Member Quotes

2017

“What the Acorn Society has always stood for is the principle that what the disadvantaged among us require is not charity but rather the planting of seeds.”
- Gary E. Stout, Esquire

“My personal experiencs with the WCCF has resulted in a very efficient, cost effective way to help myself and others to increase giving to the community and build ongoing resources to help strengthen organizations and individuals.”
- Robert A. Hillberry, Retired, Insurance and Financial Services

“An advised fund with the WCCF is a great way to bring family members together to discuss and review charitable support and grant requests.  Uniting children in the spirit of philanthropy is often a motivator with my clients.”
- Robert T. Cupp, WesBanco Trust and Investment Services, Senior Trust Officer

“The WCCF promotes a spirit of ‘giving back’ to our community.  Whether those gifts are large or small, all gifts promote and support that spirit.  The WCCF not only makes a big difference with its financial stewardship but in its contributions to the quality of life in our area.”
- Patrick G. O’Brien, Community Bank, Senior Executive Vice President & Chief Operating Officer

“The Foundation is a vehicle to make our communities stronger.”
- Barron P. McCune, Jr., Community Bank, President & CEO

“I am proud to be associated with the Washington County Community Foundation and happy to know that my efforts at helping the non-profit community have been enhanced by the Foundation’s good work.”
- William King, Washington Financial Bank, Senior Vice President

“The Washington County Community Foundation is a true leader in our county.  The Foundation’s indomitable mission to facilitate philanthropy, promote charitable support, conservation, and scholarship is an invaluable asset.”
- Judge John DiSalle, Washington County Court of Common Pleas

“The Community Foundation has become the leader in Washington County giving, and its strong leadership has shown the way.”
- John C. Tecklenburg II, Senior International Counsel

“It is great to have in our community an organization that so efficiently administers legacy planning.”
- Thomas J. Uram, V and T Wealth Management, Financial Advisor

“It’s a good feeling to be a part of something that can help so many people.”
- Vicki King, Washington Financial Bank, Senior Teller

2016

"Especially when I’m working with people of faith, it’s a wonderful experience to share with them the joy of continuing their support of favorite charitable organizations through a legacy” 
- Rebecca Bowman, ESQ, P.E.

“It is an honor to be able to partner with WCCF in supporting the community welfare.” 
- David W. Moore, Deloitte & Touche, Retired CPA

“Washington Financial has been dedicated to helping its communities for over four generations and has partnered with the Community Foundation since its inception. I am proud to be part of an organization that remains focused on helping others.” 
- Elizabeth I. Guerrieri, Washington Financial, Vice President, Marketing/Public Relations Manager

“In my capacity as the banks Community Reinvestment Act Officer, I have the opportunity to interact with many organizations and I have regularly seen the impact of WCCF’s efforts. I am proud to be associated with such a great organization.” 
- Chris Oravetz, Washington Financial, Community Reinvestment Officer

“It’s not always about the money, sometimes showing a little kindness, taking the time to talk to someone, or just showing someone that you care because you want to not because you have to can make the biggest difference in a person’s life.” 
- Vicki King, Washington Financial, Teller

“There is no more positive reflection of the character of a community than the existence of a vibrant and growing community foundation supported and fostered by local people for local causes.” 
- Johnathan G. Higie, Peacock Keller & Ecker, Partner

“The Washington Community Foundation provides a way for my clients to become philanthropists with professional fund management and support.” 
- Lisa J. Buday, Esquire

“I am very humbled and honored to be recognized by the Washington County Community Foundation. Henry Ford said, ‘Coming together is a beginning, staying together is a process, and working together is a success.’ Thank you to WCCF for creating success in our county.” 
- Joseph M. Piszczor, Csenge Advisory Group, Financial Advisor

“The Washington County Community Foundation is a tremendous asset to our community. It provides a valuable support system between the generous individuals and businesses of Washington County and the many nonprofit organizations that work so hard to address the needs of our community.” 
- Gary A. Kissinger, Palermo Kissinger & Associates, CPA

“The WCCF changes lives in Washington County every day. We are proud to support this organization aiding the most vulnerable and weakest segments of their communities.” 
- Karen E. Saine, First Commonwealth Bank, Vice President/Corporate Banking

“I have never been involved with an organization that touches so many individuals and charities in such a profound and positive way.  Whether you are a donor, a recipient or a charity, the Foundation is a one stop shop.  The Washington County Community Foundation has such a reach that as a donor they are able to customize your bequest to provide the most rewarding and fulfilling gift.” 
- Debbie Takach, Washington Financial Bank, Credit Analysis

2015

“The Washington County Community Foundation helps to provide a ring-fence around the most vulnerable among us to protect them from the ravishes of poverty, illiteracy, and domestic violence.”
- Gary E. Stout, ESQ

“The WCCF continues to provide a great value to our community by not only providing a vehicle to channel charitable dollars but more importantly, by promoting a spirit of philanthropy among all associated within it.”
- Patrick O’Brien, Sr. EVP & COO, Community Bank

“Northwest has a deep rooted commitment to giving back to the community. The WCCF has been the perfect partner in fulfilling this mission. The WCCF connects us with those in need and ensures that our contributions have the greatest impacts on our community.”
- Chris Claspy, Vice President, Washington County Area Manager, Northwest Savings Bank

“I am honored to be recognized by the Washington County Community Foundation which plays such an important role in our community.”
- Kristian E. White, Office Managing Member, Steptoe & Johnson PLLC

“It doesn’t matter how big or how small the contribution they all make a difference.”
- Vicki King, Customer Solution Specialist I, Washington Financial Bank

“The Washington County Community Foundation provides a valuable resource to so many individuals and organizations in Washington County. In the 10 years of my involvement the organization has grown tremendously. It is a one stop shop for donors and recipients. The foundation provides a need in the community that is not met to this extent by any other organization. Having the ability to obtain a vehicle for legacy gifting in Washington County is invaluable to our community.”
-Deborah Takach, Vice President Business Banking, First Commonwealth Bank

2014

“Congratulations to all of the 2014 awardees for well-deserved recognition of their achievements and years of service.”
- Carlyn Belczyk, Guthrie, Belczyk & Assoc., P.C.

“None of us has done anything to deserve the blessings with which we have been endowed. The Washington County Community Foundation continues to be an effective vehicle for expressing our gratitude by giving back.”
- Rebecca Bowman, Sole Proprietor, Rebecca A. Bowman, ESQ., P.E.

“WesBanco is pleased to again attain membership in the McCune Acorn Society. We are grateful to partner with many legal and accounting professionals to serve our mutual clients as they fulfill their charitable intentions with help from the Community Foundation.”
- Robert T. Cupp, Jr., Senior Vice President, WesBanco Trust and Investment Services

“The recession and inequality have ripped apart our social fabric.  The Community Foundation is making repairs, one project at a time.”
- Gary E. Stout, ESQ., Attorney

“The WCCF improves the quality of life for so many individuals in Washington County... It is a privilege to be involved with such a dynamic organization.”
- Deborah E. Takach, Vice President, Business Banking

“Helping my clients and community.”
- Lisa J. Buday, Esquire

“It is clear that the Washington County Community Foundation is changing the quality of life in our area.  It is an honor to be involved with this program.”
- Edward C. Morascyzk, Attorney, Morascyzk, Stopperich & Associates

“Never resting; always thinking of new ways to make it easier for Washington County to “Give”… that IS the WCCF.”
- Cynthia B. Kotowski, CFO, Redevelopment Authority of the County of Washington

“The WCCF is a leading proponent for charities throughout Washington County.”
- William G. Stough, CFO, Coen Oil Company

2013

“By hosting days of giving, Community Foundations across the country are helping to raise millions of dollars for charities in their communities.  Washington Financial commends the initiative of the Washington County Community Foundation to provide such an opportunity for charities in Washington County, and we are pleased to sponsor the inaugural _WCCF Gives_ day on September 10.”
- Brian Smith, President & CEO, Washington Financial Bank

“Endowment giving lasts! Those who have set up charitable accounts in the WCCF, now totaling more than $15 million, have assured themselves that their generosity will keep on giving for the causes dear to their hearts.”
- Charles Keller, Senior Counsel, Peacock, Keller & Ecker

“The foundation is a great asset for the community.”
- Mark Winiecki, CPA, MS, Director of Taxes, Guthrie, Belczyk & Associates

“A good team can many times do what a single person cannot.  The Community Foundation is one good team for charitable giving.”
- John C. Tecklenburg II, International Counsel

“A long-time partner with the WCCF, WesBanco is thrilled to be recognized for our efforts to develop and strengthen this charitable mission.”
- Robert T. Cupp, Jr., Senior Vice President, WesBanco Trust and Investment Services

“The people of Washington County have a heart for serving and supporting their community.  The WCCF provides a vehicle through which that desire can be realized in a meaningful and lasting way.”
- Patrick G. O’Brien, President & CEO, First Federal

“Washington County Community Foundation is a local organization; by participating in it you are providing opportunities to improve local individuals lives, charitable and civic organizations, both now and in the future.”
- Lonnie C. Nicholls, Vice President Business Banking, Washington Financial Bank

“The WCCF is an integral part of the charitable landscape for Washington County.”
- Charles R. Guthrie, CPA, Guthrie, Belczyk & Associates

“The Foundation provides valuable financial support to many areas of our society.  I am proud to be able to assist in that effort.”
- Warren E. Lemley Jr., CPA

“To serve God is to serve mankind; charitable giving through the community foundation is a great way to begin, extend, and expand such service.”
- Traci L. McDonald, Deputy District Attorney, Washington County

"My client's interest in providing scholarship money for higher education to qualified middle class high school graduates residing in Washington County (without incurring crushing student loan debt) was best fulfilled by working with WCCF."
- William D. Phillips, Phillips & Faldowski

"The Foundation expands the opportunities of community enrichment."
- Sandra K. Guthrie, CPA, Guthrie, Belczyk & Associates

"I have noted in the last several years that discussions I have had concerning gift giving through the Washington County Community Foundation.  It is evident that when gift giving is being considered, gifting through the Washington County Community Foundation has become essential."
- George K. Hanna, Owner, George K. Hanna

"Since our lives are tied to the communities in which we live, philanthropy should be fundamental in assisting future generations succeed: WCCF is that vehicle."
- Neil D. Bassi, President & CE, Charleroi Federal Savings Bank

"The WCCF continues to fulfill the leadership role in our region for philanthropy by facilitating philanthropic giving and by promoting community support of vital programs and causes including women’s programs, education, and the arts."
- Judge John DiSalle, Washington County Court of Common Pleas

"The Community Foundation is a truly valuable resource that empowers each of us to serve a wide diversity of interests not only for today but for years to come.  It is our legacy to future generations of Washington County."
- Carlyn Belczyk, Partner, Guthrie, Belczyk & Associates

"The Washington County Community Foundation helps individuals, families, and organizations make the most of their charitable giving.  The Community Foundation has brought life to our County by providing opportunities for people to realize their potential year in and year out."
- Polly Musar, Vice President, First Niagara Bank

"The Washington County Community Foundation is committed to supporting and encouraging the non-profit organizations that serve the Washington community.  The _WCCF Gives_ campaign is just one example of how the Foundation provides practical tools that enable smaller organizations to leverage their limited resources and increase their impact."
- Suzanne Ewing, Shareholder, Buchanan Ingersoll & Rooney

2012

“The Washington County Community Foundation has grown into a marvelous asset for the County, its citizens and its charitable and civic organizations.  Supporting the arts, education and social issues, and providing many scholarship opportunities for local students, the Foundation’s leadership of philanthropy to our Community is magnificent.”
- Judge John F. DiSalle, Washington County Court of Common Pleas

“Among the numerous advantages of the Washington County Community Foundation is the efficient and superior management of assets coupled with the knowledge that the contributions will ‘stay at home’ and benefit those following in our steps in Washington County.”
- William E. Speakman, Jr., Partner, Speakman, Riethmuller & Allison

“It is a great honor to be associated with such an esteemed organization known for its distinguished work in our community. The WCCF provides an invaluable resource in our county, insuring success not only today, but for years to come.”
- Pauline A. Musar, Vice President, First Niagara Bank

“As a former board member and chairman of the Washington County Community Foundation, I was able to appreciate, first hand, the extensive efforts of the Organization and the positive impact on so many individuals, as both donors as well as recipients.”
- R. Carlyn Belczyk, CPA, Guthrie, Belczyk & Associates
 
“Supporting our Community has altruism at its core, but it also has a tangible business benefit.  We would encourage involvement with the WCCF from anyone who wishes to understand our community better.  Through our mutual efforts and understanding come opportunities through which we make each other stronger.  There is no better example of this than the Acorn Society.”
- Robert T. Cupp, Jr., CFA, Senior Vice President, WesBanco Trust and Investment Services
 
“Winston Churchill once quoted, ‘We make a living by what we get but we make a life by what we give.’ It has been a blessing for our area to have the Community Foundation as a philanthropic platform to enrich the lives of others.”
- Neil D. Bassi, President & CEO, Charleroi Federal Savings Bank
 
“The Washington County Community Foundation provides a variety of ways for those of all economic levels to establish lasting charitable gifts that will continue to provide support in the future for charities of choice as well as eligible individuals and groups.  The Foundation’s Board and staff invest your gifts in secure and proven funds with professional guidance.  You can put your mind at ease, knowing that your gift will continue to grow and provide.”
- Judge Thomas D. Gladden, Washington County Court of Common Pleas
 
“Opening the door to the satisfaction of charitable giving brings fulfillment to others…and a sense of accomplishment to Acorn Society members. Giving to others brings its own rewards.”
- Charles C. Keller, Senior Counsel, Peacock, Keller & Ecker

“Northwest values education and our community.  Washington County Community Foundation provides the channel to assist in demonstrating those values. The foundation is an integral part of our EITC contribution process by getting these funds to the local High Schools and Learning Centers.  The staff and the organization are an asset to Washington County.”
- Kimberly Shoup, Manager, Northwest Savings Bank

“The WCCF is a great asset for the region. The WCCF makes it possible for a wide range of donors to create funds to meet the critical needs of the region.”
- Mark G. Winiecki, CPA, MS(Tax), Director of Taxes, Guthrie, Belczyk & Associates
 
“The Foundation is a worthy partner for professionals with clients interested in enriching lives in our community through the art of charitable giving.”
- Angela D. Kusturiss, Esq., Partner, Kusturiss, Wolf & Kusturiss
 
“Philanthropy is the keystone that holds the not-for-profit world together.  Organizations can no longer depend on the government alone for their support.  Private contributions will increasingly become more essential to our organizations’ financial and pragmatic viability.”
- Charles R. Guthrie, CPA, Guthrie Belczyk & Associates

“It’s that place where giving back can happen in many ways.”
- Dennis E. Dutton, Principle Owner, Walker MacCartney Insurance
 
“Being a part of the Washington County Community Foundation is rewarding on so many levels.  Contributing to the Foundation allows you to touch more lives than you would have been able to on an individual level.”
- Deborah E. Takach, Vice President, Business Banking, First Commonwealth Bank
  
“I get much satisfaction out of helping people in need.  My parents taught me well. The WCCF, James H. McCune Acorn Society, provides you the opportunity to be able to change someone’s life by giving back. The more you give of yourself, the more you get back, many times over.”
- Mary Jane Greenlee Sertik, Associate Broker, Keller Williams Realty
 
“The Foundation allows all Donors to participate in making a difference in building and strengthening our community for today and tomorrow.”
- Sandra K. Guthrie, Guthrie, Belczyk & Associates
   
“It is not the length of life, but the depth.”
- James A. Capra Jr., Vice President Business Banking, First National Bank of Pennsylvania

2011

“It is very gratifying to know that funds established at the Community Foundation will continue to benefit future generations in our community.”
- Carlyn Belczyk, CPA, Guthrie, Belczyk & Associates

“Partnering with the Community Foundation enables our law firm to service the charitable needs of our clients for a lifetime and beyond.”
- Susan Mondik Key, Attorney, Peacock Keller & Ecker

“Partnering with the Washington County Community Foundation has been invaluable in furthering the Main Street Farmers Market’s quest to create a permanent market site in Downtown Washington.”
- Allan C. Lucchini, Retired CPA, Treasurer, Main Street Farmers Market

“A community is best served when its charitable assets remain in the community.  The Washington County Community Foundation is our local vehicle for managing both long-term and short-term charitable assets and in this role has proven itself to be a community asset.”
- Brian J. Smith, President & CEO, Washington Financial

“WCCF is a very professional organization that offers excellent services which allows donors to make charitable contributions as they see fit.”
- Loretta B. Kendall, Attorney, Loretta B. Kendall Attorney at Law

“Establishing a fund to honor a loved one is an excellent method to ensure continuing good works in his or her memory.”
- L. Dawn Haber, Attorney, Akman & Associates

“The Community Foundation is a great vehicle for people to use to meet their charitable goals."
- Mark G. Winiecki, Director of Taxes, Guthrie, Belczyk & Associates

“The Washington County Community Foundation provides an excellent means for individuals, families, and members of our community to remember and honor loved ones by the creation of funds that help others."
- Jana Phillis Grimm, Attorney, Eckert, Seamans, Cherin & Mellot

“Be it through a Charitable Gift Annuity, Trust planning, or Estate planning, the Washington County Community Foundation provides our clients with the opportunity to support the programs and institutions in the community for which they have a passion.  Additionally it allows our clients to designate guidance for the prudent usage of those gifts and provides peace of mind that their gifts will provide maximum effectiveness.”
- Robert T. Cupp, Sr. Vice President, WesBanco Trust & Investment Services

“The Foundation provides Washington’s charity community with encouragement, expertise and excellent professional advice enabling our local organizations to grow and flourish, and to improve the quality of life in our region.”
- Suzanne Ewing, Shareholder, Buchanan Ingersoll & Rooney

“The Community Foundation by establishing, administering and investing donated funds strives to carry out the goals of the donor and to meet the needs of the entire community.”
- Kenneth L. Baker, Attorney, Peacock Keller & Ecker

“The Washington County Community Foundation provides an invaluable vehicle to our community by allowing our residents to efficiently provide charitable dollars for a chosen purpose or organization.  Our community is a better place because of the work of the WCCF.”
- Patrick B. O’Brien, President & CEO, First Federal Savings Bank

“As an employee of First Commonwealth and a Board Member of the Foundation, I see firsthand how donations to the Foundation touch the lives of so many individuals in our community.”
- Deborah E. Takach, Vice President, First Commonwealth Bank

“I consider it to be an honor to be associated with the Washington County Community Foundation.  It provides donors with a vehicle to help improve the quality of life in our community.”
- Edward C. Morascyzk, Attorney, Morascyzk, Stopperich & Associates

“Local professionals of all stripes are proud to participate in the Acorn Society.”
- Barron P. McCune, President & CEO, Community Bank

“Giving has a ripple effect.  Helping someone touches many lives.  It’s great to make a difference in someone else’s life.
- Mary Jane Sertik, Associate Broker, Keller Williams Realty

2010

“The Foundation provides a secure vehicle for donors to maximize their charitable wishes for generations to come."
- Kenneth L. Baker, Attorney, Peacock Keller & Ecker

“On several occasions over the years, I have represented the Community Foundation on cy pres issues in the Washington County Court of Common Pleas.  Cy pres, meaning “as near as possible,” is a doctrine which permits the nearest practical charitable substitution for charitable assets when the original one is no longer possible, practical or legal.   Although the charitable purposes of the cases were very different, the Community Foundation was determined by the court to be the best substitution because in all cases, the assets were to be held in perpetuity, which is one of the primary services the Community Foundation provides.”
- James H. McCune, Partner, Bassi, McCune & Vreeland

“This is a very exciting time for the Southwestern PA economy and the Washington County Community Foundation will play a critical role for those dealing with income and estate tax issues.  Good fortune deserves great planning and WesBanco is proud to partner with the WCCF and offer alternatives to those wishing to minimize taxes and support our community.”
- Robert T. Cupp, Sr. Vice President, WesBanco Trust & Investment Services

“Working with professionals a the Community Foundation made structuring multiple long-term charitable contributions from a client’s real estate not only possible, but prompt, efficient and feasible.  A delight to work with, their knowledge and expertise truly makes the Foundation a community asset.
- David L. Ream, VP & General Counsel, Sharp’s Furniture Store, Inc.

“The work of the Washington County Community Foundation is an important part of the fabric of our community.  When citizens are not only encouraged but given the tools to be philanthropic, good things happen.”
- Patrick B. O’Brien, President & CEO, First Federal Savings Bank

“At Washington Financial we recognize that the Community Foundation provides a unique and valuable charitable service which is being utilized by many in our community, including several of our bank customers.”
- Brian Smith, President & CEO, Washington Financial

“The Washington County Community Foundation is a great asset for Washington County.  I have recommended this Foundation to many of my clients for their charitable goals."
- Mark G. Winiecki, Director of Taxes, Guthrie, Belczyk & Associates

“Many of my clients utilize the services of the Community Foundation to fulfill their charitable goals, whether those goals are immediate or longer-term.  Because giving through the Community Foundation can be very tax-wise, many of my clients are able to give more.”
- Warren E. Lemley, Jr., Certified Public Accountant

“Most trust banks today require large sums of money to administer a charitable trust. The Washington County Community Foundation is essential in our community because of its willingness to accept more modest sums of money to do what the client wanted to do for the common good.”
- Harold V. Fergus, Attorney, Fergus Martin & Fergus