By Press Release Submitted to Published Jun 08, 2016 at 8:06 PM

WaterStone Bank announced today that local nonprofit Hunger Task Force has won the top prize in the bank’s 95th anniversary video contest, receiving a donation of $50,000.

In celebration of 95 years serving the Greater Milwaukee community, WaterStone Bank pledged to give away $95,000 to local nonprofit organizations through a video contest. Starting April 11, registered 501(c)(3) nonprofit organizations in Milwaukee, Waukesha, Washington and Ozaukee counties were invited to submit a one-minute video that tells the story of how their organization is making a difference in the community the way WaterStone has made a difference over 95 years. 

When the entry period closed May 17, ten finalists were selected by the WaterStone Bank Foundation committee from among 109 nonprofit videos entered into the contest.

The public was invited to vote online for the winner between May 23 and 31. A total of 23,652 votes were cast during the voting period. Hunger Task Force earned 5,195 votes, the most votes of any finalist.

Hunger Task Force works to prevent hunger and malnutrition while promoting social policies to achieve a hunger free community tomorrow.  Their winning video can be viewed here:

Other finalists in the contest included the following:

Humane Animal Welfare Society of Waukesha (4,579 votes)

Milwaukee Recreation Department (3,688 votes)

Dryhootch (2,188 votes)

America Scores Milwaukee (1,707 votes)

Milwaukee Homeless Veterans Initiative (1,704 votes)

Gold in September (1,547 votes)

Milwaukee College Prep (1,379 votes)  

Milwaukee Women’s Center (938 votes)  

Marquette YES Program (727 votes)

The WaterStone Bank Foundation donates more than half a million dollars each year to 200+ local charities. More information about the Foundation is available at