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April 23, 2014

April 23, 2014

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Bank donates $2,500 to Emory Valley Center in Thompson’s name

2014-04-23 Home Federal - Hometown Heroes - Smith, Keasling, Thompson, Enderson

Home Federal Bank Executive Vice President Debra Smith (left) and President Dale Keasling name Dottie Thompson (center) a 2014 Hometown Hero at a ceremony at the bank’s Oak Ridge branch, 1125 Oak Ridge Turnpike, Wednesday, April 23. Thompson designated her $2,500 award to Emory Valley Center. Jennifer Enderson (right), president of Emory Valley Center, accepted the funds on behalf of the organization.

Home Federal Bank named Dorothy “Dottie” Thompson a 2014 Hometown Hero and presented a check for $2,500 in her name to Emory Valley Center at a ceremony at the Home Federal Bank Oak Ridge branch on Wednesday, April 23.

In its fourth year, the Hometown Heroes program spotlights ordinary people who do extraordinary things for others and their community. Eight winners were selected for their extraordinary volunteer work based on nominations from area nonprofits and the general public.

A $2,500 donation is made in each honoree’s name to the nonprofit of his or her choice, and an overall winner of the eight finalists will have an additional $2,500 donation made in his or her name.

“This is the fourth year of the Hometown Heroes community service awards program, and I continue to be amazed at the tremendous work being done by dedicated volunteers who quietly serve in so many ways,” Home Federal Bank President Dale Keasling said. “People like Dottie, whose volunteer efforts make life better for mentally and physically challenged individuals throughout East Tennessee, exemplify what it means to be a Hometown Hero.”

Thompson, the 75-year-old mother of a daughter with a severe mental disability, has devoted the past 50 years working to ensure that physically and mentally challenged individuals are able to lead productive adult lives. As co-chair of the capital campaign for the Emory Valley Center, an agency that serves 863 mentally and physically disabled East Tennessee residents, Thompson kicked off the campaign by producing a musical that used 300 volunteers, netted a $44,000 profit and generated publicity that led to $300,000 in individual donations and $2 million from corporate donors. She currently writes grants to raise additional funds. Thompson also has a 19-year history of working with Showcamp, a singing and dancing summer camp for area children, including those with special needs.

“Hometown Heroes affords us the opportunity to recognize some commendable individuals,” Keasling said. “Additionally, the program allows us to support many area nonprofits that do a lot of important work in our community.”

Emory Valley Center President Jennifer Enderson accepted the donation on behalf of the organization.

About Home Federal Bank of Tennessee

Home Federal Bank of Tennessee is a locally owned, full-service bank serving East Tennesseans through branches 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

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