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Home Federal Bank seeks Hometown Heroes nominations

Home Federal Bank seeks Hometown Heroes nominations

Home Federal Bank has launched its sixth Hometown Heroes community service awards program, which to date has contributed $125,000 to nearly 40 area nonprofit organizations in honor of outstanding community volunteers who make East Tennessee a more comfortable place for all of us.

Potential Hometown Heroes honorees include those who mentor children; support seniors; advocate for the most vulnerable; care for animals; expand the region’s cultural opportunities; and serve in other ways to make East Tennessee a great place to live.

“The Hometown Heroes program demonstrates there are many unsung heroes in our community, volunteers who passionately and consistently give of their time with little or no recognition,” Home Federal Bank Chairman and CEO Dale Keasling said. “Hometown Heroes awards celebrate these volunteers and provide a way for them to also financially support the nonprofits that inspire them to action.”

The deadline to nominate a volunteer for the Hometown Heroes award is March 25, 2016.

Eight 2016 Hometown Heroes honorees will be recognized for volunteer work in the community. Seven will have $2,500 donations made in their names to their favorite nonprofits, and one overall honoree will have $5,000 donated in his or her name.

Last year, Home Federal Bank named Sevier County teen Madison Thomas as the 2015 overall honoree in recognition of her tireless service throughout the Sevierville community. The Sevier County Veterans’ Emergency Fund received a $5,000 donation from the bank in Thomas’ name.

Anyone may nominate a Hometown Hero. Nominations will be accepted through Friday, March 25, 2016 at 5 p.m. Full details and a nomination form are available for download at or can be picked up at any of the bank’s 23 offices in Knox, Anderson, Blount and Sevier counties. Honorees will be announced beginning in April.

“Hometown Heroes reflects the heart of Home Federal Bank,” Keasling said. “As a hometown bank, we are invested in our community and welcome this opportunity to honor the people of East Tennessee who tirelessly give of themselves to make it an even better place.”

About Candice Fitzgibbons

I am a Sevier County resident and active in my local community. I've spent more than 20 years as a graphic designer and copywriter, creating marketing materials to help small to medium sized businesses and non-profit organizations achieve their goals. I have a passion for equality, the environment and animal rights.