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MCI Receives $10,000 Bangor Savings Bank Foundation Grant
Posted 11/15/2017 03:45PM

Robin Chase, (center), Bangor Savings Bank Assistant Vice President / Pittsfield and Unity Branch Manager, presented a check for $10,000 to MCI's Founders Campaign from the Bangor Savings Bank Foundation to Christopher J. Hopkins, MCI Headmaster. Joining Chase and Hopkins are Bossov Ballet Theatre students and Natalya Getman (left), Artistic Director. (Photo by Joe Roberts, MCI)

PITTSFIELD, ME - Maine Central Institute (MCI) Headmaster Christopher J. Hopkins announced the School has received a $10,000 grant from the Bangor Savings Bank Foundation for the Founders Campaign at a check presentation on the Pittsfield campus with Robin Chase, Bangor Savings Bank Assistant Vice President.

"We deeply appreciate the generous support of the Bangor Savings Bank Foundation," Hopkins said in accepting the check. "This grant is a wonderful endorsement of our efforts on behalf of current MCI students and the generations of students to follow."

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, 303 donors have contributed $5,445,905 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.

"This gift from our Foundation to MCI's Founders Campaign signifies our commitment to education in our state. We are proud to join the other generous donors in this campaign to strengthen the school's academics, arts, and athletic programming for students of today and for future generations," said Carol Colson, Senior Vice President and Director of Marketing and Community Relations.

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 MCI Board of Trustees made a promise to the School's future, and this grant from Bangor Savings Bank Foundation brings us one step closer to fulfilling that promise. My fellow board members, alumni, friends, and everyone at MCI are grateful to the Foundation for their support," 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 Bangor Savings Bank

Bangor Savings Bank, with more than $3.7 billion in assets, offers retail banking to consumers as well as comprehensive commercial, corporate, payroll administration, merchant services, and small business banking services to businesses. The Bank, founded in 1852, is in its 166th year, with 55 branches and online at The Bangor Savings Bank Foundation was created in 1997. In 2016, the Bank and its Foundation invested $1.7 million into Maine's communities in the form of nonprofit sponsorships, grants and partnership initiatives.

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. In 2017, MCI's football team won its fourth straight regional championship and MCI's field hockey team won the Class B State Championship.

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