United Way of Schuyler County
Watkins Glen, New York
United Way of Schuyler County, Inc.
PO Box 270
Watkins Glen, New York 14891
Ten years ago Frank and Donna Davis made the choice to move to Schuyler County.
Over the years, the Schuyler community has benefited from their decision, and the benefits are greater now with the couple serving as co-chairmen of the 2013 campaign of the United Way of Schuyler County.
Frank and Donna are both retired from the U.S. Air Force and for 30 years were stationed in California, working on air crews out of Travis Air Force Base. Frank is originally from Dundee; Donna grew up in an always-on-the-move Air Force family.
Summer visits to this region included visits with Frank’s cousin Ray Granston in Schuyler County. Retirement was drawing near, and they began taking a look at Schuyler. The former Dr. William Saks home on the shore of Seneca Lake on the eastern edge of Watkins Glen sealed the deal.
“I saw the house and fell in love with the house,” Donna said.
The couple, self-described “professional travelers,” decided to give the hospitality business a try, opening Sunset on Seneca.
“We never dreamed of doing a bed-and-breakfast,” Frank said. “So far, it seems to be working,” Donna added.
Most importantly, she said, “It allowed us to become part of the community.”
“Putting down roots came later in life for us, but it’s been really good,” Frank said.
Serving as co-chairmen of the United Way campaign is an appropriate role: Donna is Schuyler County emergency coordinator for the Sullivan Trail American Red Cross, a United Way agency. She also serves on the Sullivan Trail board.
Frank covers disaster services technology for Sullivan Trail.
“We’re all interconnected,” Donna said.
“United Way is absolutely the best way for help to get to the people who need it,” Frank said.
The couple is also involved with Cole-Hansenberger-Deland Post 676 of the American Legion in Odessa and the Bath chapter of Disabled American Veterans. Donna also was a member of the Watkins Glen Area Chamber of Commerce board of directors for six years.
October is United Way month in Schuyler County
2013 Campaign Goal~$123,000
Susannah Knapp of O'Susannah's Quilts & Gifts, Watkins Glen, shows the quilt she made to be raffled to support the 2013 United Way campaign. Tickets for the quilt may be purchased each year by contacting any United Way board member or from any local store where the quilt is on display. Go to our Facebook page (United Way of Schuyler County) to find where it is on display each week.
Schuyler County Sheriff William Yessman, center, was the winner of the Schuyler County United Way quilt raffle. With Yessman are 2011 United Way campaign chairmen Barb and Curt Connelly of Burdett. The quilt was donated by O'Susannah's Quilts & Gifts in Watkins Glen. United Way is accepting donations toward the 2013 campaign goal of $123,000 to support 23 agencies serving Schuyler residents. Donations may be sent to P.O. Box 270, Watkins Glen, NY 14891.