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Messenger: United Way gets big bank grant from CNB

January 14, 2013
Canandaigua, N.Y. — The United Way of Ontario County received a big boost to its youth programs Thursday night after receiving a $30,000 grant from Canandaigua National Bank & Trust.

The CNB donation will be a challenge grant, meaning the bank will match any new or increased donation — up to $30,000 — to the community fund. The initiative is being called the CNB Challenge for Children, said Rhoda Childs, the recently retired regional director for the United Way of Ontario County.

Childs added that the money would go to programs geared toward youths.

“Last year we opened eight new after-school programs; this will help cover those programs," Childs said. "It will also go toward a mentoring program, and an early intervention program."

The announcement of the grant was made Thursday night at the United Way’s CEO Kick-off event at the New York Wine & Culinary Center on South Main Street in Canandaigua. The event was sponsored by Messenger Post Media, Constellation Brands and Canandaigua National Bank.

“It’s a great way to put money right into the community,” said Frank Hamlin III, the president of CNB. He added that the challenge grant was a good way to double contributions to the United Way.

The United Way of Ontario County raised $1,359,800 in 2012 — it is the highest figure raised by the organization, Childs said. It raised $1,305,683 in 2011, $1,303,738 in 2010 and $1,276,760 in 2009.

While the group surpassed its goals last year, the United Way will have a new leader in 2013. With Childs retiring, Kari Buch will take over as the regional director.

“I feel so good about turning things over to Kari,” Childs said. “I know she’ll do a good job.”