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Jim Rollo, President, Jim Rollo Insurance and Financial Services, Inc. announced a gift to the American Civic Association.  Mr. Rollo teamed up with Trinity Memorial Episcopal Church and Jean Levenson, President Sentry Alarms to provide a gift to enhance the premises security system.  “I felt an inspiration to contact the American Civic Association and ask about potential projects they may need help with”, Rollo says.  “My wife, Adriana and I met with Executive Director, Mayra Garcia.  When Mayra explained the need for an updated premises security system, Adriana and I both felt this was the project for us.”  Rollo continues, “The American Civic Association has been serving our community for nearly 80 years.  Adriana studied English at American Civic Association. When the April 3, 2009 tragedy occurred, one of our close personal friends was a fortunate survivor.”

Trinity Memorial Episcopal Church had a similar desire to help their neighbor and to support immigrants in their assimilation efforts.  Through the "Trinity Community Fund", the Mission and Ministry Commission approved a grant to help with funding of the security system.  Deena Dement, who serves on the Commission stated “The mission statement of the Mission and Ministry Commission is to encourage Trinity Memorial Church to serve as the hands of the body of Christ in our community.  Our goal is to support local organizations in their efforts to address needs in the community.  After meeting with Mayra, we felt we needed to help with this project.  As the 10 year anniversary of the tragedy approaches, it is good timing.”  The Rev. Glenn Mahaffey serves as priest at the church.

Jean Levenson, President of Sentry Alarms says “We are delighted to make this additional gift to the American Civic Association, which is a significant local organization. My entire company was shaken by events of April 3, 2009.  We helped them then and are honored to be of further service to the American Civic Association at this time.  We applaud the teamwork of our three organizations coming together to meet this need.”

Mayra Garcia said it’s been a work in progress to get an enhanced security system in place since she became the director of the American Civic Association three years ago.  “The past history of the association makes security vital to helping the community we serve feel safe coming in for services.”  This year the center will serve between 1500-1800 people.  On any given day, there are an average of 80 students between English as a Second Language (ESL) and GED classes.  Mayra added, “On behalf of myself, the Board of Directors and staff, we would like to say thank you to Jim Rollo State Farm Agency, Trinity Memorial Episcopal Church and Jean Levenson, Sentry Alarms for help getting the system installed.  This team came through for us when grants fell through. We are very thankful!”

An official check presentation ceremony is set for Tuesday, June 26, 2018 at 12:00PM at The American Civic Association located at 131 Front St, Binghamton, NY 13905

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