Lake Shore Savings Bank raises funds for Mikey’s Way Foundation

Lake Shore Bancorp, Inc., the holding company for Lake Shore Savings Bank is pleased to announce another successful fundraising event.

Lake Shore Savings Bank recently hosted a successful evening of fundraising at 21 Brix Winery in Portland. The evening was filled with lots of love, kindness and generosity. The community event, which featured a Chef’s Food Truck, live auctions, drawings and basket raffles, was filled with lots of enthusiasm and generosity-all to benefit the incredible work of the Mikey’s Way Foundation.

Lake Shore Savings continues to be a proud supporter of the Mikey’s Way Foundation, a charitable non-profit organization that assists pediatric cancer patients coping with the mental strain of treatment. As a result fundraising efforts during the month of October, Lake Shore was pleased to be able to present a check to the Mikey’s Way Foundation in the amount of $20,000 to help children battling cancer and other life-threatening illnesses. The awareness and support of the foundation has grown over the past five years; Mikey’s Way and Lake Shore Savings are very grateful for all of the support.

The evening was highlighted by a surprise check presentation to Les Friedman, CEO of the Mikey’s Way Foundation, by Kevin Sanvidge, CEO of CREDC & executive director of the LECOM Health Challenge and George Borrello, CCIDA board member and county executive elect, in the amount of $20,000. The LECOM Health Challenge selected the Mikey’s Way Foundation to designate as one of its charities of choice from this year’s tournament proceeds.

The Mikey’s Way Foundation was founded by 16-year-old cancer patient Michael “Mikey” Friedman. During his courageous battle with cancer, Mikey chose a shopping spree as his wish, granted to him through the Make-A-Wish Foundation. The shopping spree; however, was not for Mikey. His overwhelming thoughtfulness, generosity and insight instead was meant for other sick children.

Mikey’s vision encompassed a way to help children “escape” from cancer and other life-threatening illnesses involving long-term and debilitating treatment. The “escape” would arrive in the form of a “Connection Cart” filled with electronic devices that traveled through pediatric units, bringing a smile to the face of every child. These electronic devices include tablets, laptop computers, I-pods and other Wi-Fi ready electronics. These devices are meant to inspire children to stay connected with family and friends and create a diversion during their treatments. “Helping Kids Cope….Mikey’s Way.

“Lake Shore continues to be a proud sponsor of the Mikey’s Way efforts throughout our communities,” said Dan Reininga, President and CEO. “Our Lake Shore family has continually risen to the occasion to support such a worthwhile organization.”

“The evening was a great success due to the kindness of many,” said Wendy Harrington, event chairperson. “Lake Shore would like to send a heartfelt thank you to the community, family and friends for their support and generosity. A special thank you to 21 Brix Winery, Lou and Mary Beth Billittier owners of Chef’s Restaurant, Domenic Cortese, WBEN 930 AM’s “Hammertime with Domenic Cortese” , Chautauqua Area Potters, Harvest View Greenhouses, and Portage Pies for all they continue to do to support the wonderful work of The Mikey’s Way Foundation in our community.”