Giving Tree

WSB Celebrates Giving Tuesday By Giving Back

Watertown Savings Bank celebrated Giving Tuesday by donating to several local organizations as a way to “give back” to the community it serves.  Pictured (from left to right): Matt Elliott, President, Friends of the Nature Center, Minna Anthony Common Nature Center, Stephanie Weiss, Executive Director of Development, River Hospital, Bonnie Eppolito, Marketing and Development, Samaritan Foundation of NNY, Ben Foster, Interim Executive Director, JCC Foundation, Jamie Cox, President & CEO, United Way of NNY, Tobi Darrah, Campaign Director, United Way of NNY, Michelle Carpenter, Foundation Director, The ARC of Jefferson - St. Lawrence, Kathy Arendt, Administrative Secretary, Hospice of Jefferson County, Max DelSignore, Assistant Director, NNY Community Foundation, Tim Dermady, Foundation Director, DPAO and Mark Lavarnway, President & CEO, Watertown Savings Bank.




 WSB Giving Tree Logo

At Watertown Savings Bank, Financial investments in our community are very important to us. We strive for excellence as a provider of financial support for the many groups, organizations and individuals who work to benefit the North Country. The WSB Giving Tree represents the many ways in which we proudly support the community you call home. 

Total Community Support in 2019 from The WSB Giving Tree as of today: $478,597.39

Browse through the archives below and see the members of our North Country Community we support every day.

United Way of NNY
Elizabeth Netto, WSB, presents a check for $30,000.00 to Bob Gorman and Tobi Darrah, United Way of NNY, to support nonprofit programs that improve the lives of local individuals.
Ed Beerman Scholarship Award

Patti Kendall, WSB, (left) and Tracie Mason (Ed Beerman’s sister) present a check to the 2019 recipient of the Ed Beerman Scholarship, Sarah Lockwood (center).  Congratulations Sarah.

Purple Heart Scholarship Fund

Gil Pearsall accepts a check from Noah Murrock, WSB, in support of The Purple Heart Scholarship Fund for service members who have been awarded the Purple Heart.

Volunteer Transportation Center

Volunteer Transportation Center Foundation Director, Jeremiah Papineau, accepts a check from Janessa Sparacino, WSB, in support of the Center’s ongoing mission to provide transportation to those in need.

WSB Sponsors 2019 Irish Festival

Mary Ann Bartelson, WSB, presents a check to Dave Missert, North Country Goes Green Irish Festival Co-Chair, for sponsorship of the 2019 Irish Festival.



WSB Sponsors Annual IHC Gala

Amanda McIlroy, Director of Marketing & Communications – IHC Schools, accepts a donation from Chad McKee, WSB, in support of the IHC Legacy Gala. The Immaculate Heart Legacy Gala is an annual celebration of the school and its founders: The Sisters of St. Joseph of Watertown. 


WSB Supports JCC Deans Center

Dr. Ty Stone, JCC College President, accepts a donation from Heather Makuch, EVP of Deposit Operations for Watertown Savings Bank, in the amount of $5,000.00 for the JCC Foundation’s Dr. Deans Collaborative Learning Center.


WSB Supports St. Baldrick's

Rebecca Barney, WSB, presents a check to Anthony Netto, Paul Trimper and Ian Filippelli of Power Play Sports, in support of their St. Baldrick’s Hockey Fundraiser being held on March 10, 2019.


WSB Supports G.W. Loomis Foundation

Jeremy Powell, WSB VP & Security Officer, presents a check to Kip Bachar, Robert Tennies and Wendy Tennies of the Garrett W. Loomis Foundation.



WSB Supports Sandy Creek Program

John DeGone, Sandy Creek C.O.R.E. Coach, accepts a check from Chad McKee, WSB, in support of the Sandy Creek School C.O.R.E. Robotics Club attending the VEX World Championships in Louisville, KY.


WSB Supports Businesses Against Drugs

John Morgia accepts a check from WSB’s Chad McKee in support of Jefferson County Businesses Against Drugs.  The group works along with existing drug prevention programs in local schools and youth-based events.


WSB Supports Unity Lacrosse

Mike LeDoux and Jonathan Adams, Unity Lacrosse, accept a check from Alexsis Minnick, WSB, in support of the boys and girls Unity summer lacrosse clubs.



WSB Supports American Heart Assoc.
Stacy Spaziani, Regional Director for the American Heart Association, accepts a check from WSB’s Toni O’Connell in support of the Association’s many programs which provide for individuals with heart illnesses in our community.



WSB Supports DPAO Spring Show
John Morgia, WSB, presents a check to Joseph Rich, retired Director of DPAO, for sponsorship of the DPAO’s Spring Show.  “Sinatra and Friends”, Friday, May 17th at the Dulles State Office Building at 7:30pm.  Tickets are $20.00 and available at the DPAO office and Kinney Drugs.
WSB Supports Watertown Rapids
Joanne Warner, WSB, presents a check to Brandon Noble, General Manager, Watertown Rapids, in support of their upcoming season.
WSB Supports Race Against Poverty
Drew Boulter, WSB, presents a check to Aaron Naklick, Samaritan Medical Center and JLI Alumn, in support of the JLI's Race Against Poverty.  The annual event is a large scale scavenger hunt to raise money to combat poverty in our community.

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WSB Supports Stage Notes
Rebecca Barney, WSB, presents a check to Michele Glover, Ticia Aumell, Kyle Aumell, Caroline McPherson and Marialena Mouaikel of Stage Notes.
WSB Supports Chamber of Commerce
Chad McKee, WSB, presents a check to Kylie Peck, President & CEO, Greater Watertown North Country Chamber of Commerce, in support of the chamber’s annual Farm and Craft Market.
WSB Supports Annual Bravo Fest
Chad McKee, WSB, presents a check to Paul Alteri, Bravo Fest, in support of the annual Bravo Italiano Festival.
WSB Supports Chedar Cheese Festival
Rockett Stockwell, WSB, presents a check to Elizabeth Walker and Marlene Norfolk, Adams Revitalization committee, in support of the annual Cheese Festival and concerts in the park.
WSB Supports Downtown Block Party
Marnie O’Connor, WSB, presents a check to Donald Rutherford, CEO Watertown Local Development Corp., and City Councilman, Cody Horbacz in support of the 2019 Downtown Block Party in Watertown’s Public Square taking place on June 28th, July 26th and September 14th.
WSB & VTC Partnership

Volunteer Transportation Center Foundation Director, Jeremiah Papineau, accepts a check from Janessa Sparacino, WSB, in support of the partnership between WSB and the VTC to provide transportation to the residents at Country View Apartments in Adams.

Safe Schools Endeavor

Chad McKee, WSB, presents a check to Erika Flint, Chair, Safe Schools Endeavor Steering Committee, and Steve Todd, BOCES District Superintendent, in support of The Safe Schools Endeavor.  

WSB Sponsors Symphony In The Park

Christine Powers, WSB, presents a check to Diana Woodhouse, Watertown Rotary, for sponsorship of the Symphony in the Park. The NNY Orchestra will be performing such favorites as Liberty Fanfare, 1812 Overture, The Stars and Stripes Forever and many


WSB Supports Jefferson County Fair

Chad McKee, WSB, presents a check to Larry Burnett, JC Fair, for sponsorship of the opening night parade of the annual Jefferson County Fair.  



WSB Supports Brew At The Zoo

Heather Makuch, WSB, presents a check to the Thompson Park Zoo‘s Executive Director, Lawrence Sorel, and Marketing Director, Debbie Bleier, in support of the Annual Brew At The Zoo taking place August 9th from 5pm-8pm. 


WSB Supports Evan Mills Raceway

Chad McKee, WSB, presents a check to Peggy Gill, Evans Mills Raceway Park, for sponsorship of the races taking place on Saturday, August 10th.



WSB Supports Jefferson Co. SPCA

Chad McKee, WSB, presents a check to SPCA Executive Director, Heather Spezzano, in support of the shelter’s annual programs and fundraisers.




2019 WSB Cup Scholarship Award

Joshua Rainbolt is the recipient of the 2019 WSB Cup Scholarship Award.  Joshua will be attending the University of Rochester in the fall studying Biotechnology to possibly pursue a career in medicine or research.



WSB Supports Historical Society

Chad McKee, WSB, presents a check to Jefferson County Historical Society Executive Director, Jordan Walker-Rodriguez, in support of their preservation of historical artifacts and educational impact in our community.


Ralph Brouty Scholarship Winner

Matthew Barton is one of the two recipients of the 2019 WSB Ralph F. Brouty Scholarship Award.  Matthew is a 2019 graduate of Thousand Islands Central and will be attending JCC this fall working toward a degree in business. 



Ralph Brouty Scholarship Winner

Benjamin Hare is one of the two recipients of the 2019 WSB Ralph F. Brouty Scholarship Award.  Benjamin is a returning recipient and will be starting his second year at the Rochester Institute of Technology where he majors in business with a concentration in data analytics.


WSB Supports Victory Athletics

John Morgia, WSB, presents a check to Aaron Naklick, Victory Athletics, for sponsorship of the Victory Athletics Basketball Program.  Victory Athletics provides the opportunity for local youth to play and compete in competitive basketball tournaments regardless of their ability to pay. 


WSB Supports Association of the Blind

David Bonney, WSB, presents a check to the Association of the Blind and Visually Impaired of NNY’s Executive Director, Olivia Kassoum-Amadou and Robert Ashodian, Treasurer, in support of the many programs offered by the Association in our community.

WSB Supports Cornell Co-op Extension

Rebecca Barney, WSB, presents a check to Kevin Jordan, Cornell Cooperative Extension Lead Executive Director, for a corporate sponsorship of the organization’s Annual Dinner.  

WSB Supports Backpack Program

Stephanie Elliott, WSB Branch Manager in Sackets Harbor, presents a check to Robbins Family Grain Office Manager, Linda Damon and Assistant Office Manager, Karri Crosson, to benefit the Sackets Backpack Program.

WSB Supports Chamber Costume Event

Lauren Garlock, Alexandria Bay Chamber, Skye Ryder-McCauley AVP/Branch Manager, WSB, and Claire Dunlap, Executive Director, Alex Bay Chamber, receive a donation for the upcoming Chamber Halloween Costume Contest.


WSB Supports ACS Acous Chix

Cheryl Drake, Watertown Savings Bank, presents a check to Amaris Sibert, a student at Alexandria Central School for Acoux Chix.  Acous Chix is the school's all girl barbershop quartet participating in a singing competition.  Good luck, girls!