Giving Tree

WSB Sponsors The Orchestra of NNY's Holiday Pops Concert

WSB is once again sponsoring the OONNY's holiday performance led by conductor, Kenneth Andrews, on Sunday December 16th at 3pm at the First Presbyterian Church in Watertown.  The Festival Chorus will feature music including John Williams’ Home Alone, John Rutter’s Christmas Lullaby, the “Hallelujah” chorus from Messiah and more holiday favorites including selections from Tchaikovsky’s NutcrackerSleigh Ride and others both old and new!  

 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 2018 from The WSB Giving Tree as of today: $357,819.51

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

WSB Supports TIERS

Chris Powers, WSB, presents a check to Bud Baril in support of the Thousand Islands Emergency Rescue Service's (TIERS) capital campaign.

WSB Supports The Irish Festival

Watertown Savings Bank's Mary Ann Bartelson presents a check to The North Country Goes Green Irish Festival Board Officer, Patty Strife, in support of the annual Irish Festival.

Ed Beerman Scholarship

Kerri Noone and Tracie Mason present a scholarship check in the amount of $500.00 to this year's Ed Beerman Jr. Memorial Community Service Scholarship recipient, Shelby Brass. Congratulations Shelby!

United Way of NNY
Elizabeth Netto, WSB, presents a check for $30,000.00 to Bob Gorman, President & CEO of United Way NNY to support nonprofit programs that improve the lives of local individuals.

Volunteer Transportation Center
Chad McKee, WSB, presents a check to Alyssa McKenzie-Chery, Foundation Director of the Volunteer Transportation Center, in support of the Center’s Annual Chili Cook-Off taking place at the Dulles State Office Building on Saturday, February 3rd from 11 am - 3 pm.

JCC Alumni Association
Heather Makuch, WSB, presents a check to Greg Griffin, JCC Alumni Association, in support of the numerous events WSB sponsors for the college throughout the year.

Watertown Urban Mission
Joanna Loomis, Development Director of Watertown Urban Mission, is presented with a check from Watertown Savings Bank Commercial Loan Officer, Chuck Capone.  The Watertown Urban Mission helps people rise above their circumstances and in turn, strengthen our community as a whole.
IHC Legacy Gala

Sister Mary Gregory, SSJ, Director of Advancement – 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.

Stage Notes

Michael Vecchio, WSB, presents a check to the members and staff of Stage Notes, a local theater company whose purpose is to help students see their passion for musical theater make a difference in our community.

Garrett W. Loomis Foundation

Jeremy Powell, WSB VP & Security Officer, presents a donation to Steve Goodrich and Robert Tennies of the Garrett W. Loomis Foundation.

Clayton Opera House

Julie Garnsey and Megan Kendall of the Clayton Opera House accept a donation check from Rachel Costantino, WSB, in support of the summer 2018 presentation of Capital Steps.


WSB Supports Habitat for Humanity

Brian Drappo (left), Executive Director of the Thousand Islands Area Habitat For Humanity (TIAHFH), is pictured with Brian Cisco (right), Watertown Savings Bank, in recognition of the house donated to the organization by the Bank.

WSB Supports FDRLO

Dennis Caughlin, WSB, presents a check to Lance Evans, Fort Drum Regional Liaison, in support of the annual Armed Forces Day Parade.

Purple Heart Scholarship Fund
Gil Pearsall accepts a check from Christine Powers, VP & Commercial Loan Officer, WSB, in support of The Purple Heart Scholarship Fund for service members who have been awarded the Purple Heart. 

Thousand Islands Land Trust
Terra Bach, Thousand Islands Land Trust, accepts a check from WSB Clayton Branch Manager, Patti Kendall, in support of TILT.  TILT works to conserve the natural beauty, diverse wildlife habitats, water quality, and outdoor recreation opportunities of the 1000 Islands region.

NNY - Ft. Drum Chapter of AUSA

Michelle Capone, director of regional development for the Development Authority of the North Country accepts a check from Chuck Capone, AVP and Commercial Loan Officer for WSB, to benefit the NNY Fort Drum Chapter of the AUSA.  


WSB Supports The Cheese Festival

Marlene Norfolk accepted the check on behalf of the Adams Revitalization Committee Cheese Festival happening   July 7th in Adams NY.

WSB Supports Brew York Music Fest

Chad McKee, WSB, presents a check to Jason Price for sponsorship of the Brew York Music Festival.  Live Music, Food Trucks, Free Tastings/Samples from NYS Craft Breweries, Wineries, and Distillers.  Rafting/Kayak Races and Exhibitions.  July 14 at Maggie’s On The River. 

WSB Supports Samaritan Foundation

Dennis Caughlin, WSB, presents a check to Beth Fipps, Bonnie Eppolito and Michelle Nickels of the Samaritan Foundation.

WSB Supports JLI Rise Scholarship

Andrew Boulter, WSB, presents a check to Emily Soderquist for sponsorship of the JLI RISE Scholarship.  The RISE Initiative aims to assist low-income individuals in the Tri-County Area with barriers to education, enriching skill sets, evolving career paths, and improving overall quality of life.

WSB Supports JCC

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 Camp Wabasso

Stephanie Graf, Youth, Family & Community Development Issue Leader at Cornell Cooperative Extension, accepts a donation from Rebecca Barney, WSB, in support of Cornell Cooperative Extension’s 4-H Camp Wabasso Youth Summer Camp.

WSB Supports Common Nature Center

Heather White, Minna Anthony Common Nature Center Board Member, accepts a check from Theresa Maitland, WSB, on behalf of the Nature Center for sponsorship of the “A Night Of Nature” event.

WSB Supports The Rohde Center

Rockett Stockwell, Branch Manager of WSB in Adams, presents a check to Vicki Pitkin and William Griffith, The Rohde Center, for sponsorship of “Race to the Rohde” taking place on Saturday, April 28th in Adams.

WSB Supports River Hospital

Karen Roden, WSB, presents a check to Andrea Pfeiffer, Director of Marketing and Community Relations, River Hospital, for sponsorship of the Annual Festive Evening event being held Sunday, July 29, 2018 at Bonnie Castle Resort.

WSB Supports MAC Nature Center

Mark Lavarnway, President & CEO of Watertown Savings Bank, is pictured with Matt Elliott, Capital Campaign Chair for Friends of the Nature Center, Inc., for WSB’s pledge to Minna Anthony Common Nature Center’s Capital Campaign Fund.  

Alexandria Bay Chamber Events

Cheryl Drake, WSB, presents a check to Kerri Jobson, Executive Director of the Alex Bay Chamber, for the upcoming summer events; Pirates Weekend and Blues in the Bay.


WSB Supports Annual Relay For Life

Theresa Maitland and Marnie O'Connor, WSB, present a check to Don Boshart, Executive Director of the NNY American Cancer Society in sponsorship of the upcoming Relay for Life event.



WSB Supports Watertown Rapids

Danny Phillips, WSB, presents a check to Watertown’s premier Collegiate Baseball League team, the Watertown Rapids. Pictured are Mike Schell, right, Co-Owner, and Brandon Noble, General Manager.


WSB Supports Downtown Block Party

Mark Bellinger, Executive VP of WSB, presents a check to Donald Rutherford, CEO Watertown Local Development Corp., for sponsorship of the 2018 Downtown Block Party kicking off on Friday, June 29 at 5pm on Public Square. 


Symphony Concert In The Park

Christen LaFlamme, WSB, presents a check to Karen Fitzgerald, Chaumont Village Treasurer, for sponsorship of the Lyme Community Foundation’s Bicentennial Community Days.  Learn more about the bicentennial celebration.


WSB Supports Jefferson County Fair

Chad McKee, WSB, presents a check to Bob Simpson, Pam Shelmidine and Larry Burnett, of the Jefferson County Fair committee, for the sponsorship of the Fair’s opening night parade.



Lyme Bicentennial Community Days

Christine Powers, Commercial Loan Officer - WSB, presents a check to Carl McLaughlin 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 more.


Thompson Park Splash Pad

WSB President & CEO, Mark Lavarnway, presents a check to Philip Sprague in support of the Splash Pad at Thompson Park.




WSB Supports Annual Bravo Festival

Chad McKee, WSB, presents a check to Julian Alteri in support of the Annual Bravo Festival taking place this August.




WSB Supports Vintage Boat Show

Michael Joyce with the Antique & Classic Boat Society is pictured with Skye Ryder-McCauley, AVP/Branch Manager Watertown Savings Bank,  for sponsorship of the annual Classic Boat Show being held July 21st at Alexandria Bay town docks.


WSB Supports Hospice of Jefferson Co.

Lisa Freeman, WSB, presents a check to Nicole Paratore, Director of Community Relations, Hospice of Jefferson County, in support of the upcoming events they host throughout the year.



WSB Awards South Jeff Scholarship

Mekenna Reardon, 2018 South Jefferson Central Graduate, accepts a $250.00 scholarship award from Darcy Makela.  Mekenna's future plans are to attend JCC for 2 years then transfer to Owego State to pursue a degree in accounting. 


WSB Supports SPCA of Jefferson Co.

SPCA Director, Heather Spazzano, was presented with a check from WSB in support of the SPCA.





Brouty Scholarship Award

Benjamin Hare is the recipient of the Ralph F. Brouty Watertown Savings Bank Scholarship.  Benjamin will be attending Rochester Institute of Technology this fall majoring in Business, with a concentration in Data Analytics.



Brouty Scholarship Award

Gabe LaFex is the returning recipient of the Ralph F. Brouty Watertown Savings Bank Scholarship.  Gabe is attending JCC to pursue a degree in business.





WSB Cup Scholarship Award

John Morgia, WSB, is pictured with Dominic Konop, recipient of the 2018 WSB Cup Scholarship Award.  Dominic will be attending Norwich University in the fall with the ROTC program where he will major in Biology and Pre Med.


WSB Awards South Jeff Scholarship

Drew Banazek graduating senior from South Jefferson accepts a scholarship check for $250 from Rockett Stockwell, Branch Manager, WSB Adams Office.  Drew will be attending the University of Colorado in the fall majoring in business.



WSB Cup Scholarship Award

John Morgia, WSB, is pictured with Piper Warren, recipient of the 2018 WSB Cup Scholarship Award.  Piper will be attending JCC this fall and competing on the Cross Country team.



WSB Supports United Way Food Drive

WSB employees are pictured with Ted Nevills from NYSCOBA at the annual United Way Food Drive which took place on September 14.




WSB Donates To Adams Playground

Rockett Stockwell, Adams Branch Manager, is pictured with Village Mayor, Phil Chatterton, and Village Trustee, Lori Cobb, for the bank's donation to the Adams Revitalization Committee's Plyground Project.



WSB Donates To Flower Library

Jayne Graves, President, Friends of the Flower Memorial Library, accepts a $1,000.00 donation from Chad McKee, WSB, in support of the “Hidden In Plain Sight” art gala taking place on Friday, October 12th from 6pm – 8pm at the Roswell P. Flower Memorial Library.


WSB JCC Basketball Tournament

Jeff Wiley, JCC Athletic Director, accepts a sponsorship check from Chad McKee, WSB, in support of the annual High School Basketball tournament held each year at JCC.



WSB Sponsors OONNY Concert

Conductor, Kenneth Andrews, will lead the OONNY on Sunday December 16th at 3pm at the First Presbyterian Church in Watertown with holiday favorites including John Williams’ Home Alone, and others both old and new!  


WSB Sponsors River Santa Event

Erycka Phelps, WSB, presents a check to Lisa Slate in support of the 2018 River Santa Festival taking place in Alexandria Bay on December 15th.




WSB Supports Salvation Army

Bonnie Yonkovig, Salvation Army, accepts a check from WSB’s, Chad McKee, in support of the Salvation Army’s annual Old Newsboys Day fundraiser.



WSB Supports Crusade For Kids

Brittany Reiner, WSB, poses with toys she purchased with funds raised by the employees of WSB for the annual Christmas Crusade for Kids toy drive.