EFFINGHAM & MATTOON – For the last three years throughout the month of October employees at Washington Savings Bank have enjoyed decorating pink-themed pumpkins in honor of Breast Cancer Awareness Month. Named the Pink Pumpkin Fundraiser, this event challenges employees to come up with an idea on how to decorate a pumpkin in honor and highlighting the issue of breast cancer. The staff divides up into teams of one to six people to decorate multiple pumpkins.

Once finished, the decorated pumpkins are placed into Washington Savings Bank lobbies to grab the attention of customers, intended to remind everyone of Breast Cancer Awareness Month. Then donations can be placed in a jar representing their favorite pumpkin. Over the years the pumpkins have been decorated to look like a chicken, a gumball machine, a lion, and a hot air balloon just to name a few.

This year’s winning pumpkins which generated the most donations included look-alike Gene from KISS, a Cinderella Carriage-themed pumpkin, and a pumpkin that looks like Ice Cream. With Washington Savings Bank matching the funds raised from the pumpkin donations, they are proud to be able to donate $500.00 to both LeAnn’s Light (Effingham) and Sarah Bush’s Mobile Mammography Unit (Mattoon).

Both organizations are important to the breast cancer affected community as LeAnn’s Light provides gift cards to families who have a family member going through treatments. The SBL Mobile Mammography unit travels to communities in SBL’s 10-county service area to offer accessible mammography testing for residents.

Washington Savings Bank would like to thank the Mattoon and Effingham communities for helping them be able to make these incredible contributions to these two organizations.













Pictured from left to right: Kim Lockart with Sara Bush Lincoln, with Stacey Himes, Kathy Yarnell, and Megan
Verdeyen on the Washington Savings Bank Team.


















Pictured from left to right: Windy Westfall, Kathy Schroeder, Ashley, O’Dell, Terri Gilbert, Petra Henderson.
2nd Row: Aiden Hardiek, Danny Westfall, Will Hardiek, and Jim Schroeder.