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Easthampton, Massachusetts – Matthew S. Sosik, President and CEO of bankESB, announced that bankESB has contributed $10,000 to the Holyoke Community College (HCC) Foundation, Inc., MGM Culinary Arts Institute (CAI).

The CAI, located in the Cubit Building at 164 Race Street in Holyoke, is home for Culinary Arts and Hospitality Management training programs, special events, and entrepreneurship initiatives for HCC students studying Hospitality Management, Food Service Management, and Culinary Arts. The new facility has given HCC students and the general population the space to learn and gain skills that translate into jobs within a growing regional industry. It also provides the opportunity to turn their personal passions into fulfilling careers.

“This kind of investment helps further the work that we’re able to do,” said Christina Royal, President of HCC. “We’re very grateful for the support of businesses that are interested in investing in our local community and also value education as a key component of what we need to lift up our communities.”

The Cubit Building is placed within the heart of the redevelopment and growth initiative in Holyoke, and has provided students, businesses, and the community access to the newest culinary arts training facility in New England. The Institute has served as a hub for providing the region with a qualified, eager, and inspired workforce that meet’s today’s standards. Ultimately, the CAI has become a source of access, education, and employment for many residents of Holyoke and throughout the Pioneer Valley.

“We are proud to support the Holyoke Community College MGM Culinary Arts Institute. We appreciate the opportunity to partner with organizations like HCC and the HCC Foundation to fund innovative programs that support community revitalization efforts and provide professional skills that lead to meaningful employment opportunities for people in our community. That, for us, is extremely important,” said Dena M. Hall, EVP, Chief Marketing Officer at bankESB and President of the Easthampton Savings Bank Foundation.


Founded in 1869 as Easthampton Savings Bank, bankESB is headquartered in Easthampton, Massachusetts and operates 11 branches throughout western Massachusetts.

Through its sponsorship and charitable giving program, bankESB and the Easthampton Savings Bank Charitable Foundation support non-profit organizations and causes throughout Hampden and Hampshire Counties. In 2018, the Bank and Foundation donated more than $300,000 to 150 organizations. In the last five years, the program has donated more than $1.1 million. For more information, visit

bankESB is a member of the Hometown Financial Group, a $3 billion mutual multi-bank holding company headquartered in Easthampton, Massachusetts and the parent company of bankESB, bankHometown and Abington Bank. For more information, visit

For more information, please contact:

Hometown Financial Group
Dena M. Hall
Chief Marketing Officer
(413) 779-2215


Pictured (L to R): Amanda Sbriscia, Executive Director of the HCC Foundation and Vice President of Institutional Advancement at HCC; Harry Montalvo, Community Development Specialist at bankESB; Tiffany Raines, AVP, Holyoke Branch Officer; Christina Royal, President of HCC; and John Driscoll, Chair of the HCC Foundation's Board of Directors.

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