Bar Harbor Bank & Trust Makes $12,500 Donation to Mount Desert Island YMCA to Celebrate Organization’s 125th Anniversary

Bar Harbor, Maine (July 2, 2024) - Bar Harbor Bank & Trust has donated $12,500 to Mount Desert Island YMCA in honor of the nonprofit organization’s 125th anniversary. The Bank’s donation will be applied toward MDI YMCA’s anniversary campaign to raise $125,000 to support numerous health and wellness programs offered by the organization to residents of Mount Desert Island and surrounding islands. MDI YMCA is also hosting a 125th Anniversary Celebration in Bar Harbor, Maine, on July 11.

MDI YMCA opened its doors to the public in 1899, less than a quarter mile away from a then 12-year-old Bar Harbor Bank & Trust. The two organizations have partnered on countless community initiatives over the decades to build a healthy, more vibrant community.

“Bar Harbor Bank & Trust has had a long-standing friendship and partnership with MDI YMCA, and we have witnessed firsthand the impact they have on our community,” said Curtis C. Simard, President and CEO of Bar Harbor Bank & Trust. “We are excited to celebrate this milestone anniversary with MDI YMCA and honored to make a contribution that will support the outstanding services they provide to our neighbors.”

The money raised from the anniversary campaign will be used to support a number of MDI YMCA initiatives including The MacLeod Fund “Swim MDIY at Age 5” endowment, aquatics classes, lifeguard training, after-school programs, adult exercise programs, and more. In addition, the money will help fund scholarships for swim programs and summer day camp for children from low- to moderate-income families.

“We’re grateful for Bar Harbor Bank & Trust’s donation and long-term partnership, which supports our entire island community by helping to ensure that no one is turned away from the Y’s programs due to an inability to pay,” said Ann Tikkanen, CEO of the Mount Desert Island YMCA. “This anniversary milestone, we’re proud to celebrate 125 years of serving our working families, children, adults and seniors—community members in need of childcare, health and wellness resources, and so much more, all of which contributes to a healthier and more connected island for everyone."

Visit to learn more about MDI YMCA’s 125th Anniversary Celebration.

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 $4 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 employees present a donation to Mount Desert Island YMCABar Harbor Bank & Trust presents a donation to Mount Desert Island YMCA. Pictured from left to right: Cody Farrell, Branch Relationship Manager at Bar Harbor Bank & Trust; Steve Gurin, SVP Director of Community Banking at Bar Harbor Bank & Trust; Aaron Small, VP Mortgage Loan Originator at Bar Harbor Bank & Trust; Melanie Bowden, VP Senior Wealth Manager at Bar Harbor Wealth Management; Ann Tikkanen, CEO of Mount Desert Island YMCA; and Scott Hammond, Board Secretary of Mount Desert Island YMCA.