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Sovereign Bank re-opens in Jackson Heights

To celebrate their re-opening, Sovereign Bank in Jackson Heights handed over checks to two local charities.
Woodside on the Move, which holds cultural events and offers housing assistance, youth and senior programs, and Wheelchair Charities, Inc. of Jackson Heights, which bought more motorized wheelchairs last year than any other group in the country, each received $2,000.
“Sovereign is proud to support the work of these two outstanding organizations as we renew our commitment to customers and community with this grand reopening ceremony,” said Nina Rock, Vice President and Community Reinvestment Officer.
Borough President Helen Marshall, State Senator John Sabini, and Angela Den Dekker from Congressmember Joseph Crowley’s office, attended.
Sabini said that the Sovereign’s decision to stay in their current location at 75-15 31st Avenue, was like the bank telling customers, “We’re betting our money on you.”
“I’m delighted that Sovereign not only stayed but invested their money and spruced up the shopping center,” Sabini said.
The Jackson Heights branch, which has been a bank for more than 50 years, recently underwent a major renovation and modernization.
“Our goal at Sovereign is to provide superior service to our customers and modernization of this location helps make it possible for us to do so,” said Terence Mitchell, Community Banking President of Sovereign’s Metro Division. “The Sovereign investment in Jackson Heights is also a reflection of our strong confidence in the continuing expansion of the economy in Queens.”
To celebrate the reopening, the bank held a free sidewalk fair, including arts and crafts, on Saturday, September 15.
Also on hand for the ribbon-cutting ceremony on Friday, September 14 were Sovereign representatives (left to right) Roland Jimenez, Bernadetta Leogrande, Patricia Kitsos, Alla Koulloumas, David Guzman, and Jacqueline Perez.

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