Community Allies Serving Together Host Roast

Apr 7, 2011 -  MANCHESTER, CT. – Community Allies Serving Together, a fundraising partnership between Hockanum Valley Community Council, Visiting Nurse and Health Services of Connecticut, and ECHN’s Woodlake at Tolland, held a Roast in honor of Bill McGurk, President and CEO of Rockville Bank, for his retirement. The event raised more than $30,000, which will support the programs and services of the three organizations. The event was generously hosted at Manchester Community College, where Community Allies Serving Together also presented a $1,500 check to Dr. Gena Glickman, President of Manchester Community College, for the William J. McGurK–Rockville Bank Scholarship.

The William J. McGurk–Rockville Bank Scholarship was created in 2011 in honor of Bill’s retirement from Rockville Bank after 31 years of dedicated service. Bill’s passion for community service and his enthusiasm for the community college system led to the creation of this scholarship to help incoming students further their academic careers.

A heartfelt letter was read at the beginning of the Roast by the three organizations. “We are gathering this evening to pay tribute to a gentleman whom we have all known for many years, Bill McGurk. Bill is a respected business and community leader, but to our organizations, he is so much more. Bill has been a friend and mentor, an advocate and trusted adviser, and a fundraiser and a ‘friend raiser.’ Thank you, Bill, for all that you have done and continue to do for our benefit. We wouldn’t be where we are today without you!”

Master of Ceremonies Scot Haney, WFSB Channel 3 Early Morning Meteorologist and co-host of Better Connecticut, kicked off the evening and introduced the roasters, who sat on the stage with a backdrop that read “Old Bankers Never Die, They Just Pass The Buck!” The roaster line-up included Raymond H. Lefurge, Chairman of the Board, Rockville Bank; Dr. Jonathan Daube, President Emeritus, MCC; The Honorable Howard Pitkin, Commissioner of Banking; Brad Davis, WDRC Radio Personality; Peter J. Karl, President & CEO, ECHN; David Lentini, President & CEO, Connecticut Bank and Trust; and Mary McGurk, thought of by many to be the Patron Saint of Rockville Bank.

The evening was made possible through many generous sponsors, Barry & Barall, LLC; Susan & Bill Breslau; AndrĂ© Charbonneau; CNC Software; Inc.; Connecticut Bank and Trust Company; Highland Park Market; Kahan, Kerensky & Capossela, LLP; Main Street Checks; Manchester Community College Foundation; Rockville Bank; Scranton Motors, Inc. and Wolf & Company, P.C., to name just a few. A very special thanks to the event’s in-kind donors: 2Fly Wines; CBS Radio; Griffin, York & Krause; Jeff Yardis / Corporate Images Photography; Manchester Community College; Rockville Bank; and Sodexho.

Bill McGurk and Roasters:

Ray Lefurge, Dr. Jonathan Daube, Brad Davis, the Honorable Howard Pitkin, Peter Karl, Mary McGurk, and David Lentini

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