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Monday, December 23, 2013

Unveiling the Best of the Worst: Community Financial's Ugly Christmas Sweater Fundraiser

What has ornaments, garland, and tinsel all over but is not a Christmas tree?  We’re talking about the increasingly popular ugly holiday sweater.  Believe it or not, there’s a demand for the dreaded holiday sweater from grandma!
Websites like and are popping up all over the web as people hunt for that perfect ugly sweater to wear to themed parties and office holiday parties.  

We wanted to get in on the fun, so Community Financial had its first annual Ugly Christmas Sweater Contest & Fundraiser.  Team members submitted pictures of themselves wearing the ugliest Christmas sweater they could find.  “My mom was a bit offended when I shopped her closet for a sweater,” said Sue O’Connor, senior marketing representative, “but when I told her it was for a good cause, she let me borrow it."

Once the contestants were selected, Community Financial team members voted, at $1 per vote, for their favorite ugly sweater.  

It was a very close race but the votes went to team member Mary Kerwin.  The best part, we raised over $500 for the Community Financial Relay for Life team.  To end the contest, all team members were encouraged to wear their ugliest Christmas sweaters to work on Friday, December 20 for a holiday dress down day.

Congratulations to Mary and thank you everyone who paired money with their vote in support of the American Cancer Society’s Relay for Life.

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