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Congratulations Serena and Catherine

Burke & Herbert Bank 'Dreams Do Come True' Winners

Serena and her mom, Catherine Alexandria, VA – Burke & Herbert Bank is dedicated to helping customers in Northern Virginia realize their dreams and is delighted to share the story of one local family that we are pleased to be able to help through the Burke & Herbert Bank Dreams Do Come True program.

In early November, the Bank launched the Burke & Herbert Bank Dreams Do Come True program on Facebook, Twitter, and the Bank's website, inviting customers and friends to nominate a family member or friend in their neighborhood who had a wish worth granting. The winner would receive a monetary gift or in-kind donation of goods and services from Burke & Herbert Bank to help make their wish come true.

Nominations poured in, and today Burke & Herbert Bank is pleased to announce the program winners: Serena and Catherine Lommasson.

Serena, a vibrant 16-year-old from Lorton, Virginia, has been battling brain cancer since the age of two, bravely enduring numerous surgeries and rounds of chemotherapy. On December 1, she started a new six-week radiation treatment at Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia, more than 150 miles from her hometown. Serena and her mother, Catherine, were nominated by Bridget Kelly, Beth Nettuno and Sarah Wholey for Dreams Do Come True to help offset the unavoidable costs associated with travel and lodging for the potentially life-saving treatment.

Burke & Herbert Bank will donate $1,000 to help ease the family's financial strain during this difficult time. Additionally, the family-owned Bank is planning a surprise for Serena upon her return home.

"Serena and I are honored to be nominated for Burke & Herbert Bank's Dreams Do Come True program," said Catherine Lommasson. "Battling brain cancer is nearly impossible to do alone, and we are touched to have such great friends to support us and cheer Serena on through her journey."

"At Burke & Herbert Bank, we truly believe in helping people throughout the communities in which we do business. This program was a way for us to go beyond banking and provide some assistance to a neighbor in need," said Terry Cole, Senior Vice President, Director of Products, Marketing & Sales at Burke & Herbert Bank. "We are happy to help Catherine be by Serena’s side during treatment and are excited about the special surprise we have in store for Serena that we hope will put a smile on their faces when they return home."

Everyone at Burke & Herbert Bank wishes Serena and Catherine all the best during the coming weeks of treatment. We are pleased to be able to spread the spirit of giving this holiday season.

Burke & Herbert Bank, established in 1852, is the oldest bank in the Commonwealth of Virginia and the oldest continuously operating bank in the Washington, D.C. area. The Bank offers a full range of personal and business banking products along with investment accounts, trust products and wealth management services. Burke & Herbert Bank is headquartered in Alexandria and operates 25 branches in Northern Virginia.

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