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HOME FEDERAL BANK HONORS TOM HOOD AS 2015 HOMETOWN HERO
April 21, 2015
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Bank donates $2,500 to Montgomery Village Ministry in Hood’s name
Home Federal Bank named Tom Hood a 2015 Hometown Hero and presented a $2,500 donation in his honor to Montgomery Village Ministry at a ceremony at the bank’s South Knoxville office, 4444 Chapman Highway, on Tuesday, April 21.
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 Tom, who devotes his time, skills and financial resources serving young people and the underserved in our community, exemplify what it means to be a Hometown Hero.”
In 1975, with the support of South Knoxville churches, Hood formed Montgomery Village Ministry. Since that time, he has devoted his time, skills and financial resources to lead this ecumenical ministry that strives to empower Montgomery Village and South Knoxville residents by meeting their spiritual, economic and educational needs. The ministry sponsors a program to help people obtain a high school equivalency education and provides free access to computers and the Internet for Montgomery Village residents. The tireless 77-year-old, who has an interest in photography and youth education, also supports the Knox County 4-H youth development program.
“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.”
Montgomery Village Ministry Board Chair Ernestine Cody accepted the donation. The organization works to address the spiritual, educational and economic needs of the residents of Montgomery Village and the South Knoxville area.
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.