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Santander and New England Revolution Extend Sponsorship

As the Official Bank of the New England Revolution, Santander will continue
to support the team’s initiatives and connect with its passionate fan base

Boston, MA Santander Bank and Major League Soccer’s (MLS) New England Revolution today announced an extension to their multi-year sponsorship, ensuring that Santander will continue to serve as the Official Bank of the MLS club.

The Bank’s sponsorship, which began in 2012, is focused on engaging the Revs community through on-site game day programs, on-field advertising, community clinics and community and youth programming. During the course of their partnership, the organizations have worked cohesively to expand their reach and engagement in the community and will continue to do so in 2017, building upon hallmark programs and introducing new offerings. Terms of the deal were not disclosed.

“The New England Revolution is a leading MLS club and we are proud to continue our sponsorship with this fantastic team,” said Maria Veltre, Chief Product, Marketing and Online Officer at Santander Bank. “The Revs consistently attract top talent and have grown a wildly passionate fan base that provides us with unique opportunities to engage and enrich the communities we serve. We’re looking forward to making our sixth year as the Official Bank of the New England Revolution the best one yet.”

During the 2017 season, Santander will continue to work with the New England Revolution to create meaningful campaigns and unique events, offering Revs fans once-in-a-lifetime opportunities. One of their leading initiatives is the Santander Soccer Scholars program, which will return in 2017 for its fourth consecutive year. The program allows parents to nominate students for a chance to be recognized for their academic and athletic achievements. Soccer Scholars winners receive a donation towards their educational future and a VIP match day experience for the whole family. Working alongside the Revolution, Santander will continue to show its support for education and to highlight the importance of working hard in the classroom and on the field. The 2017 Soccer Scholars Program is anticipated to launch in July. Please watch revolutionsoccer.net for more information.

“We continue to align ourselves with innovative partners that are leaders in their industries, and we’re proud to extend our partnership with Santander,” said Brian Bilello, president of the New England Revolution. “Santander continues to be a great partner not only for the team, but also for the community of families who support the Revs.”

The next Revolution home game will take place at Gillette Stadium on May 13 versus Real Salt Lake.

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About Santander Bank
Santander Bank, N.A. is one of the country’s largest retail and commercial banks with more than $83 billion in assets. With its corporate offices in Boston, the Bank’s 9,500 employees, 675 branches, 2,100 ATMs and 2.1 million customers are principally located in Massachusetts, New Hampshire, Connecticut, Rhode Island, New York, New Jersey, Pennsylvania and Delaware. The Bank is a wholly-owned subsidiary of Madrid-based Banco Santander, S.A. (NYSE: SAN) – one of the most respected banking groups in the world with more than 125 million customers in the U.S., Europe, and Latin America. It is managed by Santander Holdings USA, Inc., Banco Santander’s intermediate holding company in the U.S. For more information on Santander Bank, please visit www.santanderbank.com.

About the New England Revolution
The New England Revolution is one of Major League Soccer’s original clubs, having competed in the league’s inaugural season of 1996. The Revolution are owned and operated by the Kraft Family, which also owns and operates the New England Patriots of the National Football League, and Gillette Stadium. Commonly known as the Revs, the club has won the Eastern Conference Championship five times – including three straight from 2005 to 2007 – while advancing to the Eastern Conference Championship an MLS-record six straight years from 2002 until 2007. The Revolution, who won the 2007 U.S. Open Cup and the 2008 SuperLiga titles, are based in Foxborough, Massachusetts and play their home games at Gillette Stadium. For more information about the Revolution, please visit the club’s official website www.revolutionsoccer.net or interact with the Revs on their various social media platforms by using the hashtag #NERevs: Twitter (@NERevolution), Facebook (NERevolution), Goggle+ (+NERevolution), Instagram (NERevolution), Vine (NERevolution), Pinterest (NERevolution) or YouTube (NERevolutionSoccer).

Media Contact
Sarah Rich, Elevate Communications:401-525-1266, srich@elevatecom.com

Rockland Trust Company and Boston Globe Launch Innovative Program for Businesses

Multi-platform campaign will educate local businesses through written content and events

Boston, MA  – The Boston Globe and Rockland Trust Company today announced their launch of a first-in-its-kind program offering educational resources for businesses.

The 18-month, multi-platform campaign features Rockland Trust-sponsored content designed to educate businesses on how to successfully run, grow, and overcome the challenges that arise as they expand. The program, which also includes Rockland Trust’s sponsorship of the popular “Talking Points” column in the Globe’s Business section, will feature several events where business leaders can share valuable advice, exchange ideas, and network. The written component will be authored by Boston Globe Media’s new content services business unit and be part of a comprehensive digital advertising campaign on BostonGlobe.com.

“As a commercial bank devoted to serving business needs, Rockland Trust is always looking for new ways to provide value for the business community,” said Christopher Oddleifson, President and Chief Executive Officer of Rockland Trust. “We are excited to work with The Boston Globe to provide insightful articles and events in an innovative way that helps businesses get easy access to the answers they need to the questions they face every day.”

“The Boston Globe continues to innovate and develop new marketing and sponsorship products and solutions that deliver value to our advertising partners,” said Tim Marken, Chief Growth Officer at The Boston Globe. “By blending traditional print advertising, outdoor and events with new sponsored content and digital advertising programs, Rockland Trust is able to leverage the full capabilities of the Globe’s platform and initiate meaningful dialogue with local small and medium-sized business owners to help them achieve their goals.”

As part of the program, Rockland Trust and The Boston Globe will host The Boston Globe’s Talking Points Event Series presented by Rockland Trust beginning in January 2016. The business networking event series will feature local experts, innovators, and thought leaders who will address the challenges and opportunities that businesses face today. There will be six events held throughout the 18-month program, the first of which will be accessible to the public through video on the Globe and Rockland Trust’s digital platforms.

The sponsorship initiative also includes unique advertising to kick off the program, featuring Rockland Trust-branded Globe delivery truck wraps, poly bags, and honor boxes. In addition, new Globe readers signing up for a digital subscription receive a two-week free trial of BostonGlobe.com courtesy of Rockland Trust. For the latest program news and information, follow us on social media on Facebook, Twitter, or LinkedIn.

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About Boston Globe Media Partners, LLC
Boston Globe Media Partners, LLC provides news and information, entertainment, opinion, and analysis through its multimedia properties. BGMP includes the Boston Globe, BostonGlobe.com, Boston.com, Cruxnow.com, BetaBoston.com, and Globe Direct.

About Rockland Trust
Independent Bank Corp. has approximately $7.1 billion in assets and is the holding company for Rockland Trust Company, a full-service commercial bank headquartered in Massachusetts. Rockland Trust offers a wide range of banking, investment, and insurance services to businesses and individuals through retail branches, commercial lending offices, investment management offices, and residential lending centers in Eastern Massachusetts and Rhode Island as well as through telephone banking, mobile banking, and the Internet. Rockland Trust is an FDIC member and an Equal Housing Lender. To learn why Rockland Trust is the bank “Where Each Relationship Matters®,” please visit www.rocklandtrust.com.

Media Contacts
Ellen Molle, Rockland Trust: 617-922-5952 (Mobile), 781-982-6537 (Office), ellen.molle@rocklandtrust.com.com
John Gates, Elevate Communications: 617-861-3651, jgates@elevatecom.com