FRAMINGHAM – Mark R. Haranas, president and CEO of MutualOne Bank and chairof the MutualOne Charitable Foundation, announced a $12,000 grant to the Framingham Police Association to support the City’s efforts to upgrade the Veterans Memorial Park located at the Musterfield on Concord Street.
“The Veterans Memorial was last updated in 1985,” said Framingham Police Lt. Robert Downing. “Since then, there has been a generation of Veterans who have defended this country and deserve the recognition on this memorial alongside those who served before them.”
The upgrades to the Park will include cleaning the memorial by famed American Sculptor Emilius R. Ciampa erected in 1952 and associated plaques, add additional plaques to honor conflicts after Vietnam, install flag poles for each branch of the military, repair walkways and other surfaces to bring them into compliance with ADA requirements, and add signage and story boards to document the history of Framingham’s veterans.
“It is important that we recognize and remember the sacrifices made by others for our freedom,” said Haranas. “The Veterans Memorial Park is a fitting tribute, and we are proud to support this effort.”
The $12,000 grant was among awards totaling $91,500 in the Foundation’s most recent round of funding.
Established in 1998 as the philanthropic arm of MutualOne Bank, the MutualOne Charitable Foundation has since donated over $5.1 million to charitable, educational, and civic initiatives that improve and enrich the quality of life in Framingham, Natick, and surrounding communities.
MutualOne Bank, which operates under an 1889 state charter, has full-service offices at 828 Concord Street and One Lincoln Street in Framingham and at 49 Main Street in Natick, a Commercial Loan Center at 160 Cochituate Road in Framingham, and a Residential Loan Center at 49 Main Street in Natick.
PHOTO: Celebrating MutualOne Bank’s Charitable Foundation grant to the Veterans Park Revitalization Project are Yves Munyankindi, MutualOne Bank retail support/foundation administrator; Richard Finlay, chair of the Disability Commission; Mark Haranas, chairman of the MutualOne Charitable Foundation and MutualOne Bank president & CEO; Phil Ottaviani, Jr., District 6 City Councilor; Lieutenant Robert Downing of the Framingham Police Department; and James Snyder, director of Framingham Parks & Recreation.