Fidelity participates in Movember Fundraiser to benefit 15-40 Connection

Fidelity Bank employees (l to r) Judy Khallady, Allison Swank-Collins, Veronica Meneses, Karen Reardon, Terrence O’Kane and Dee Sendrowski (Photo/submitted)

Region – Skipping shaving for a month allowed Fidelity Bank employees to help a worthy Westborough cancer prevention organization. The Leominster-based community bank donated $4,000 during “Movember” to the nonprofit 15-40 Connection, which is focused on awareness and education about early cancer detection. It is the second year in a row that Fidelity Bank has donated its Movember proceeds to the organization.

Movember is an annual event, which encourages men to grow facial hair, such as moustaches or beards, during the month of November to raise awareness and money for men’s health issues, such as prostate and testicular cancers.

Fidelity Bank donated $50 for each of the 38 men who gave up shaving. It also raised money at each of its 10 full-service offices with their “This Movember, I remember” tags. Seeing the names written on the tags by donors was an inspiration and reminder of how cancer affects everyone. The bank also declared Nov. 30 “Movember for Everyone” day and made donations for each employee who could not grow a moustache, but created a crazy fake ‘stache and wore it to work. In addition, Fidelity Bank raised funds for 15-40 Connection at two November “Jeans Days,” when employees paid $5 each to wear jeans to work.

The donations are part of Fidelity Bank’s LifeDesign Community Dividend, which is money Fidelity Bank disperses throughout the year to improve the quality of life of communities through supporting local organizations. In 2016, Fidelity Bank donated $290,000 to more than 100 worthy community organizations through the LifeDesign Community Dividend.