Photographed (L-R): Donna Blanchard, Executive Director of Apple Tree Arts, Kathy Vandenengel, Business Director of Apple Tree Arts, and Anjali Paranjape, Vice President and Area Relationship Branch Manager of UniBank’s Grafton and Sutton branch locations. Ms. Paranjape also serves as a Board Member for Apple Tree Arts.

$3,500 Donated to Apple Tree Arts

UniBank recently announced that a donation in the amount of $3,500 was made to Apple Tree Arts located in Grafton. The donation supports the theatre arts programs that are continuously growing, particularly in the summer months. Students from Grafton, Whitinsville, Douglas, Shrewsbury, Millbury, Sutton, Upton, Uxbridge and other surrounding towns come to Apple Tree Arts to participate in program offerings throughout the year.

“We are proud to offer continued support to Apple Tree Arts with this donation,” stated Sam S. Pepper, Jr., UniBank President and CEO. “Our communities are enriched through the arts and programs such as these. I commend the important work being done by Apple Tree Arts to offer such beneficial programming that helps students grow through artistic expression.”

The yearlong programming at Apple Tree Arts includes 14 theatre arts productions for youth in grades 1-12. The organization also provides a creative dramatics program that explores and develops student skills in improvisation, storytelling, “on the fly thinking,” originality and creativity.

“UniBank’s support underlines the importance of partners in the community, helping to keep our mission and vision alive for many students year after year,” stated Donna Blanchard, Executive Director of Apple Tree Arts. “This donation is essential in maintaining and expanding our summer program offerings.”