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BNB and Long Island Head Start Begin a Partnership

June 25, 2014

Kevin O'Connor, President and CEO of Bridgehampton National Bank (BNB) presented a check to Long Island Head Start's Chief Executive Officer, Debrah Garcia, as the beginning of a corporate partnership, which in addition to a financial contribution, will include an in-kind donation of volunteer hours to assist Head Start in its efforts to offer financial literacy to its families. The program, which will be developed over the summer for a fall kick off, will include BNB staff from its 26 branch network across Long Island.

"Long Island Head Start makes a vital contribution to our community," noted O'Connor. "There are few things as important as providing children with a strong educational foundation. We are very excited to support Head Start in both its work with children and the financial literacy of their families. As a community bank, this is a place where we can have a tangible impact."

Chief Executive Officer of Long Island Head Start, Debrah Garcia stated "We are overwhelmingly grateful that Bridgehampton National Bank has decided to partner with Long Island Head Start. The support of the community is essential to achieving our mission of building a stronger Long Island for years to come."

Long Island Head Start is a not-for-profit organization dedicated to the cause of helping at-risk children and families in Suffolk County. Every year, LIHS provides critical services to over 2,000 children and families in 22 NYS licensed centers promoting school readiness by enhancing their cognitive and social/emotional development. Children who attend Head Start participate in a variety of activities following a preschool curriculum. Head Start children also receive free medical and dental care, nutritious meals and snacks, and enjoy playing indoors and outdoors in a safe setting. The mission of LIHS is to provide a comprehensive learning environment to children respectful of their cultures, and to assist families in reaching self-sufficiency through the combined efforts of parents, community, and staff.

BNB provides commercial banking services throughout Long Island, and is rated one of the top Community Banks in the country. The Bank has a long history of strong results and a reputation for working as partners with local businesses to help them succeed. BNB also has a rich tradition of involvement in the local community, supporting programs and initiatives that promote local business, the environment, education, healthcare, social services and the arts.

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LIHS Board Member Martha Parry, Southampton HS Pre-K Class, Kevin O'Connor, President and CEO of BNB presenting the check to Debrah Garcia, Chief Executive Officer of Long Island Head Start.