In celebration of its 120th year of business, Port Washington State Bank issued a $25,000 donation to Port Washington's Possibility Playground of Upper Lake Park. The funds will be used to underwrite a third-scale replica of the iconic Port Washington Bandshell.
The bandshell replica is one of many fun surprises in store for the eleven-year-old playground. The playground was first erected in 2008 to serve as a universally accessible playground for children of all abilities. The park was funded entirely by donations and built entirely by volunteers, with PWSB being one of the supporting companies throughout the park's existence.
President and CEO Steve Schowalter shared how the bank became involved. "I met with Jerry Baganz, one of the volunteers responsible for erecting the replica, and I got to see the beginnings with my own eyes. I was deeply impressed by the great lengths Jerry and team were taking to build the replica, and it reminded me of our own team's talent and dedication. Our employees and our citizens are what drive longevity and prosperity, and I couldn't be more proud of them all."
Port Washington State Bank's history of philanthropy for community organizations in Ozaukee County runs deep. Their support for over 200 local organizations is a tradition that the fifth-generation executive officer, James Schowalter, Senior VP and Chief Credit Officer, looks to uphold. "We love life in Ozaukee County, and we feel it's a special place to live, so naturally, we support organizations that uphold that way of life. Whether it's a softball game on a Saturday in spring, or a visit to a park with your kids after a hard days' work, these are timeless traditions that I want our children to have for their children."