Enhanced Hall of Fame programming will be featured during the April school vacation week; visitors with a Florence Bank debit card will receive 50% off the entrance price
SPRINGFIELD, Mass. (WWLP) – Florence Bank has donated $100,000 to the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame to support its phased renovation.
According to a press release sent to 22News by Florence Bank, the $100,000 has arrived in phases over the past five years, with the last donation of $20,000 having been made recently.
The Basketball Hall of Fame’s $23 million renovation project was announced in 2017, which included two phases. It started in 2018 and then again in 2020. The new design features a theater showcasing the history of basketball, an interactive hall of honor to research backgrounds, and new digital exhibits, including a new LED screen from 40 feet on center court.
Hall of Fame visitors using a Florence Bank debit card will receive 50% off admission between April 18 and 22. The Hall of Fame is open daily from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
“We want to do our best to make sure we take care of the community. That’s one of the goals we’ve had working with Florence Bank, and we’re trying to amplify that,” said Hall of Fame President and CEO John Doleva. He added: “Florence Bank’s partnership with the Hall of Fame has been instrumental in getting us to where we are today.
“What makes the Basketball Hall of Fame special is that it is a global brand, recognized around the world, with visitors from China and Australia. Yet we have strong partners here in the community,” said Michael Pietrzak, Director of Partnerships “Our relationship with Florence Bank is at the top of the list.”
“Florence Bank was founded on the principle of neighbors helping neighbors together,” said Kevin Day, President and CEO of Florence Bank. “The Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame is one of our neighbors and an economic engine in our community. If you haven’t visited since it reopened, I encourage you to stop by and use your Florence Bank debit card to take advantage of discounted admission.”