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April 29, 2013
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Bank donates $2,500 to Salem Baptist Church in Fugate’s name
Home Federal Bank named Sandra Fugate a 2013 Hometown Hero and presented a check for $2,500 in her name to Salem Baptist Church at a ceremony held at the Light Mission Pentecostal Church in the Lonsdale community on Monday, April 29.
Now in its third year, the Hometown Heroes program spotlights ordinary people who do extraordinary things for others and their community. The public submitted dozens of nominations and ten winners were selected for their extraordinary volunteer work.
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 ten finalists will have an additional $2,500 donation made in his or her name.
“There are so many great people that selflessly do an incredible amount of good for our community and never get the credit they deserve,” said Home Federal Bank President Dale Keasling. “People like Sandra Fugate, whose volunteer efforts help people in the community every day, exemplify what it means to be a Hometown Hero.”
Fugate is a volunteer mentor, tutor, trainer, planner, promoter and coordinator. Through her work with a variety of nonprofit groups, she works tirelessly assisting immigrants and refugees to assimilate into their new community. Most recently, she has organized a task force of volunteers from several churches to help Burundian refugees establish a safe and comfortable place to worship at the Light Mission Pentecostal Church in the Lonsdale community. The task force is helping to make needed repairs to the building and to support the church spiritually through the training and organization of pastors and church leaders.
“We are happy to honor these Hometown Heroes,” said Keasling. “And we are pleased to support these programs that do such great things for our neighbors throughout the year.”
Light Mission Pentecostal Church Pastor Magwe Arthemon and Salem Baptist Church treasurer Stan Nalley accepted the donation to support the ecumenical task force.
About Home Federal Bank
Home Federal Bank is a locally-owned, full-service bank serving East Tennesseans through branches in Knox, Anderson, Blount and Sevier counties. For more information, visit http://www.homefederalbanktn.com.