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People's United Bank Supports MCI Campaign
Posted 10/25/2017 04:13PM

MCI Receives $15,000 Gift from People's United Bank

PITTSFIELD, ME - Maine Central Institute (MCI) Headmaster Christopher J. Hopkins announced the School has received a $15,000 gift from People's United Bank for the Founders Campaign at a check presentation with Bank President Daniel P. Thornton and MCI's concert band class on the Pittsfield campus.

"We are very grateful for the generous support of People's United Bank," Hopkins said in accepting the check, "and are honored to earn their support for the Founders Campaign, which is truly transformational for MCI."

The $6.5 million Founders Campaign is the largest fundraising effort in MCI's history, and is also the School's first comprehensive campaign. In August 2016, MCI launched the capital campaign as part of the celebration of its Sesquicentennial. According to Hopkins, 302 donors have contributed $5,430,505 to date. A generous $500,000 challenge gift, offered by friends of the School, Tom and Anne Koester of New Jersey, was matched by $500,000 in contributions received through May 4, 2017. The Founders Campaign total of $5.4 million is the largest amount contributed in MCI's history, and includes the first $1-million-dollar pledge in the School's history, made by an anonymous donor.

"We are excited to be a part of the Founders Campaign and support MCI's critical work in academics, the arts, athletics, and the future of the school with their endowment" says Dan Thornton, Maine Market President for People's United Bank. "MCI is a school that provides academic excellence, character development, leadership and opportunity for those attending. People's United Bank is pleased to be a part of the future of the kids attending MCI."

The Campaign supports four distinct areas – academics, the arts, athletics and endowment. Funds will support major renovations in Founders Hall, the original building on MCI's campus, and MCI's endowment. Campaign contributions have already been expended to construct three new multipurpose athletic fields on campus, and on the transformation of 58-year old JR Cianchette Hall to create a Visual and Performing Arts Education Center, the new home of all MCI arts programs – music, drama, Bossov Ballet Theatre, and fine arts.

Norbert W. Young, Jr., President of the Board of Trustees and MCI Class of 1966 said, "The generosity of donors like People's United Bank and our 301 other contributors makes MCI stronger. Since August 2016, alumni and friends have given $1.7 million to this historic campaign. The Founders Campaign represents the promise the Board of Trustees made to MCI's future. We look forward to keeping that promise." Young added.

To support the Founders Campaign, visit, or mail a check payable to MCI/Founders Campaign, Office of Institutional Advancement, 295 Main Street, Pittsfield, ME 04967-4502. For more information on naming opportunities, call (207) 487-5915 or email

About People's United Bank

People's United Bank is a subsidiary of People's United Financial, Inc., a diversified financial services company with over $43 billion in assets. People's United Bank, founded in 1842, is a premier, community-based, regional bank in the Northeast offering commercial and retail banking, as well as wealth management and 401K Services. People's United Bank proudly serves the State of Maine with 27 locations and over 200 employees. Additionally, People's United Community Foundation has supported over 150 nonprofit organizations across the state, focusing on community development, youth development, and affordable housing.

About MCI

MCI ( is the secondary school for the towns of Pittsfield, Burnham and Detroit. MCI enrollment includes day students from 14 Maine communities; boarding students from six states and 18 countries. MCI offers accelerated and advanced placement courses in all subjects as well as 18 sports teams and over 40 campus organizations. The school is known for its award-winning arts programs, including visual, vocal, band, drama, and the world-class Bossov Ballet Theatre, a performing company and international pre-professional ballet school with instruction by former and current members of the Moscow Ballet. The school's sports programming is also strong. During the 2016-2017 school year, its football team won the Class D State Championship, and MCI's field hockey team has won three straight North Regional Championships.


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