Light Up Swampscott Final Press Release

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LIGHT UP SWAMPSCOTT COMMUNITY FUNDRAISER RAISES $16,607 FOR SWAMPSCOTT SCHOOL DISTRICT TO PURCHASE & INSTALL A NEW PROJECTOR AND DONATES ONE YEAR WARRANTY AND REPLACEMENT BULB VALUED AT $2,255.

June 23, 2015 – Swampscott, MA. – The Swampscott School District raised $16,607 as a result of the “Light Up Swampscott” fundraiser program, a partnership between the District, UNO Pizzeria & Grill, Swampscott Education Foundation, CCS Presentation Systems New England, Eastern Bank and Salem Five Charitable Trust.

This community effort had several components including donations of $7,965 from the Swampscott Education Foundation, $5,000 from Eastern Bank, $3,002 from UNO Pizzeria & Grill, $500 from Salem Five Charitable Trust and $140 from private donors. CCS Presentation Systems New England gave a $1000 discount on the installation and also agreed longer term support for the School District by providing a 1 year on-site warranty valued at $1,595 and an additional projector bulb valued at $660.

A new Hitachi CP-WX9211 digital projector will be installed replacing the auditorium’s original projector. The new projector will add high resolution, higher brightness, vivid colors, and sharp image quality to enhance presentations impacting education and community meetings and performances. . CCS will also provide digital HDMI connectivity, so that updated devices have a means of easily connecting to the system. The current system only allows for analog video connectivity. The auditorium serves as the venue for a wide range of teacher and student group activities in addition to numerous community meetings, performances, and forums. This new projector will ensure many more years of community usage and help enable greater student and school staff productivity.

”I am so grateful to UNO, the Swampscott Education Foundation (SEF), Eastern Bank, Salem Five, and the community for coming together to make our Light Up Swampscott fundraiser a success.”, says Superintendent Pamela Angelakis. “This kind of community generosity is what makes Swampscott such a special town. We will be holding a celebration in early fall when the installation of the projector at the high school is complete and we hope everyone will attend. A special thank you to Annie Pulaski at UNO for working so closely with the schools and for encouraging us from beginning to end.”

Dave Richie, President and Treasurer of the Swampscott Education Foundation, says, “I think this project was an excellent example of what our local business and institution can do when they work together and align their goals. It is my hope that we have an opportunity again to pool our resources and tackle these types of problems.”

”Combining the business, school and philanthropy communities proves that collaboration does have impact. Swampscott’s students and the community as a whole will now have increased opportunities to make use of advanced technology.”, adds Laura Kurzrok, Executive Director of Eastern Bank Charitable Foundation.

“CCS is pleased to be a part of the LIGHT UP SWAMPSCOTT COMMUNITY FUNDRAISER to help support technology in the classroom” says Chris Gamst, Vice President of CCS Presentation Systems.

“We are thrilled for the opportunity to support education and the Swampscott community through our fundraiser program. And this new Hitachi projector will benefit both the students as well as the community at large.” says Annie Pulaski, Local Marketing Coordinator of UNO Swampscott. “We are proud to be an active contributor to this community initiative.”

A “LIGHT UP SWAMPSCOTT” Projector Unveiling/Celebration Party will be held at a later date after the projector has been installed and school has reconvened in the fall. It will be a fun event for the whole Swampscott community to celebrate the success of the program and to kickoff the new school year. The date and details of this special event will be released at a later date.

For complete information on the “Light Up Swampscott!” Program, please contact Annie Pulaski at 252marketing@unos.com or Sarah Coletti at scoletti@unos.com.

Additional Information:

About Swampscott Education Foundation:

The Swampscott Education Foundation Inc. (“SEF”) is a registered non-profit 501(c)(3) corporation in the Commonwealth of Massachusetts, dedicated to raising money and funding grants that enhance the educational experience of the students of the Swampscott public schools. There has been a community based educational foundation supporting the Swampscott schools for the past twenty years and over that time it has awarded $300,000 to grant recipients. It is the SEF’s vision to build from that base and positively impact the educational experience of every Swampscott public school pupil. You can learn more about the Swampscott Education Foundation by visiting www.swampscottfoundation.org.

About UNO and UNO Dough Rai$ers:
Uno Pizzeria & Grill offers a complete casual dining menu, including seafood, burgers and steaks, pasta dishes, appetizers and desserts, as well as its signature Chicago Original Deep Dish Pizza™ and all-natural crust flatbread pizzas. There are over 140 Uno Pizzeria & Grill restaurants located in 24 states, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico, South Korea, United Arab Emirates, Honduras, Kuwait and Saudi Arabia. Uno is proud to support the local communities it serves with its hugely popular Dough Rai$ers program. To date, Uno has donated more than $4 million to deserving organizations. Organizations host a lunch, dinner or both at their local Uno and earn up to 20% of sales generated from guests who eat at Uno to support the cause. (http://www.unos.com/raisers.php)

About CCS Presentation Systems New England:
CCS Presentation Systems New England was founded in 1998 by Cheryl and Chris Gamst. CCS serves New England-area customers in the corporate, government and education sectors. The company provides full service sales, design, integration, installation and maintenance of audio and video equipment including interactive whiteboards, classroom response systems, projectors, LCD and video conferencing systems, digital signage, audio systems, document cameras, energy management systems, sound masking and more. During the past 16 years, CCS New England has been named a Top 50 Woman Owned Business, Top 50 Diversity Owned Business and Top 50 Privately Held Business. Additionally, CCS is a five time honoree on the Inc. 5000 list for fastest-growing private companies in America, has consistently ranked in the top ten for Systems Contractor News and was named Integrator of the Year in 2013 by Commercial Integrator. For more information about CCS visit www.ccsnewengland.com

About Eastern Bank:

Founded in 1818 and based in Boston, Eastern Bank is the largest and oldest mutual bank in the country, with $9.8 billion in assets and more than 100 branches serving communities in eastern Massachusetts and southern and coastal New Hampshire. Eastern Bank offers banking, investments and insurance all under one roof, and prides itself on working harder to understand its customers’ needs so it can deliver these services in a committed and personal way. Eastern Bank, which includes Eastern Bank Wealth Management and Eastern Insurance, is a recognized leader in corporate social responsibility and for its advocacy on behalf of a number of social justice causes. You can learn more about Eastern Bank by visiting www.easternbank.com, www.facebook.com/easternbank or www.twitter.com/easternbank.

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