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First Horizon celebrating '25 Years of Giving' by giving more

Sue Guinn Legg • Updated Aug 22, 2018 at 10:51 PM

The First Horizon Foundation is celebrating the 25th anniversary of its financial support for nonprofit organizations in the communities where First Tennessee banks do business.

To mark the milestone and to introduce the new Capital Bank Foundation, the sister foundations are conducting a 25 Years of Giving video contest that gives dozens of area nonprofit organizations an opportunity to raise awareness of their programs while vying for cash prizes up to $25,000.

The nonprofit groups have created 60-second videos about how the foundations could or already have partnered with them to support their communities. Round one of public judging to help determine the winners kicked off online Aug. 15 and will run through Aug. 31.

The top 30 online vote-getters will move on to a panel-judged competition through which 25 organizations will receive grants ranging from $5,000 to $25,000, for a total contest giveaway of $250,000.

A total of 39 nonprofit organizations in the Tri-Cities are among the more than 500 in the running online at firsttennesseefoundation.com. Everyone is invited and encourage to vote daily for the organizations of their choice.

The sign-in is a quick, one-time process that requires only an email address and a password. Participants may cast votes for multiple videos on the same day, but are limited to only one on the same video per day. The panel judging will take place in September and winners will be announced on Monday, Oct. 1.

Gerald Hallenbeck, First Tennessee’s Northeast Tennessee market president, said in a press release that the company has been amazed by the amount of enthusiasm its seen from participating organizations.

“Social media and email have blown up with organizations making their advocates aware of the contest and appealing for their votes. We couldn’t be happier with the excitement the First Tennessee Foundation’s contest is generating and the attention it is bringing to the fantastic work these organizations are doing in our communities,” he said.

The nonprofit contestants in the Tri-Cities area include many familiar names: Appalachia Service Project, Brother's Keeper, the Change Is Possible (CHIPS) Family Violence Shelter in Erwin, Coalition For Kids, SteppenStone Youth Treatment Services, Dawn of Hope, the Girl Scout Council of the Southern Appalachians, the Heritage Alliance and International Storytelling Center in Jonesborough, the Langston Education and Arts Development group, Make-A-Wish East Tennessee, the Rotary Foundation of Johnson City, Second Harvest Food Bank of Northeast Tennessee, the Small Miracles Therapeutic Equestrian Center in Kingsport, Speedway Children's Charities and the Crumley House Brain Injury Rehabilitation Center.

Pick your favorites neighbors. Watch a few videos to learn more about those you’re unfamiliar with. Vote and vote often.

If there is a need or a project in your neighborhood the Good Neighbor column can assist with, contact Sue Guinn Legg at 423-722-0538, [email protected] or P.O. Box 1717, Johnson City, TN 37605.

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