November 1, 2022 | Throughout the month of October Washington Savings Bank held a Pink Pumpkin Contest fundraiser for Breast Cancer Awareness. Employees signed up in teams to decorate a total of 14 pumpkins which were displayed at each location. Donation jars were set in front of each pumpkin so employees and customers could vote on their favorite. The bank chose to donate to LeAnn’s Light (Effingham) and Sarah Bush Lincoln’s Mobile Mammography Unit (Mattoon).

“We are so proud of our employees and their enthusiasm in decorating these pumpkins! These local organizations are doing amazing things for our communities, and we are happy to be able to help them and help spread awareness of Breast Cancer.” said Elaine Buehnerkemper, Senior Vice President of Customer Service.

The Effingham branches raised $414.32 for LeAnn’s Light which the bank matched making the total donation $828.64.

LeAnn’s Light provides cancer patients with gift cards for their young children (age 18 and under). These children are often scared of hospitals and worried about their sick parents. Many times, birthday and holiday gifts, dining out and entertainment becomes a luxury that parents cannot afford due to the expense of cancer treatments. These gift cards are meant to help alleviate the child’s fear and relieve some of the financial burden felt by parents. The gift cards can be used for toys, meals and other forms of entertainment that can provide a distraction for the child whose parent is battling cancer.

Donations can be mailed to the LeAnn Schroeder Hardiek Endowment at Southeastern Illinois Community Foundation, PO Box 1211, Effingham, IL 62401 (make checks payable to LeAnn Schroeder Hardiek Friendship Endowment) or online at

LeAnn’s Light Photo L to R: Carol Walk, Hali Frailey, Kathy Schroeder, Jim Schroeder, Dylan Buenker, Bali Bloemer

Washington Savings Bank’s Mattoon & Lerna branches raised $300.22 for the SBLHC Mobile Mammography Services. The Sarah Bush Lincoln Mobile Mammography Unit travels to area health departments, businesses and SBL’s extended campus locations to provide greater access to women throughout East Central Illinois. Washington Savings Bank matched the money raised bringing the total donation to $600.44.

“Washington Savings Bank is such great a community partner,” said Amy Card, SBL Foundation Director. “The bank’s employees have raised funds for not only our mobile mammography program, but also our Heart Center and Cancer Center. In addition, the bank has donated to many programs here at Sarah Bush Lincoln, including our Hospice House campaign. We’re so grateful!”

Sarah Bush Lincoln Mobile Mammography Unit Photo L to R: Stacey Himes, Kim Blain, Megan Verdeyen, Kim Lockart, SBL Health Foundation Special Events Officer