Connecticut Banker Honored with George Bailey Award

The American Bankers Association Foundation announced today that the fifth annual George Bailey Distinguished Service Award will be awarded to Kathy Luria, SVP for community affairs and philanthropy at Webster Bank in Waterbury, Conn., for her efforts to expand and enhance the bank’s community and philanthropic engagement. The Bailey Award is presented to an individual banker demonstrating outstanding initiative, effectiveness and inspiration to others.

Since joining Webster in 2006, Luria has expanded the bank’s community partnerships and philanthropic work. Her many accomplishments include raising nearly $17 million for the United Way, establishing a relationship with Junior Achievement to bring financial literacy lessons to students across the bank’s footprint and developing Webster’s Food Security Initiative: Feeding our Regional Food Banks, which provides grants for a food-based job training program and a summer food backpack program for school children.

“Since our founding in 1935, Webster has been a values-guided, community-minded bank. Our bankers demonstrate this throughout our everyday interactions in the communities we serve,” said Webster Bank President and CEO John R. Ciulla. “We are honored to receive this prestigious award on behalf of our 3,400 bankers and congratulate Kathy on this well-deserved recognition.”