Bar Harbor Bank & Trust Donates $4,000 to Blue Hill YMCA to Support Youth Development Programs at New Gymnasium

Blue Hill, Maine (January 17, 2023) - Bar Harbor Bank & Trust has donated $4,000 to the Blue Hill YMCA, a branch of the Down East Family YMCA, to support youth development programs and expand public recreational use of the new Tradewinds Gymnasium scheduled to open later this winter in Blue Hill, Maine. The new full-size gymnasium features a high school size basketball court, second floor walking track, youth batting cages, and program spaces for classes.

“We are pleased to support the Blue Hill YMCA, an iconic organization that provides a much-needed space for the community to gather and participate in activities that promote a healthy spirit, mind, and body,” said Rebecca Emerson, VP Branch Relationship Manager at Bar Harbor Bank & Trust. “The Tradewinds Gym is a welcome addition to the YMCA’s offerings, and we are grateful for the opportunity to help them maximize the resources available there.”

Funded by Chuck and Belinda Lawrence, the Tradewinds Gymnasium construction project included the installation of permanent, full-court basketball hoops. Using the donation from Bar Harbor Bank & Trust, the Blue Hill YMCA will add a portable basketball hoop to the gymnasium to help maximize court usage so that multiple practices and games can occur at the same time. The hoop will be used for the Blue Hill YMCA’s youth development programs and also made available for public recreational use.

“We are excited for the opening of the new gymnasium and the many opportunities it will provide for citizens in the Blue Hill Peninsula,” said Peter Farragher, Chief Executive Officer at Down East Family YMCA. “We are thrilled to have Bar Harbor Bank & Trust as a partner in providing healthy activities to all ages and grateful for their contribution to our efforts.”

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Bar Harbor Bankshares (NYSE American: BHB) is the parent company of its wholly owned subsidiary, Bar Harbor Bank & Trust. Operating over 50 locations across Maine, New Hampshire and Vermont, Bar Harbor Bank & Trust is headquartered in Bar Harbor, Maine and has more than $3.6 billion in assets. As a leading Northern New England community bank, Bar Harbor Bank & Trust offers a full range of personal and business banking services, as well as wealth management services through its subsidiary Bar Harbor Wealth Management. For more information about Bar Harbor Bank & Trust, visit or call 888-853-7100. Member FDIC.


BHBT makes donation to Blue Hill YMCAFrom left to right: Lisa Veazie, Senior Vice President Regional Market Manager at Bar Harbor Bank & Trust; Rebecca Emerson, Vice President Branch Relationship Manager at Bar Harbor Bank & Trust; Peter Farragher, Chief Executive Officer at Down East Family YMCA; and Zach Ames, Senior Programs Director of Youth Sports & Recreation at Down East Family YMCA.