draw visitors to downtown New London, Outskate Hunger also seeks to bring attention to the growing issue of hunger in Southeastern Connecticut. According to a U.S. Census Bureau study, more than 21,000 people in Southeastern Connecticut are living below the poverty level, while one in six children from the region are food insecure. Donated items will go directly to the Food Center, which distributes more than 2 million pounds of donated, surplus food to more than 96 food pantries, soup kitchens, shelters, day care centers, and senior citizen homes each year.

According to Ned Handy, President, Citizens Bank, Connecticut, “Citizens Bank invests in sponsorships that will make a difference to the communities in which we live and work. Outskate Hunger is a partnership that will engage local residents, support a local nonprofit and will drive visitors into downtown New London. Join us as we lace up our skates and take to the ice to help alleviate hunger.”

“Our Food Center’s ability to alleviate hunger and food insecurity in the region depends on community partnerships like this one,” stated Virginia L. Mason, President & CEO of the United Way of Southeastern Connecticut. We are very proud to join Citizens Bank and New London Main Street in bringing the community together to help our neighbors in need,” she added.

“New London Main Street and Citizens Bank have created a unique and impactful partnership one that will encourage area residents to come downtown, have fun and experience all that this city has to offer. In addition to supporting a critical need in our area, Outskate Hunger serves as an example as to how the Rink @ Parade Plaza can be utilized for other beneficial community programs moving forward. We encourage local non-profits, schools and community groups to take advantage of the Rink for programs like this,” said Tony Silvestri, board member of New London Main Street who oversees the Rink operations. “The Rink can be used for parties and fundraisers. It’s a resource for the community that should be leveraged for the benefit of all,”


THE RINK AT PARADE PLAZA:

This is the second season for the skating rink on the Parade Plaza (lower State Street) in New London's Historic Waterfront District. Over 11,000 people skated on the Rink during its inaugural season in 2012. The Rink will remain open through early March and the current scheduled hours of operation are Monday through Friday from 3pm to 8pm, Saturday from 12 p.m. to 8 p.m. and Sunday from 12 p.m. to 5 p.m. Some exceptions may be made for special events or private parties. For general inquiries about the Rink, call 860-910-7787. Visit www.newlondonmainstreet.org for a full schedule of Rink activities.

Youth and adult skating lessons, youth and adult hockey lessons, figure skating lessons, and group skates are available. New this month is an adult Broomball League on Wednesday evenings through the remainder of the Rink season. The cost to join the league is $40 per skater. Rink rentals are also available for parties and events. Admission is $5 for adults and $4 for children 12 and under. Rental skates are available for youth and adults for $4. Sharpening is also available at no charge.

The Rink at Parade Plaza is made possible with the support from the Frank Loomis Palmer Fund (Bank of America, Trustee), The Community Foundation of Eastern Connecticut, Citizens Bank, Harbour Towers New London, Suisman Shapiro Attorneys at Law and Hall Communications. Sponsorship opportunities are still available.

About Citizens Bank
Citizens Bank is a division of RBS Citizens, N.A., operating its seven-state branch network in Connecticut, Delaware, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, New York, Rhode Island and Vermont. It has 50 branches and 127 ATMs in Connecticut.

About New London Main Street
New London Main Street is a nonprofit organization committed to revitalizing New London's historic downtown. The goal of Main Street is to build community through activities and programs that enrich the cultural fabric, preserve and enhance historic streetscapes and support and expand the economic base of the city center. It is one of five award-winning Main Street programs in Connecticut and is among the 1,200 programs nationwide developed from an initiative of the National Trust for Historic Preservation in the 1970's.
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