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Local Kids Win Again with Fidelity Bank Teddy Bear Toss at the Worcester Railers Game

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Local Kids Win Again with Fidelity Bank Teddy Bear Toss at the Worcester Railers Game
Railers game benefits Friendly House, the Shine Initiative
(Leominster, Mass.) It was raining Teddy Bears on December 9 at the DCU Center in Worcester as Fidelity Bank once again proudly presented this year’s Teddy Bear Toss at the Worcester Railers game, benefiting Friendly House and the Shine Initiative
Although the Worcester Railers fell short, losing 3-2 in an overtime shootout, local area children were the real winners with over 1,500 bears and other stuffed toys tossed onto the ice after the hometown team scored their first goal of the game, a rebound tap-in from Forward Keeghan Howdeshell during the first period.
“We’ve presented the Teddy Bear Toss Game for a number of years with the Worcester Railers, resulting in thousands of stuffed animals being donated to provide joy and comfort to children in our communities,” said Ed Manzi, Jr., chairman and CEO, Fidelity Bank. “We are grateful to the Worcester Railers for their collaboration to support Friendly House and the Shine Initiative, together raising awareness of important youth and mental health services.”

Leading up to the game, Fidelity Bank also collected stuffed animals at its Front Street and Shrewsbury Street Worcester banking centers, with each donor receiving tickets to the game as an expression of gratitude. Worcester Railers players also wore specialty-themed jerseys which will be auctioned to benefit the Shine Initiative to support youth mental health programs.  
“We are so appreciative of our partnership with Fidelity Bank, enabling us to have another successful Teddy Bear Toss game,” said JT Hennigan, manager of corporate sponsorships, Worcester Railers HC. “The kids were the real winners tonight.”
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About Fidelity Bank:
Founded in 1888, Fidelity Bank is one of the strongest independent community banks in Central and Eastern Massachusetts. Celebrating its 20-year anniversary as the brand promise to the community, Fidelity Bank’s unique LifeDesign approach to banking provides the care and clarity needed to make informed decisions with confidence. The Bank offers a range of personal and business banking solutions to clients in 13 full-service banking centers in Leominster, Worcester, Fitchburg, Needham, Gardner, Shirley, Barre, Millbury, Paxton, Princeton, and Winchendon. The Bank has consistently earned a “5 Star” rating from BauerFinancial, Inc., the nation’s leading independent bank rating and research firm. Fidelity Bank was the only bank in Central and Western Massachusetts recognized as one of Forbes “America’s Best Banks in Each State 2022,” in addition to being voted Worcester Telegram & Gazette Best Financial Services in Central Massachusetts and placing on the Boston Globe’s Top Places to Work list six times. As of June 30, 2023, the bank had total assets of approximately $1.4 billion. For more information, visit

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