Berkshire Bank Awards $12,000 to Exciting Rewind Mortgage Sweepstakes Winner

PITTSFIELD, MASS, April 10, 2015 – Berkshire Bank, America’s Most Exciting Bank® has announced that Gerard J. Nowlan of Boxford, Massachusetts won its Exciting Rewind Mortgage Sweepstakes with NESN, New England’s most watched sports network.  Nowlan and his wife, Linda, were awarded the grand prize of $12,000 by Mike Daly, Berkshire’s President and CEO, on April 4th during NESN’s hockey game broadcast to assist with their mortgage for a year.

Over 3,000 consumers entered the Berkshire Bank Exciting Rewind Mortgage Sweepstakes

At the beginning of the hockey season, Berkshire announced that as the official sponsor of Boston Bruins coverage on NESN, it would be partnering with the network on the Exciting Rewind Mortgage Sweepstakes.  Through this partnership, the Exciting Rewind Mortgage Sweepstakes was featured during every professional hockey game on NESN.  The network’s analyst Andy Brickley broke down game footage throughout the season during the Berkshire Bank Exciting Rewind segment to illustrate top plays.  Viewers were encouraged to watch each Berkshire Bank Exciting Rewind on and vote monthly for their favorite to be entered for a chance to win. 

“Winning the Exciting Rewind Mortgage Sweepstakes was a dream come true,” said winner and Berkshire Bank customer, Gerry Nowlan.  “I celebrated my birthday, was able to watch a game from NESN’s studio suite and my bank is helping me with my mortgage.  The best part was I kept it a secret from my wife—she didn’t know I had won $12,000 until Mike Daly presented us the check.” 

Sweepstakes highlights the attributes that make Berkshire Bank America’s Most Exciting Bank®

Nowlan was selected as the grand prize winner among more than 3,000 registered contestants, and no purchase was necessary to enter the Exciting Rewind Mortgage Sweepstakes.  The full-relationship institution—offering consumer, business, insurance, and wealth management solutions—is focused on saving its customers time and money, so they can make the most of life’s exciting momentsKnown throughout its footprint for its community volunteerism and philanthropic efforts, Berkshire Bank has received multiple awards from the United Way and has been annually recognized by the Boston Business Journal as one of Massachusetts’ Most Charitable Companies. 

“This is what Berkshire Bank is all about,” stated Mike Daly, President and CEO.  “The Exciting Rewind Mortgage Sweepstakes emphasizes that no bank does more for its customers and the community than America’s Most Exciting Bank®.  It was a thrill to surprise Linda Nowlan with $12,000—and assist her and Gerry with their mortgage.”



About Berkshire Bank

Berkshire Hills Bancorp (NYSE: BHLB) is the parent of Berkshire Bank, America’s Most Exciting Bank.  The Company, recognized for its entrepreneurial approach and distinctive culture, has $6.5 billion in assets and 91 full service branch offices in Massachusetts, New York, Connecticut, and Vermont providing personal and business banking, insurance, and wealth management services.  In 2014, Berkshire Bank was named one of Massachusetts Most Charitable Companies by the Boston Business Journal.  To learn more, visit or call 800-773-5601.  Berkshire Bank is the official bank of the Boston Bruins coverage on NESN.  Berkshire has a pending agreement to acquire Hampden Bancorp, the parent of Hampden Bank, which has $706 million in assets and operates ten offices in the Springfield, Massachusetts area.