First Tennessee awards leadership grants

Local nonprofits recently received checks totaling $16,500 thanks to a grant program that rewards public service by First Tennessee employees.

The First Tennessee Leadership Grants program recognizes employees who have served at least 36 hours working on a nonprofit organization’s board during the year. The organization cannot be one to which First Tennessee remits dues. Employees who serve as board members are eligible for a $500 annual Leadership Grant from First Tennessee Foundation. If the employee serves as an officer or committee chair, the grant can be up to $1,000. The employee is given the privilege of presenting the check to the organization.

Maryville organizations receiving $1,000 contributions and their corresponding board members were: Maryville City Schools Foundation - Janine Stinnett and American Red Cross-Blount County Chapter - Greg Wilson.

Knoxville organizations receiving $1,000 contributions and their corresponding board members included: Big Brothers and Big Sisters of East Tennessee and Boy Scouts of America, Great Smoky Mountain Council - Jim Atchley; Knoxville Kiwanis Youth Foundation Inc. - Bruce Bryant; National Kidney Foundation of East Tennessee and Jubilee Community Arts - Rebecca Dockery; Knoxville Area Chamber Partnership-Partnership Initiatives - Pamela Fansler; Sertoma Center - Michelle Hardin; YWCA Knoxville - Jennifer Holder; Trout Unlimited - Rick Murphree; The Wellness Community of East Tennessee Inc. - David Rector; Knoxville Area Urban League - Bryan Stubblefield; and American Red Cross of Greater Knoxville - Thor Victorson.

The Fort Sanders Foundation and East Tennessee Veterans Memorial Association of Knoxville received $500 contributions in recognition of service by Pamela Fansler and Jennifer Holder, respectively.

The Ministerial Association Temporary Shelter Inc. of Morristown received a $1,000 contribution in recognition of service by Terry Hackney. The Hearing and Speech Foundation of Maryville received a $500 contribution in recognition of service by John Hinkle.

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