June 16, 2010 – Portsmouth, NH – Piscataqua Savings Bank has been actively involved with the Portsmouth Relay for Life, sponsored by the American Cancer Society, since 2007. This year, nearly the entire staff participated and the team placed fourth among 49 teams, contributing over $5,000 to cancer research.
Wanda Fontaine, Assistant VP & Assistant Operations Officer for the Bank, originally founded the Piscataqua team. Fontaine who lost her father to the disease and whose mother is a four-time cancer survivor says it’s become a family event and next year her teenage daughter plans to lead her own team. Customer Service Representative, Christine Bibeau, led the Piscataqua Savings Bank team this year and Fontaine served as co-captain.
About her experience, Christine Bibeau said, “It all comes together during the Luminaria ceremony where all participants gather to pay tribute to the survivors and to those who have passed. It’s just a wonderful feeling; it means so much to so many people in a lot of different ways. We really hope our part plays a role in finding a cure someday.”
The only mutual bank based in Portsmouth today, Piscataqua Savings is dedicated to serving local individuals and families and has been a cornerstone of the Portsmouth community since 1877. Information is available at www.piscataqua.com.
Jay S. Gibson, President/CEO
Piscataqua Savings Bank