Staten Island Chuck Took the Spotlight as Investors Bank Presented the Annual Groundhog Day Event


Staten Island Chuck Took the Spotlight as
Investors Bank Presented the Annual Groundhog Day Event

Staten Island Zoo’s Prognosticator Predicts an Early Spring!
Early Risers Joined SI Chuck on Sunday, Feb. 2

Kari Pencek, Investors Bank

Bob Rinklin, Essential Public Relations

Staten Island, New York (Feb 2, 2020) – Before cheering on a favorite out of town team during “The Big Game” last night, local residents came out early in the morning to the Staten Island Zoo.  Investors Bank and the Zoo presented the Borough’s 39th annual Groundhog Day celebration that featured the world-famous Staten Island Chuck, elected officials and hundreds of children and families.
At 7 a.m., the official ceremonies started with Staten Island Deputy Borough President Ed Burke introducing local and area officials, a choir of students from one of the borough’s grammar schools and musical entertainers.
Then Chuck emerged from hibernation at 7:30 a.m. by “popping up” in his glass-enclosed “burrow” to give his forecast for an early spring.
Incidentally, The Weather Channel ranks Chuck “Number 2” among all weather-prognosticating groundhogs. Since 1981, he’s credited with a 78 percent accuracy rate. (Disclaimer: Chuck excused himself in 1987 in deference to Punxsutawney Phil’s centennial anniversary.)  
During the morning, Investors Bank’s Staten Island team distributed cups of hot chocolate to all the guests. Investors Chairman and CEO Kevin Cummings, noting this is the sixth year in a row that the Bank has hosted the zoo’s Groundhog Day, said “We’re the bank that is focused on putting community back into banking on Staten Island. Our team enjoys welcoming all the guests and supporting the zoo which is a great destination for families throughout the region.”
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