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Hyperion Bank Goes to the Dogs - July 12, 2012


Philadelphia, PA... "Take Your Dog to Work Day" was recently celebrated for the fifth year in a row at Hyperion Bank at 2nd & Girard Avenue. Pet Sitters International created the special day over 14 years ago. The event showcases what great companion's dogs make and encourages their adoption from humane societies, animal shelters and breed rescue clubs. This annual event asks pet lovers to celebrate the humane-canine bond and promote pet adoption by encouraging their employers to support TYDTW Day by opening their workplace to employees' four-legged friends on this one special day.

The Hyperion Bank event is a five year long partnership with the Philadelphia Animal Welfare Society (PAWS) and always includes a Bake Sale Fundraiser. "Our employees bake all the goodies and donate them to the sale for the benefit of PAWS. This year we raised $224.00", stated Joe Matisoff, Bank President and proud father of the Bank's official first dog, Buddy Matisoff.

PAWS is a 501(c)3 non-profit organization dedicated to saving Philadelphia's homeless, abandoned, and unwanted animals. They are the city's largest rescue organization and only no-kill shelter, and work to make Philadelphia a city in which every healthy and treatable pet is guaranteed a home. Through its adoption locations, special events, and foster care network, PAWS finds loving homes for thousands of animals each year.

For more information on how you can adopt a pet or make a contribution please visit the PAWS website at www.phillypaws.org

Photo Caption: Hyperion Bank employees love their dogs and helping the Philadelphia Animal Welfare Society raise funds during Take Your Dog to Work Day. PAWS representatives were on hand with dogs for adoption.


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Hyperion Bank Announces Appointment of John D. Beck, Branch Manager

Date: June 1, 2012

Philadelphia, PA'Hyperion Bank, located in the Northern Liberties area of Philadelphia, has appointed John D. Beck, as Branch Manager. Mr. Beck brings over 25 years of experience in the financial services industry to his new position.

John began his banking career in 1985 with Inter-Boro Savings & Loan, Cherry Hill, NJ and most recently was Assistant Vice President, Branch Manager for Roma Bank (formerly Sterling Bank) in Robbinsville, NJ.

"John is a seasoned professional who brings a depth of retail banking knowledge to our team. We are fortunate to have a community banker of his caliber to help us focus on the customer experience and solidify our reputation as the area's premier community bank," said Joe Matisoff, Hyperion Bank President and CEO.

Hyperion Bank is the first community bank to locate in the urban part of Philadelphia in more than 20 years. Restored to its original 1871 grandeur, the stately 11,000 square-foot headquarters and first branch, located at 2nd Street and Girard Avenue, is a signature footprint in the area's urban revitalization. This site was chosen because of its extensive residential redevelopment, expanding small business and deep-rooted neighborhood residents. Hyperion is a full service retail and commercial bank. Its website is www.HyperionBank.com .

Photo Caption: John D. Beck

Hyperion Bank Chosen For Movie Role

Date: June 18, 2012

Philadelphia, PA'Hyperion Bank will play a role in local filmmaker, Neal Dhand's latest venture. The Bank was the on location site for the recent shoot which took place in the main branch location in Northern Liberties.

"The story involves the kidnapping of the child of a prominent political figure who is being held for ransom. We were looking for a local community bank where the father goes to withdraw the ransom money. Hyperion Bank was a great fit and their staff was flexible and able to move quickly with the necessary approvals", said producer, director Neal Dhand. "We are really excited to play a part and have a film crew here. Our customer service team is looking forward to becoming movie stars. One of our tellers even had a speaking part", stated Joe Matisoff, the Bank's President & CEO.

Dhand is currently an Adjunct Professor of Film at Temple University and Chestnut Hill College.His feature film "Second Story Man" premiered at the Cinequest Film Festival in 2011.

Photo Caption: Local film maker, Neal Dhand, directs actor Ken Cohen and Hyperion Bank teller, Dan Pavlovic, while filming a scene for his new short in the Bank's Northern Liberties main branch.

Hyperion Bank Partners with Local Non-profit, Norris Square Neighborhood Project - April 13, 2012


Hyperion Bank is pleased to announce their 2012 Community Builder Sponsorship of Norris Square Neighborhood Project (NSNP), a community and youth-driven arts and gardening organization providing the Kensington community with programs that are focused through a lens of Latino culture.

The Community Builder Sponsorship is part of Hyperion Bank's ongoing commitment to be an integral part of the fabric of the North Philadelphia community by working closely with several local non-profit organizations who continue to improve the city's neighborhoods.

"Hyperion Bank is an incredible partner for Norris Square Neighborhood Project. The Bank has demonstrated its values in the community by being both an accessible bank and a strong community partner. As we embark on our new Community Builder partnership during 2012, I look forward to working alongside Hyperion Bank as we increase our community impact together", Reed Davaz McGowan, Executive Director, NSNP.

In addition to their sponsorship, Hyperion Bank employees are participated in a volunteer work-day in NSNP's famous cultural gardens on May 4, 2012. Hyperion Bank will also offer financial literacy workshops to NSNP families and youth throughout the year.

"We are delighted to support the fine work of Norris Square Neighborhood Project. Our employees enjoyed getting dirty in the garden as we helped to ' grow' connections to our neighborhood", stated Joe Matisoff, President, Hyperion Bank.

Hyperion Bank's support this year is vital to the success of NSNP's service expansion in 2012, especially focusing on the development of NSNP's Urban Garden Program. As a part of this organizational growth, NSNP will be hosting events and workshops in their garden spaces throughout the season, including De la Siembra a la Cosecha/From Seed to Harvest, a week-long garden opening celebration taking place from May 12-18, 2012. More information about NSNP's programs and events can be found at www.myneighborhoodproject.org.

Photo Caption: Hyperion Bank employees from every department of the Bank get down and dirty in the gardens at NSNP Community Garden in Kensington.


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Concilio & Hyperion Bank Partner with American Red Cross for Community Blood Drive Set for August 23, 2011.

Concilio and Hyperion Bank will be partnering to host an American Red Cross Community Blood Drive on Tuesday, August 23rd from 1 pm to 7 pm in the Northern Liberties area of the city. The Council of Spanish Speaking Organizations, Inc. (Concilio), founded in 1962 is the oldest Latino organization in Philadelphia and has a well-established reputation as a leader for Latino family services. Their mission is to ensure that equitable social, educational, cultural, prevention/intervention services and programs are made available to the Philadelphia community.

"The Red Cross is facing a critical blood shortage and needs your help. During the summer months the need for donations is especially acute", stated Jeanna Savage / Account Executive, Donor Recruitment American Red Cross. "We are especially in need of Type "O"." According to Joe Matisoff, CEO at Hyperion Bank, "Our partnership with Concilio is an example our strong ties to a variety of locally based business and community organizations and enables us to help the Red Cross draw from a larger pool of donors. We are encouraging all of our employees, friends and neighbors to sign up and give from the heart with the 'gift of life'"."We urgently appeal to healthy volunteers to donate blood", stated Joanna Otero-Cruz, Executive Director of Concilio. "We are delighted to be partnering with Hyperion Bank and hope we can leverage our mutual community relationships to sign up as many donors as possible. Our host site will be here at Concilio, 705-09 N. Franklin Street (at the corner of 7th & N. Franklin Streets".

You must be at least 16 years of age (with parental consent) 17 and up (without consent), 110 pounds or more and in generally good health. Those wishing to register for an appointment are asked to go to the American Red Cross web site at: www.redcrossblood.org and enter Sponsor Code: 14451. The secure site will ask a few simple questions and donors can actually schedule a specific time to come it to donate blood. Walk-ins are also welcome where schedule permits.

All donors will receive a coupon from Edible Arrangements for a free box of Chocolate Dipped Fruit and be automatically entered in a drawing for a $250 Gift Card.If you would like more information please contact Suzanne Mooney at 215-789-4198 at Hyperion Bank, or Joanna Otero-Cruz at 215-627-3100 at Concilio or phone the American Red Cross at 1-800-GIVE-LIFE.




Phila., PA ' Tis the season of giving and local children will be receiving toys a plenty thanks to the efforts of Hyperion Bank in conjunction with the 26th Police District. The Bank's employees shopped 'til they dropped and filled their bin to overflow with Barbies, Iron Man 2, Matchbox, Tonka, Transformers, baby dolls, tea sets, building blocks and a variety of games and novelty character hats & mittens.

Working with Community Relations Officer P/O Annamae Law at the 26th Police District, which coordinates the annual toy drive and sponsors a holiday party event for the children, the toy collection was a fun filled time for Hyperion Bank employees. "We are the area's community bank. It's important to the people who work here to get involved. We may not all live locally but we work here every day. It's our neighborhood too and we care about those in need who are in our own backyard", said Joe Matisoff, Hyperion Bank President & CEO. "It's wonderful to see a local business work so hard to weave themselves into the fabric of our community. And the folks at Hyperion Bank have really been helping us to make a difference here in our neighborhood", stated Officer Law.

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Hyperion Bank was on hand for all the fun at the first ever Girard Fest when it hit the Avenue on Saturday, September 25, 2010. Thousands of visitors enjoyed dozens of live bands from Philadelphia Film & Music Festival performing on three stages. The food court, beer garden, more than 100 vendors and a children's play area with laser tag and a rock climbing wall were some of the highlights. Girard Avenue was closed for the first time in history from Front to 4th Streets to accommodate the huge street and music festival. Produced by the newly re-organized Girard Business & Arts Association (GBAA) this first of its kind music and street festival was fun for the whole family and will be an annual event on the last Saturday of September.

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2nd Street in Northern Liberties, between Girard Avenue and Spring Garden Street, including Liberties Walk was the site for the Second Annual event sponsored by the Northern Liberties Business Owners Association (NLBOA). The free festival featured 3 stages of live music, 4 beer gardens, over 60 local vendors, and children's activities, including a moon bounce and carnival games. Thousands of local residents attended the all day event.

Northern Liberties is known in Philadelphia as one of the greenest neighborhoods and holds the record for recycling. The goal of the festival is to showcase the neighborhood and 2nd Street in particular, as a creative and fun destination in Philadelphia. The Northern Liberties neighborhood focuses on sustainable local business, and the festival reflects that in many ways. Northern Liberties is artsy, edgy, hip, sophisticated and the new place to live, shop, dine, play'and own a business.

NLBOA Mission

To strengthen and promote the commercial, professional, civic, environmental and general business interests of its members through education, culture and community involvement. We are an innovative, supportive group of business owners who work together to successfully grow, strengthen and maintain the dynamic Northern Liberties business district. Striving to work collaboratively with the Northern Liberties neighborhood and foster "one" unified voice. Website: http://www.nolibs.com/

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This holiday season, local families and senior citizens in need will enjoy turkey dinners with all the trimmings thanks to the combined efforts of the 26th Police District, Hyperion Bank, Kensington South Neighborhood Advisory Council (KSNAC), Girard Business & Arts Association (GBAA) and Northern Liberties Business Owners Association (NLBOA).

Working with Community Relations Officer, P/O Annamae Law, Hyperion Bank and KSNAC pulled together to collect non-perishable foods and raise money for the purchase of turkeys. The Bank's employees donated their own money, which the Bank matched dollar-for-dollar. GBAA and NLBOA each donated $100. "We are overwhelmed by Hyperion Bank's efforts to assist us in raising so much. We have enough to help us do food baskets with turkeys for Thanksgiving and still have funds left over for the Christmas holidays. That's a lot of turkey", stated P/O Annamae Law.

"As a community bank it is important for us to reach out and touch our local residents and be actively involved in our neighborhood, especially when there is so much need right here in our own backyard. Being the neighborhood's premier community bank means finding ways to give back to those we serve", stated Joe Matisoff, president & CEO of Hyperion Bank.

Hyperion Bank president, Joe Matisoff along with Suzanne Mooney, VP/Retail Banking and president of GBAA, present check to Lieutenant Francis Staab and Community Relations Officer, P/O Annemae Law.



Local children and their parents had non-stop fun at Hyperion Bank's 2nd Annual Halloween event in the headquarters branch office at 199 W. Girard Avenue. The decorations including a graveyard, witch's cauldrons, dancing ghosts, flying bats, spiders and spooky Halloween sounds and music set the stage for an afternoon of fun and games. The children enjoyed a special 'witch's brew' and goody bags filled with treats and prizes to take home. The most popular activities of the day were the witch's finger toss game, face painting and the cookie decorating.

The Witches and Warlocks of Hyperion Bank hosted more than 50 children and their parents. One of the witches said, "As a community bank we endeavor to reach out and touch our local residents and be actively involved in our own backyard. Being the neighborhood's premier community bank means finding ways to give back to those we serve".

Here are photos from this year's Halloween Spooktackular



Philadelphia's First Monochromes Project to be Unveiled


Art company SSEWARD LLC and its Monochromes Project will be on hand at the official unveiling of its latest piece in collaboration with Hyperion Bank at a reception in the Bank's headquarters lobby at 2nd & Girard Avenue on August 12 at 7 pm. Customers, local residents, businesses and the art community are all invited to attend the ceremony.

Started in 2009, The Monochromes Project ("One Color Many Artists") is a collaborative art project that uses only found and second-hand materials to construct an original art form of a designated color. SSEWARD has a formula for each piece: People collect "pigment", which they bring to a coloring party. Artists log their hours and then get paid a portion of whatever the piece sells for. The idea is to foster a livelihood for artists. In this case more than 40 local artists including well known names like Piper Brett, Sarah O'Donnell, Eva Wylie, Nate Gertner, Reese Juel and Masha Badinter all worked on creating the piece. Contemporary art gallery and pioneer of burgeoning North Philadelphia art scene, Little Berlin, housed the newest SSEWARD project during its creation in their group exhibition called "Value City."

Recognized by the Preservation Alliance of Greater Philadelphia for the restoration of their stunning red brick building, Hyperion Bank stands on the corner of 2nd and Girard, in the Northern Liberties area of the city, as a symbol of revitalization and urban development. "Artists also play a key role in urban development. Looking for cheap studio and exhibition space, artists pioneer an area and initiate the revitalization process. The presence of a community focused institution like Hyperion Bank confirms and strengthens that revitalization," said SSEWARD founder Scott Bickmore. SSEWARD sees this particular collaboration with Hyperion Bank as a way to acknowledge and encourage this synergy that exists in developing areas.

"During an economic crisis, especially with banks under the microscope, the orange monochrome represents creative and responsible stewardship. With this collaboration, Hyperion Bank and SSEWARD are creating jobs, encouraging urban development, re-purposing materials, and giving the art world another reason to put Philadelphia on the map," stated Joe Matisoff, President and CEO of Hyperion Bank.

The Bank selected the August 12th unveiling date to tie-in with 2nd Thursdays. Organized by the newly re-formed Girard Business & Arts Association, 2nd Thursdays is a monthly 'open house' environment where local businesses stay open late and feature specials, entertainment, art exhibits and a general fun atmosphere up and down the Girard Avenue corridor from Frankford Avenue to 8th Street and surrounding areas including the Crane Arts Building at 1400 N. American Street.

Mayor holds press conference at Hyperion Bank to announce $2 million in city funding for small business development


Philadelphia, Mayor Michael A. Nutter announced $2 million in Community Development Block Grants and Corridor Bond funding awards that will support small business and commercial corridor development in Philadelphia at a recent press conference held at Hyperion Bank. The Bank was chosen as the site for the press conference because of its commitment to making small business and commercial loans and support of the Girard Coalition and the Empowerment Group ' both of which received city funding.

The Mayor was introduced by Joe Matisoff, President and CEO of Hyperion Bank. In his opening remarks Mayor Nutter sited Hyperion Bank's commitment to the local community and thanked the Bank for their efforts to save and restore their stunning headquarters building and support the local economy by providing funds for commercial loans. "Imagine a bank that actually lends money'.what a concept," said Mayor Nutter. "Hyperion Bank is proud of its track record for providing business loans that support economic growth in our local community. That's what being a community bank is all about," stated Joe Matisoff.

Three programs: the Targeted Corridor Management Program, the Business Technical Assistance Program and the ReStore Retail Incentive Grant Program, fund and foster economic development by providing business development support, technical assistance and help for existing businesses to expand their stores. These investments are part of the City's current commitment of more than $70 million in supportive funding for small businesses.

Joining the Mayor were local Council members, Darrell Clarke and Maria D. Quinones-Sanchez.Photos by Tony Webb.

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2010 Season of Events

Join Hyperion Bank at our booth on the Piazza this season as we participate in the following events:

May 29 - Piazza Flea Market

July 3 - Italian Renaissance Fair

August 14 - Piazza Carnival & Circus

September 11 - Philadelphia Fall Restaurant Weekend

We'll have lots of free goodies to give away. Come on out and join in the fun. HOPE WE'LL SEE YOU THERE!


12th Annual Take Your Dog to Work Day

June 25, 2010

8 am to 12 Noon

  • Help Hyperion Bank celebrate Pet Sitters International Take Your Dog to Work Day.
  • Bring your favorite canine companion along for doggie treats and enter our raffle for a special gift basket full of Doggie Goodies. Meet "Buddy" Matisoff, Hyperion Bank's first dog and his proud owner, Joe our illustrious President & CEO. Bank employees will also be bringing along their four legged friends to join in the fun.
  • We are planning on a "Bake Sale" - all proceeds to benefit PAWS at 2nd & Arch Streets - so plan on stopping by our table to pick up some homemade people goodies to enjoy for the weekend.
  • PAWS will be here with "Dogs for Adoption"
  • For further information on the event please contact Sue Collins at Hyperion Bank at 215-789-4196.
  • Please visit PAWS online at www.phillypaws.org to learn more about this fine community organization.

City Wide Spring Clean-Up

Saturday, April 10, 2010

Hyperion Bank and its employees and local neighbors answered Mayor Nutter's call for help in cleaning up the city. Hyperion Bank volunteered to participate in supporting the host site with Kensington South Neighborhood Advisory Council (KSNAC) out of the FINANTA Center at 2nd & Thompson Streets.

In addition, Joe Matisoff, president and CEO of the bank, said that the bank's employees, plus numerous family members, signed up to help pick up trash and otherwise clean the neighborhood surrounding the bank's headquarters facility at the corner of Second and Girard.

"We view this as part of the civic responsibility any good corporate citizen should feel," said Matisoff. In addition to the supplies provided by the city, Hyperion Bank provided the volunteers with free bottles of water, boxes of fruit and freshly baked chocolate chip cookies that the Bank in known for.

Volunteers collected dozens of bags of trash - approximately half of which were recyclables. The statue of Don Quixote was cleaned, weeded, the rose bushes pruned, ground cover planted and then mulched.

Special thanks go out to our friends and neighbors along 2nd Street and Palethorp Street for pitching in. And to Kensington South Neighborhood Advisory Council (KSNAC) for donating five spectacular purple azaleas which the bank staffers planted in their garden area at the corner of Girard Avenue and Palethorp Street. In exchange the Bank donated the mulch for the event.

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Third Season Opener of Family Theatre Series hosted by Hyperion Bank

November 7, 2009

  • The premiere performance of Runaway Bunny, presented by B. Someday Productions was a runaway hit with local families at this community event hosted for the third year by Hyperion Bank.
  • The Family Theatre Series in an interactive, literature-based performance program for children (ages 2-7) and their caregivers that features professional actors bringing great children's stories to life. The children participated by acting out the characters with their bodies and their voices. Then they made a handicraft related to the stories that were told and had healthy snacks that the Bank provided as an extra treat.
  • To the children's delight, actors Sonja Bingham and Daniel Ostrov also performed based on two additional stories, Franklin in the Dark and The Ugly Duckling.
  • Joe Matisoff, Hyperion Bank President, noted "we are very pleased to once again make our space available for this great neighborhood group. We are huge supporters of educational programs for our community residents."
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