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Community Support

At Watertown Savings Bank, financial investments in our community are very important to us. We strive for excellence as an outstanding provider of financial services to help support the many groups, organizations and individuals who work to provide numerous services that benefit the North Country.

Who We Support In Our Community

  • Non-Profit Organizations
  • Benefits & Fundraisers

  • Local Charities

  • Local Area Schools & Education

  • Hospital & Health Organizations

  • Local Business Development

  • Local Arts & Entertainment

  • Law Enforcement & Public Safety

  • Community Groups

  • Local Youth Activities & Events


Congratulations To The 2014 Ralph Brouty Scholarship Winners Learn More

The 2014 Ralph F. Brouty Watertown Savings Bank Scholarship was awarded to second year recipient, Ashley Hall and first year recipient Kassandra Davis.  Ashley will be a sophomore at JCC this fall before heading to Buffalo State next year to pursue a degree in Business Administration with an interest in the fashion industry.  Kassandra, a college freshman at JCC, will be taking courses in Business Administration with the goal of becoming a CPA.  The Ralph F. Brouty Watertown Savings Bank Scholarship is funded by Watertown Savings Bank and administered through The Northern New York Community Foundation.

Pictured:  Mark Lavarnway, President & CEO – Watertown Savings Bank, Kassandra Davis, Ashley Hall, Peggy Brouty – daughter of Ralph F. Brouty and April Fallon, Coordinator of Partnerships – NNY Community Foundation.

WSB Sponsors Phil Vassar Concert at Clayton Opera House Learn More

WSB Business Development Officer, Meredith Fiorentino presents a check for $2,500 to Julie Garnsey, Executive Director of the Clayton Opera House for the Corporate Show Sponsorship of the Phil Vassar performance taking place on August 27.  Learn more about the Clayton Opera House and Phil Vassar.

WSB Supports Boeheim Foundation “Raise The River” Event Learn More

Join Coach Jim and Juli Boeheim at the Thousand Islands Club on August 10th from 4pm – 7pm to help “Raise the River” in support of the Jim and Juli Boeheim Foundation.  All funds raised will help further the Foundation’s mission to enrich the lives of kids in need within Central and Northern New York, as well, as provide support for eliminating cancer through research and advocacy.   Click here for registration information.  Learn more about the Jim and Juli Boeheim Foundation.

Pictured: Mark Lavarnway – President and CEO, Watertown Savings Bank and Margaret Martin – Director of Development, Jim and Juli Boeheim Foundation.

WSB SPonsors DPAO Monster Truck Show Learn More

The DPAO and Chapman’s Can-Am Speedway present the third annual Night of Fireworks and Destruction Monster Truck Show on August 1st and August 2nd at Can-Am starting at 7 p.m.


Browse through the archives below and read about the support that we provide for the members of our North Country Community every day.

WSB Supports United Way of NNY Learn More

Bob Gorman, President & CEO of the United Way of NNY is presented with a check for $28,000.00 from Watertown Savings Bank Commercial Loan Officer, RoAnn Dermady.

WSB Supports NNY Community Foundation Learn More

April Fallon and Max DelSignore of the NNY Community Foundation are presented with a check from Watertown Savings Bank Marketing Director, John Morgia.

WSB Supports Watertown Urban Mission Learn More

Erika Flint of the Watertown Urban Mission is presented with a check from Watertown Savings Bank Commercial Loan Officer, Chuck Capone.

WSB Sponsors Ed Beerman Community Service Scholarship Learn More
Ed Beerman was not only a teacher, but a very active member of his community who believed strongly in supporting and giving back.  This year's recipients who demonstrate these qualities are Haley Babcock and Cameron Robbins of Lyme Central.  Congratulations to you both.
Joint Support for Urban Mission Food Pantry Learn More

Arsenal Wine & Liquor together with Watertown Savings Bank donated $1,235 to the Watertown Urban Mission Food Pantry. The proceeds from the "Holiday of Cheer: The Taste of Giving" promotion to sell wine glasses at both businesses were presented to Erika Flint, Mission executive director, center, by Mary Miles, owner of Arsenal Wine and Liquor, left, and Andrea Kolb, branch manager for Watertown Savings Bank, right.

WSB Supports Hospice with $10,000.00 Learn More

Darlene Jobson, (left) Vice President and CFO of Watertown Savings Bank and Meredith Fiorentino, (right) WSB's Business Development Officer, present a check for $10,000.00 to Diana Woodhouse, CEO of Hospice of Jefferson County.

Alexandria Bay Economic Summit 2014 Learn More

Dale Hunneyman, Town of Alexandria Supervisor, accepts a sponsorship donation from Skye Ryder-McCauley, Branch Manager WSB - Alexandria Bay, for the Town’s upcoming Economic Summit to be held at the Inn at Bonnie Castle in April.

Sackets Concerts on the Waterfront Learn More

Stephanie Elliott, Branch Manager of Watertown Savings Bank in Sackets Harbor presents a check for $2,500 to Kate Griffin, Co-Chair of the SHHS Concerts on the Waterfront and Jan Maas, President of the Sackets Harbor Historical Society.  Concerts on the Waterfront are held every summer Sunday afternoon from 3:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. in the Memorial Grove at the Battlefield State Historic Site in Sackets Harbor.  For more information please visit the SHHS website.

Teach Children To Save Day Learn More
In WSB’s effort to promote “Teaching our Children to Save” we visit several local schools on a weekly basis allowing the students to make deposits into their savings accounts through our “School Savings Program”.  The Bank has been providing this service for over a decade.  Each month one of the programs’ “Super Savers” is awarded an extra $l0.00 deposited into their account for their great efforts in savings.
Immaculate Heart Legacy Gala 2014 Learn More

Watertown Savings Bank President and CEO, Mark Lavarnway presents IHC’s Executive System Administrator, Chris Hornbarger with a check for $2,500 for sponsorship of The 2014 Immaculate Heart Legacy Gala.  The Legacy Gala is an annual celebration of Immaculate Heart Academy, Immaculate Heart Central Schools, and the school’s founders: the Sisters of St. Joseph of Watertown.  This year’s event brings together the fun of IHC’s traditional St. Valentine’s Day Dance, with the elegance of their former “Founders’ Day”.  Click here for details about this year’s Gala event.

WSB Sponsors Black Bear Exhibit at Thompson Park Zoo Learn More

Meredith Fiorentino, Business Development Officer, WSB, presents a check for $5,000.00 to Jennifer Loonan, Board Member, Thompson Park Conservancy for sponsorship of the new Black Bear Exhibit at the NYS Zoo at Thompson Park.  Click here to learn more about the Zoo and all the exciting things it has to offer.

WSB Appreciation Night at the Can-Am Speedway Learn More
May 30, at the Can-Am Speedway is WSB Customer Appreciation Night.  Get in FREE simply by showing your WSB Debit or ATM card at the gate.
WSB Sponsors Annual Tour de Chaumont Race Learn More

Kerri Derouin, Chaumont Office-Branch Manager, Watertown Savings Bank, presents a check for $500 to Julie Putnam-Maitag, Lyme Parks & Recreation Committee, for sponsorship of the annual Tour de Chaumont 5k/12k Race & Walk taking place on May 25.  Register for the race.

WSB Sponsors AUSA's Annual Dinner with $1,000 Donation Learn More

RoAnn Dermady, Commercial Loan Officer, WSB, presents a check for $1,000.00 to Tina Wildhaber, Board President, Fort Drum Chapter of AUSA for sponsorship of the AUSA's Annual Dinner taking place on June 9, 2014.  To learn more about the local Fort Drum Chapter of AUSA, click here.

WSB Supports Relay For Life Learn More
The American Cancer Society Relay For Life movement symbolizes hope and our shared goal to end a disease that threatens the lives of so many people we love.  Learn more about Relay For Life.
YMCA Scavenger Hunt Learn More

Michelle Graham, MS, Senior Director of Health and Wellness, YMCA accepts a check from Mark Lavarnway, President & CEO, WSB for sponsorship of the Y’s Annual Scavenger Hunt taking place Saturday June 7.  Learn more about the Scavenger Hunt.

GWNC Chamber's Farm & Craft Market Learn More

Toni Miller, GWNC Chamber Manager, and Lynn Pietroski, GWNC Chamber President & CEO, accept a check for $5,000 from Christine Strobert, Main Office Branch Manager, WSB, for the sponsorship of the Chamber’s Annual Farm & Craft Market taking place each Wednesday from May – October on Washington St. in Watertown.  Learn more about the Farm & Craft Market.

WSB Sends 34 Children To Camp Wabasso For Summer Learn More

Matt Greene, 4-H Camp Wabasso Manager, accepts a $1,500 donation from Rebecca Barney, WSB, for scholarships enabling 34 children the opportunity to experience Camp Wabasso this summer.  Learn more about Camp Wabasso.

WSB Supports the Antique Boat Museum in Clayton Learn More

Michael Folsom, Director of Marketing & Communications, Antique Boat Museum, is presented with a check for $5,000 from Carrie Hudson, WSB Clayton Office, for sponsorship of the Antique Boat Museum's Summer Season Events beginning with "Family Day" on June 14.  Visit the Antique Baot Museum online to learn more about their lineup of great summer events.

WSB Sponsors Made in NY Festival Learn More

Mike Campbell, Made in NY Festival Director, accepts a check for $1,500 from Stephanie Elliott, WSB Branch Manager, Sackets Office, for sponsorship of the 2014 Made in NY Festival taking place in Sackets Harbor on July 5.  Learn more about the Made in NY Festival.

WSB Donates $5,500 For Fireworks Over Boldt Castle Learn More

Sue Boyer, Executive Director of the Alexandria Bay Chamber of Commerce is pictured receiving a $5,500.00 donation from Skye Ryder-McCauley, Alex-Bay Branch Manager Watertown Savings Bank to help fund the annual 4th of July Fireworks display over Boldt Castle.  Learn more about Alexandria Bay Chamber of Commerce.

WSB Proudly Sponsors Les Miserables Learn More

Stage Notes, the not-for-profit theatrical production company which lives by its motto "Performance With A Purpose," will present "Les Miserables" this summer with all proceeds from ticket sales benefitting the Watertown Urban Mission. The performances will be presented July 9 through 12 in the Sturtz Theater at Jefferson Community College.  Learn more about Stage Notes and their performance of Les Miserables.

WSB Sponsors Jefferson County Fair Parade Learn More

Watertown Savings Bank President, Mark Lavarnway, presents a check to Larry Burnett for sponsorship of the opening parade for the Jefferson County Fair.  Founded 1817, the Jefferson County Fair is the oldest continuous operating fair in America.  Learn more about the Jefferson County Fair.

WSB Sponsors Concert In The Park Learn More

Wednesday, July 2, 2014 - 8:00pm.  The Bravo Broadway Concert is presented by the North Country Arts Council and is free to the public.  An exciting evening of your Broadway and Independence Day favorites will culminate in Fireworks and Howitzers.  Learn more about the North Country Arts Council and the NNY Orchestra.

WSB Sponsors Cheddar Cheese Festival Learn More

Come check out the Cheddar Cheese Festival on Saturday, July 12.

WSB Sponsors Antique & Classic Boat Show Learn More

Jan Joyce (President) and Stuart Clough (Vice President) of the TI Chapter of Antique and Classic Boat Society accept a check from Skye Ryder-McCauley, Branch Manager of Watertown Savings Bank in Alexandria Bay for sponsorship of this year’s Antique and Classic Boat Show taking place on July 19.  Learn more about the Antique and Classic Boat Show.

WSB Sponsors Youth Philanthropy Council Learn More

The Youth Philanthropy Council of the Northern New York Community Foundation seeks to teach and instill responsible citizenship and concepts of giving back. It also serves as a place to grow and nurture leadership for those who will inherit our community.

Seated Left to Right:  Meghan Burr, David Van Eenenaam, Isabelle Marsala and Erin Pacifici

Standing Left to Right:  Darcy Dyer, Austin Myers, Vice Chair; Yanna Hiotis, Victoria Olsen, Recording Secretary; Rachael Coon, Chair; Nathan Shannon, Maggie Valentine, Dominic Uliano IV, Dallas Blowers, Joe Freda and Philip Doldo. 

Not present:  Marcus Lavarnway, Secretary/Treasurer.

WSB Cup Award Scholarship Winners Learn More

Congratulations to Genny Wise and John Castilleja.  They are 2014 graduates of Watertown High School and the recipients of the Watertown Savings Bank Cup Award Scholarship.  Genny will be attending JCC this fall where she will begin her path to a degree in Childhood Education while John will attend Anna Maria College in Massachusetts where he will be studying Fire Science.  The Watertown Savings Bank Cup Award Scholarship is presented every year through the NNY Community Foundation.

Pictured:  Mark Lavarnway – President and CEO, Watertown Savings Bank, Genny Wise, John Castilleja and April Fallon – Coordinator of Partnerships, NNY Community Foundation.

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