On Tuesday, April 29th, First Niagara Bank is being honored by CDS Monarch as a generous community donor. Over the past few years First Niagara has donated more than $25,000 to The Wolf Foundation in support of CDS Monarch, with specific support directed to Warrior Salute™. Several employees of First Niagara have also made personal contributions over the past decade, in support of the CDS Monarch mission. A recognition luncheon is being held at 12:00pm at the Wolf Life Transitions Center (860 Hard Road, Webster) to thank First Niagara, represented by Suzanne Nasipak-Chapman (Market Executive), Vito Caraccio (First Vice President), and Steven Yantz (Vice President - Corporate Banking), for their kindness and generosity. Several individuals who receive assistance from CDS Monarch will also be in attendance, to highlight how the services they receive make a difference in their lives.

“At First Niagara, we believe strong communities are places where all citizens have opportunities to achieve their full potential,” said Suzanne Nasipak Chapman, First Niagara Rochester Market Executive.  “We are proud to partner with CDS Monarch, Warrior Salute and The Wolf Foundation and support the work they are doing to empower and energize our community.”

“All of us at CDS Monarch are truly appreciative of the kindness and generosity that First Niagara, has demonstrated over the past few years,” stated Sankar Sewnauth, CDS Monarch President/CEO. “An organization like ours relies on support from community partners in order to be able to continue offering the services that our brave men and women need when they return home. Through their contributions to Warrior Salute and CDS Monarch, First Niagara has been making a positive impact in lives of our Veterans and their families, as well as people with intellectual and developmental disabilities.”

First Niagara, through its wholly owned subsidiary, First Niagara Bank, N.A., is a multi-state community-oriented bank with approximately 420 branches, $38 billion in assets, $27 billion in deposits, and approximately 5,800 employees providing financial services to individuals, families and businesses across Upstate New York, Pennsylvania, Connecticut and Massachusetts. For more information, visit www.firstniagara.com.