In August of 2018, Winnie Watts, known by peers as the “Mayor of Maple” and a pillar in the revitalization of Brand Park passed, leaving an irreplaceable spot on the Brand Park Beautification Committee. Winnie was a mainstay of Maple Avenue, fundraising for the Brand Park Beautification Committee, reaching out to local businesses and individuals to ensure that the Summer Concerts and Olde Tyme Summer Festival occurred annually.
As a tribute to Winnie and Harold Watts, the numerous volunteers and local businesses that have participated in rejuvenating Brand Park, family of Harold and Winnie Watts with the help of Christopher Denton, Esq. created the Harold and WInnie Watts Brand Park Trust Fund in partnership with the Community Foundation of Elmira-Corning and the Finger Lakes, Inc.
The Harold and Winnie Watts Brand Park Trust will ensure the stability of the summer concert series (est. 1992) and the annual Olde Tyme Summer Festival (est. 1994) as well as the Costs for community-based projects, improvements and repairs at the park will also be defrayed.
As the Trust continues to grow beyond the $100,000 goal and the needs of Brand Park are met, projects, charities and scholarships on the Southside of Elmira and the Town of Southport will be considered by the endowment Board of Trustees in partnership with the Community Foundation of Elmira-Corning and the Finger Lakes, Inc.