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Community Bank Duo Volunteers at Empire State Winter Games

Lori Loffler and Kent Backus recently represented their respective communities at the 2018 Empire State Winter Games in Lake Placid, NY. While they weren’t there as athletes, they were giving their best effort to make the event a success.

Instead, Loffler and Backus—each a member of the Community Bank team—volunteered at the games, giving of their time and energy to support a one-of-a-kind event.

“Volunteering is one of the most rewarding things to do,” Loffler says. “Celebrating our athletes is important—they deserve our support as they work so hard for this!”

Backus, who lives in Heuvelton, NY, has been with Community Bank for 11 years, while Loffler, from Massena, NY, has enjoyed an 18-year career. This was their first year volunteering at the Games, and they worked together at the registration table on Thursday and Friday.

“I love sports and being around athletes and wanted to support the bank and our local communities,” says Backus, who grow up playing multiple sports, including hockey and skiing. “The event promotes sports, exercise and teamwork. It’s great being around the athletes and people just having fun. Everybody is just so upbeat!

Backus says his favorite event at the games is downhill skiing. Loffler’s favorite part is seeing all the teamwork on display at the Empire State Winter Games that creates a positive experience for the athletes, spectators and volunteers alike.

“To be successful, events like this need people behind them, and I am proud to be one of those people,” Loffer says.

“First of all, there is sense of self-satisfaction in doing something for others and not expecting anything in return. We also get a chance to appreciate the beauty of our region,” Backus says. “It’s great to support your community … we have a lot to offer and to be proud of.”

Community Bank was the title sponsor of the Empire State Winter Games for the second consecutive year and has supported the event since 2015. The Games bring more than 2,500 athletes each year and generate roughly $3.5 million in economic impact. For more information, go to


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