First Tennessee is celebrating its 150th Anniversary with 150 Days of Giving, awarding $5,000 each day to the nonprofit organization with the most online votes.
The company’s private charitable foundation, First Tennessee Foundation, will give $5,000 to a different nonprofit organization every day starting March 25 and ending August 21. Winners are based upon the organization with the most cumulative votes at midnight each day. More than 1,000 organizations are eligible, all having previously been the recipient of a direct grant or matching gift from First Tennessee Foundation since 2008. Each organization can win only once.
“This is a way to give back to the communities we serve,” said Bryan Jordan, chairman and CEO of First Horizon. “The support of our customers and communities made our first 150 years possible, so we’re saying thanks by continuing our proud tradition of investing in our communities. We know the $750,000 our foundation will award in our 150 Days of Giving will be used to make our communities stronger.”
First Tennessee Bank is a subsidiary of First Horizon National Corp.
To vote, go to www.150daysofgiving.com and search for your favorite charity or click A-Z for alphabetical listing of those eligible. Each person may vote for up to ten organizations per day, per device. For instance, a single participant may vote a maximum of 10 times from their computer and 10 more times from their smartphone.
Cleveland State Community College Foundation in southeast Tennessee won the first $5,000 prize with the most public votes on March 25, the bank’s anniversary and kickoff day for the contest. Sevier County’s Wears Valley Ranch recently won on June 15. Some other winners in our area include Second Harvest Food Bank of East Tennessee, East Tennessee Historical Society, Great Smoky Mountains Heritage Center, and American Eagle Foundation.
This is not a complete list, just a few of the local organizations still in the running:
- Friends of the Smokies
- Make-A-Wish Foundation of East Tennessee
- Adopt a Golden Knoxville – Golden Retriever Rescue
- Cancer Support Community of East Tennessee
- Catholic Charities of East Tennessee
- East Tennessee Children’s Hospital
- East Tennessee Veterans Memorial Association
- Great Smoky Mountains Institute at Tremont
- National Kidney Foundation Serving East Tennessee
- Remote Area Medical Foundation
- Susan G. Komen Knoxville
- The University of Tennessee Foundation
Comment below if you know of other eligible organizations in 150 Days of Giving which benefit our local community.