Latest Press Releases

July 25, 2022
Lake Shore Savings Bank Awards $15,000 in Grants to Local Non-Profit Organizations

Lake Shore Savings Bank is proud to announce that the Bank has awarded $15,000 in grants to local non-profit organizations throughout Erie and Chautauqua Counties. The Bank’s Community Reinvestment Committee, composed of four members from the local community, is charged with reviewing all submitted grant applications, and ultimately deciding which non-profits will receive grants (awarded on a semi-annual basis). Employees of Lake Shore Savings Bank do not play a role in the decision-making process.

The following organizations were recipients of the latest round of grant awards:

Women’s Health Broadcast Network, Inc., Buffalo, NY
Winifred Crawford Dibert Boys & Girls Club of Jamestown, NY
The Waterfront Foundation at The Chautauqua Center, Jamestown, NY
The Salvation Army – Buffalo Area Services, Buffalo, NY
The Dunkirk Salvation Army, Dunkirk, NY
KidsPeace Foster Care & Community Programs, Williamsville, NY
Infinity Visual & Performing Arts, Inc., Jamestown, NY
Family Promise of Western New York, Buffalo, NY
United Way of Northern Chautauqua County, Dunkirk, NY

“Lake Shore Savings Bank has always been committed to serving our communities,” said Daniel Reininga, Chief Executive Officer. “We are extremely proud to continue our tradition of awarding deserving organizations with funding to support the important work they do.”

More detailed information about the Community Reinvestment Grants, including frequently asked questions, eligibility requirements, and a grant application, can be found at

July 21, 2022
Lake Shore Savings Bank Announces 2022 Van Miller Hometown Hero Scholarship Recipients

Lake Shore Savings Bank is proud to announce two recipients of the Van Miller Hometown Hero Scholarship. Dunkirk High School Graduates Samantha Burgos and Scott Korzenski were both awarded up to $8,000 to be used towards higher education expenses for exemplifying the character of the longtime “Voice of the Buffalo Bills” and Dunkirk native, Van Miller.

“We are extremely pleased to award scholarships to these two outstanding Dunkirk High School students,” said Daniel Reininga, Chief Executive Officer. “Both of them have a bright future ahead of them and I know that they will continue to make the Dunkirk Community and the Miller Family proud for years to come.”

To apply for the scholarship, graduating students at Dunkirk High School submitted a written essay about their personal hero and how that hero influenced their lives. Ms. Burgos, who will attend Jamestown Community College for Nursing, wrote about how she was inspired to become a neonatal nurse by the struggles overcome by her brother, who was born two months prematurely. Mr. Korzenski explained how his High School baseball coach, who recovered from a tragic accident when he was a young man, inspired him to work towards a career as a welder.

The Van Miller Hometown Hero Scholarship Fund was established at the Northern Chautauqua Community Foundation in 2008. Contributions from Van and Gloria Miller, as well as proceeds from the annual Van Miller Hometown Hero Memorial Golf Tournament, have allowed nearly $50,000 to be awarded to Dunkirk High School graduates over the last 13 years. Lake Shore Savings Bank is extremely grateful for the generous and continued support of the many area golfers, sponsors, and volunteers from the community who made this year’s tournament a success. Lake Shore Savings Bank has served as the presenting sponsor of the tournament since its inception in 2008.

Next year’s tournament will take place at Shorewood Country Club in Dunkirk on June 9, 2023.

June 29, 2022
Lake Shore Savings Welcomes Tamara Bellanti as Senior Vice President of Human Resources

Lake Shore Savings Bank is pleased to announce that Tamara Bellanti, SHRM-CP, has been named the company’s new Senior Vice President of Human Resources. Bellanti brings more than 20 years of experience in Human Resources Management to the bank, having worked at several companies in both Chautauqua and Erie Counties. She studied Business Administration at The State University of New York at Fredonia and is certified by the Society for Human Resource Management. Bellanti most recently served as the Director of Human Resources for KSL Diagnostics in Williamsville, NY, where she was instrumental in quickly growing the company’s staff of phlebotomists and laboratory technicians in order to keep up with the increasing demand for diagnostic testing during the COVID-19 pandemic.

“Energizing our employees is such an important part of what we do at Lake Shore Savings Bank,” said Daniel Reininga, Chief Executive Officer. “Tamara’s vast experience in all aspects of Human Resources will be a great asset to this company as it continues to grow and change, serving the communities of our region and Putting People First.”