Pioneer Bank Foundation Cancels 2020 Events Due to COVID-19


The Pioneer Bank Foundation announced today the cancellation of two signature fundraising events for 2020 in an effort to reduce the spread of the coronavirus.

The Pioneer Bank Foundation Mini Golf Tournament, which was slated to take place in August, as well as the Grand Carnival in September will not take place until 2021. Both events collectively drew hundreds of attendees each year and raised more than $45,000 for the Foundation, which is committed to "helping kids be kids" by donating to local charitable organizations that provide for the health and welfare of children.

"The health and safety of our Pioneer family, including our staff, customers, and our community, are our highest priority," said Thomas L. Amell, CEO and President of Pioneer Bank, which administers the Pioneer Bank Foundation. "It is that concern which has forced us to make the difficult decision to cancel these events."

Though these events won't take place this year, the Pioneer Bank Foundation remains committed to giving back. In April, the Foundation announced a minimum $100,000 commitment to local COVID-19 relief efforts focused on the health and welfare of children and families, and it will continue to disperse donations to charitable causes throughout the year.

"We are more determined than ever to continue doing our part to minimize the negative financial impact on charitable organizations so that they can continue providing important services to those in need," states Susan Hollister, Chief Human Resources Officer and Pioneer Bank Foundation Co-Chair.

For those interested in contributing to the Pioneer Bank Foundation's COVID-19 Relief Efforts, donations may be made online through a secure donation link at As always, 100% of contributions are distributed to local non-profits, as all administrative costs are covered by Pioneer Bank. The Pioneer Bank Foundation is a donor-funded, 501(c)(3) nonprofit.

About the Pioneer Bank Foundation
Pioneer Bank is committed to giving back to the communities in which it serves through the Pioneer Bank Foundation, established in 2018, which provides resources to nonprofit organizations that help improve the quality of life for children in the Capital Region. For more information on the Pioneer Bank Foundation, or to make a donation, please visit