Hundreds of area children and families in need will be able to visit The Maritime Aquarium at Norwalk, thanks to a $12,000 grant by Bankwell to the Aquarium’s Children’s Opportunity Fund.
The Children's Opportunity Fund is a restricted fund that ensures The Maritime Aquarium is available to everyone, regardless of their ability to pay. The Aquarium works with social-service agencies in the area to identify underserved youth and families who could benefit from the educational and entertaining aspects of the Aquarium, as well as the “safe-space” it provides.
“We are grateful for Bankwell’s continuing support, and especially appreciate their enabling access to the Aquarium by so many children and families who otherside would not be able to afford it,” said Alicia Wettenstein, director of development for The Maritime Aquarium.
Bankwell also sponsors the IMAX® movies “National Parks Adventure,” currently showing daily at The Maritime Aquarium, and “Dream Big,” the first STEM-focused IMAX movie, opening daily Feb. 17.
“As part of Bankwell’s ongoing commitment to provide value to the community, we are very pleased to support the Children’s Opportunity Fun,” said David Dineen, Bankwell’s Head of Community Banking. “The enrichment opportunities that The Maritime Aquarium delivers to underserved youth and families inspire an appreciation of the Long Island Sound ecosystem and the global environment through its unique exhibits, educational and entertainment programs.”
Bankwell is a commercial bank with nine branches and a loan production office that serve the personal and business banking and lending needs of customers throughout Fairfield and New Haven counties. Bankwell was founded on the principles of providing an exceptional banking experience to its customers – and adding value to the communities it serves. Learn more at www.mybankwell.com.
Get more details about exhibits, IMAX movies, programs and other offerings at The Maritime Aquarium this winter at www.maritimeaquarium.org.