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Community Bank-sponsored Summer Classic brings hometown hero Matthews to Glenmaura

MOOSIC – It was a great day for golf and the community at Glenmaura National Golf Club as the Community Bank Sponsored Summer Classic got underway, featuring sponsored, Pittston Area graduate and PGA Tour Professional, Brandon Matthews.

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After an exciting day on the greens, people gathered on the patio overlooking the beautiful Glenmaura property to drink, eat and give Community Bank the chance to show its customers how much they are appreciated.

As Community Bank CEO Mark Tryniski said to the assembled crowd: “We’re not in the banking business. We’re in people’s business,” and that was reflected in the warm applause and laughter generated during his time on the microphone, particularly when he remarked that he had beaten Matthews on the green.

Tryniski noted that Newsweek magazine recently named Community Bank the sixth most trusted bank in the country, and Glenmaura’s turnout is proof of that. “To all of our customers who are here, thank you for your confidence in us,” Tryniski said.

He also thanked Barbara A. Maculloch, Regional President of Community Bank here at NEPA. “Five years ago Barb became president,” he said, “And I’ll tell you five years ago we didn’t have the organization in northeast Pennsylvania that we have now.” Tryniski attributed this growth to Maculloch’s passion, leadership and values ​​that she instilled in the “great people” who make up the community bank in that region.

Maculloch herself also pointed to customer appreciation as a reason to celebrate, as well as the partnership with Matthews.

“We really appreciate our customers and want to show them. And Brandon helped us put that together today,” she said. “We are so proud to be able to sponsor him because he is local and from our home. And he’s so sincere and down to earth. He was a doll to everyone and made every person feel so special there,” she noted, speaking during Matthews’ day with attendees and clients.

Maculloch also paid tribute to the late Rich Read, commercial banking team leader for Community Bank, who died suddenly exactly a month ago at just 35. Maculloch called him an “incredible person” and said, “I know he’s here and I know he’s watching us.” Read’s wife Christine was present and offered a wave through her tears as all took a moment to remember the man.

Matthews was humble and brief as he took the mic before the awards show, as the longest male and female drive.

“I wanted to thank Community Bank and everyone here and just NEPA in general. The support has been nothing short of spectacular. Every time I come back, I feel lucky to be from here,” said the young professional. Matthews noted that sponsorship with Community Bank was an easy decision as he felt they held the same values ​​he was raised with. “It was a really special day and thank you all for coming out to support us. I look forward to a lot more of this in the future.

Charity was also on the menu, albeit spontaneously, as a sort of “Beat the Pro” challenge appeared on a hole where people could bet and try to beat Matthews. Maculloch noted that approximately $3,000 was raised, which will go towards Matthews’ philanthropic efforts.

Community Bank is currently completing a new location near Mohegan Sun Arena in Wilkes-Barre Township. The project is expected to be completed in September and Matthews will be present for the opening ceremonies.

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MORE COVERAGE

Coming to Sunday’s Times Leader, Roger DuPuis speaks with Community Bank Regional President Barbara A. Maculloch about the bank’s sponsorship of Brandon Matthews, as well as his progress and plans in our region; while Kevin Carroll will go deep with Matthews.

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