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HOME FEDERAL BANK HONORS DENI KIDD AS 2015 HOMETOWN HERO
April 29, 2015
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Bank donates $2,500 to Light Mission Pentecostal Church of Knoxville in Kidd’s name
Home Federal Bank named Deni Kidd a 2015 Hometown Hero and presented a $2,500 donation in her honor to Light Mission Pentecostal Church of Knoxville at a ceremony at the bank’s Merchant Drive office, 501 Merchant Drive, on Wednesday, April 29.
Home Federal Bank’s Hometown Heroes community service awards program spotlights community volunteers who make East Tennessee a more comfortable place for all of us. They mentor our kids; support our seniors; advocate for our most vulnerable; care for our animals; expand our region’s cultural opportunities; and serve in other ways. Eight 2015 honorees were selected for their extraordinary volunteer efforts based on nominations from area nonprofits and the general public.
The honorees, chosen based on their volunteer work in our community, selected a local nonprofit for a $2,500 donation in their names. From these finalists, an overall honoree will have an additional $2,500 donation to his or her chosen nonprofit.
“This is the fifth year of the Hometown Heroes program, and each year I gain a renewed appreciation for our community’s volunteers,” Home Federal Bank President and CEO Dale Keasling said. “People like Deni, who puts her education and experience in psychiatric rehabilitation to use serving others in our community, exemplify what it means to be a Hometown Hero.”
Kidd, a mother of five children with a Ph.D. in psychiatric rehabilitation, volunteers in numerous capacities to make life better for others, including girls and young women threatened by sexual abuse; special needs populations; and refugee families. Working with her husband, Knoxville attorney Dan Kidd, Deni advocates for the local Russian-speaking population. She collects and distributes food and clothing to refugees coming into the United States and offers her home as a refuge to many in need. Kidd also works to help those struggling with English proficiency or facing challenges in a new culture. She recently launched Mission of Light Therapy Services to provide counseling for refugees unable to afford those services.
“Hometown Heroes affords us the opportunity to recognize some commendable individuals,” Keasling said. “At the same time, the program also allows us to financially support many area nonprofits that do a lot of important work in our community.”
Light Mission Pentecostal Church of Knoxville Task Force Chairman Stan Nalley accepted the donation. The donation will benefit the church’s Lonsdale Light Mission ESL Classes and Mission of Light Therapy Services, a new counseling service starting in May.
About Home Federal Bank of Tennessee
Home Federal Bank of Tennessee is a locally owned, full-service bank serving East Tennesseans through 23 offices in Knox, Anderson, Blount and Sevier counties. Every quarter since 1991, the bank has earned a 5-Star Superior rating – the highest possible – by independent authority BauerFinancial. For more information, visit http://www.homefederalbanktn.com.