First Tennessee/FTN Financial and its employees are strong supporters of United Way’s work to impact local education, financial stability and health, consistently ranking in the top levels of giving in our community.
In 2011, over $1.7 million of United Way’s total was contributed by First Tennessee/FTN Financial.
This year’s First Tennessee/FTN Financial kick-off for the United Way fundraising campaign took place last Friday at the downtown First Tennessee branch.
Working for the common good by supporting United Way brings people together – even people who might normally be in competition with each other. There was plenty of good-natured ribbing taking place as United Way’s General Campaign Chairman Joe DiNicolantonio (from Regions Bank) addressed the employees at First Tennessee/FTN Financial last week.
“It’s really tough to stand up here and be from Regions Bank,” DiNicolantonio said, joking with employees from First Tennessee/FTN Financial, “but it’s great to be with you today – when we look at everything you guys have done for our community through years of support for United Way, it’s truly amazing,” he said.
Bruce Hopkins, President of the West Region for First Tennessee, said that it was employees giving at high levels that helps make First Tennessee a top giver, second only behind FedEx in the entire Mid-South area.
“We want to tug on your heart-strings again this year,” he said, adding “we thank each and every one of you for giving.”
DiNicolantonio thanked the group for more than 30,000 hours of volunteer service given by First Tennessee/FTN Financial employees last year and recognized their high number of Tocqueville Society members (49 First Tennessee/FTN Financial employees are members of the prestigious Society who individually give $10,000 or more to United Way).
Shayne Jernigan is helping lead the First Tennessee/FTN Financial fundraising drive for United Way as Campaign Chairman with Amy Shrew as Co-Campaign Chair this year.
Jernigan said that he is proud First Tennessee has been and continues to be a very generous participant in our community.
“This is evidenced by the volunteer hours that all of you have put in to give back,” he said. “The United Way campaign is really about bringing awareness, as well as an opportunity to participate, and we want to continue that generous spirit.
“First Tennessee employees do a phenomenal job of supporting United Way,” he said. “We have a great culture, and we love what we do. We have a good time when we take care of the customer, and in the same vein, I want us all to have a good time when we participate with United Way.”
It has become a tradition at First Tennessee/FTN Financial that at every year’s United Way campaign kickoff, the financial institution shows a small film giving examples of how supporting United Way helps our community – usually with a humorous twist. This year, a video entitled “A United Way Carol” had employees howling with laughter when they saw some of their colleagues dressed up as characters similar to those in Charles Dickens’ classic story, A Christmas Carol.
United Way also wishes to thank Charles Burkett from First Tennessee, a former General Campaign Chairman and Chairman of the Board of Directors for United Way of the Mid-South, who now serves as Chairman of United Way’s Nominating Committee, recruiting new members to the Board.