KENNEBUNK, ME – How do you throw a party in a pandemic? “Well, first of all, you individually wrap everything,” says Jenn Straetz, PR and Events Administrator for Kennebunk Savings. Bank employees are celebrating 150 years in business with individual, week-long branch celebrations kicking off now in the Kennebunks, where the bank first opened in 1871. The festivities will continue all summer long, travelling throughout southern Maine and seacoast New Hampshire at all seventeen of the bank’s branch locations.

“A century and a half is a long time,” said Bradford C. Paige, the bank’s President and CEO. “But it’s not a testament to our success so much as it is a testament to the vibrant communities we call home. It is our people – our customers, and our incredible employees – that keep the lights on around here.”

The branch celebrations will include giveaways and prizes for customers, special treats for employees and appearances by the bank’s beloved mascot, Kenny Bear.

“I grew up with the bank,” said Mark Ross, Vice President, Retail Experience Manager. “My father started working here when I was three years old, so the bank feels like family to me. It always amazes me how many people have a story or personal tie to the bank similar to mine, and it’s that relationship that makes the 150th anniversary even more fun for our communities to celebrate.”

About Kennebunk Savings

With assets of $1.25 billion, Kennebunk Savings is a mutually owned, Maine-chartered community banking institution headquartered in Kennebunk, Maine operating 17 branch offices in York County, Maine and seacoast New Hampshire. Kennebunk Savings contributes 10% of its after-tax earnings back to the nonprofit community each year through its Community Promise program. The total commitment of that program has meant nearly $14 million for nonprofits in the community since 1994.