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April 30, 2013
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Bank donates $2,500 to SOAR Youth Ministries in Wallace’s name
Home Federal Bank named Stephanie Wallace a 2013 Hometown Hero and presented a check for $2,500 in her name to SOAR Youth Ministries at a ceremony held at SOAR in the Lonsdale community on Tuesday, April 30.
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 Stephanie Wallace, whose volunteer efforts help at-risk children in our community every day, exemplify what it means to be a Hometown Hero.”
A retired elementary school teacher, Wallace has turned her passion for teaching into her volunteer mission working with SOAR Youth Ministries. An afterschool and summer program, SOAR provides spiritual, emotional, physical and academic support to at-risk youth in the Lonsdale community. According to her peers, Wallace has given her heart and soul to the program, helping to meet the children’s needs by providing meals, teaching a cooking class, helping to create and lead a math tutoring program, developing a behavior management plan and initiating a summer reading program.
“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.”
SOAR Youth Ministries director Clayton Wood accepted the donation on behalf of the organization.
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.